It’s late this week but might turn out to be a good preview for this weekend’s matches! To navigate through each game please use the navigation quick links at the bottom of this page or the page numbers at the bottom! Thanks for reading my players of the week where I pick a Man of the Match from each game!
West Ham 0 – 0 Man City
The Hammers shut up shop and continued their fine home form by stifling a Man City side which has failed to get going this term.
Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien and James Collins put in gritty performances to keep Balotelli & co. at bay, and it was the performance of the latter which caught the eye, most notably because of the Welshman’s poor start to the campaign.
Collins marshalled his defence, which weathered the City storm, winning 100% of his tackles, and 67% of both his ground and aerial duels.
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He also made 10 clearances over his 84 minutes and showed ambition to get forward by completing 89% of his passes in the attacking half.
This was a vintage Allardyce performance as his side ground out a gritty result and launched plenty of balls forward to Andy Carroll, but it was the defensive performance which culminated in 5 shot-blocks, restricting City’s forward three to just two shots on target that stood out.