ONE- Starting with the negatives, three straight home league defeats is worrying and this needs to be turned around soon to make sure that a relegation battle is not on the cards.
TWO- The defending wasn’t up to the normal standard, hopefully this was just a one off and Manchester City’s millions and millions of pounds worth of talent took advantage. Winston Reid had an unusually poor game, we all hope for better next week from arguably our best player since being back in the top flight.
THREE- Despite the result, I wasn’t too discouraged by the performance and I don’t think a defeat against Manchester City is going to shape our season.
FOUR- The performances of Mark Noble, Stewart Downing and Razvan Rat bodes well. Noble was brilliant in the midfield, best player in claret and blue yesterday for me. Downing also played very well, just a shame Andy Carroll wasn’t there to get on the end of his crosses. Left back is solved with Rat, defensively sound and offers so much more going forward than Joey O’Brien.
FIVE- The formation was not a one hit wonder in my eyes. I believe it has the potential to work especially away from home on the counter. At home maybe we needed that focal point up-front. Easy to say in hindsight, but would it have effected the result? I don’t think so!
All in all there is no doubting that the Citizens deserved their win, when one City player cost more than the whole Hammers squad on that day then its always going to be tough. Sergio Aguero and David Silva were in a different class and they were the difference between the two sides.