West Ham lost for the first time this season against Premier League champions Manchester City with a scoreline that flattered the visitors.
Despite the loss, there will certainly be no shame in it as our Hammers produced a display that on another day could have yielded a very different result.
As expected, Pep Guardiola’s side dominated much of the possession, but once West Ham settled into the game, there was a feeling that the quality on display could carve out opportunities against the treble winners.
Our Hammers should have been ahead after a corner from Jarrod Bowen, but the opportunity was squandered with the goal begging.
Then with 10 minutes before the break we were ahead, with an excellent build up and cross from Coufal which found Ward-Prowse, who added another goal since his summer move and guided a header into the bottom corner.
West Ham were then dominant before the break, with Man City looking vulnerable and needing the half time whistle to blow.
The second half though couldn’t have started any badly for Moyes’ side, as we conceded in the first minute thanks to Doku.
Zouma was incredibly unlucky not to get us back in front, with a fierce header from a Ward-Prowse corner – but Ederson saved brilliantly.
The big turning point though came on 70 minutes when Alvarez went off with an injury, for which West Ham had to juggle and suddenly the balance was slightly lost.
Man City then went on to show their abundance in quality, with goals from both Silva and Haaland, on 76 and 86 minutes respectively to send all 3 points back to Manchester.
It was harsh on West Ham who performed well and deserved more, but credit must go to the visitors too who demonstrated why they are the Premier League champions.