It was the best performance under David Moyes by far for West Ham United. But it still wasn’t enough.
The Hammers diligent, valiant performance at the Etihad could not prevent another defeat, as league leaders Manchester City secured a 2-1 comeback win with David Silva scoring another late winner for Pep Guardiola’s side.
It was a truly a night and day performance from the horror show that was the defeat at Everton, as Moyes got West Ham well organized throughout the contest to frustrate the vaunted City attack. And they were rewarded for their organization when Aaron Cresswell’s good delivery from Angelo Ogbonna in the 44th minute to give the Hammers an improbable lead.
But Guardiola’s side were always going to be hard to deny for the entire 90 minutes, as City did find their breakthrough in the 57th minute, when Gabriel Jesus’ direct run and cross found Nicolas Otamendi to level the match. And just when it seemed the Hammers could hold on and at least get a shocking point away, Kevin De Bruyne fond David Silva with a perfect cross, as the Spainard found some stretching powers to tap the ball past Adrian in the 83rd minute.
It’s another loss for the Hammers despite the performance, and is just the start for the 19th place side having a difficult run of fixtures. It doesn’t get any easier for West Ham, as they will play Chelsea next week.