LONDON, Sporting Alert – West Ham United were hammered 5-0 at home by a rampant Manchester City side in a third-round FA Cup clash here at London Stadium on Friday.
The visitors scored three goals in the first half to take a commanding lead going into the break before adding two more goals to the scoreline in the second half.
Yaya Toure, David Silva and an own goal set Manchester City on their way to a 3-0 lead at the end of the opening 45 minutes.
“Finally, we were able to keep the ball more than the last games, where it was almost impossible, so we played much, much better in that sense,” Man City boss Pep Guardiola told BBC One.
“We create more chances when that happens and we concede few and of course it helps us a lot.”
After a well-contested opening half hour of action, Manchester City took West Ham apart with three quick goals.
Toure, who has now converted his 13 penalties for Manchester City in all competitions, gave the Citizens the lead with a well-taken spot kick in the 33rd minute.
Havard Nordtveit beat his own goalkeeper in the 41st-minute as he tried to intercept a cross from Bacary Sagna on the right side and it instantly turned to 2-0.
Raheem Sterling then found Silva inside the box and after faking out goalkeeper Adrian, the Spanish international easily tapped home from close range in the 43rd minute to make it 3-0.
After the break, Sergio Aguero directed home a Toure shot in the 50th minute to make it 4-0 before centre-back John Stones finished things off when he grabbed his first Manchester City goal in the process when he headed home a Nolito’s corner in the 84th minute.
“Before the penalty we had three or four clear chances and after the second and third goal it was easy for the second half,” said Guardiola.
“Always it is important to win away, it’s not easy in West Ham in the cup.
“Hopefully it can help us to make our players believers that they are good enough to play every game. They have to believe they are able to compete wherever.”
The FA Cup third-round action continues on Saturday with another busy schedule as English Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Leicester City and West Bromwich are all in action.