By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City sealed the Premier League title as the season drew to a close, a 2-0 win over West Ham – comfortable in the end – ensuring Manuel Pellegrini secured the league in his first season in English football to join the Capital One Cup trophy.
There were to be no dramas like two years ago, with City knowing the title was in their hands and delivering a professional, consummate performance to seal the win.
City were always in control, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero going close with respective efforts, before they finally seized the lead to settle the nerves of the crowd five minutes before half-time. Yaya Toure laid off to Nasri who was allowed yards of space unchallenged, and he duly unleashed beyond Adrian to make it 1-0 and move his team ever closer to the much-coveted silverware, two years after their last success in the Premier League.
At Anfield, where Liverpool needed to win comprehensively and hope for a West Ham revival, Martin Skrtel’s own goal had put Brendan Rodgers’ side behind, news that filtered through at the Etihad just prior to City’s opener.
The City fans’ were relaxed further by a second goal by captain fantastic Vincent Kompany, a scramble in the penalty area falling to the Belgian who flicked home from three yards to make it 2-0.
In truth, City couldn’t have picked much better opponents to face; West Ham were completely lacking as an attacking threat, managing just three shots in the entire match, none on target. The hosts sealed the win and with it the title to the delight of their fans. At Anfield, goals from Daniel Agger and former City man Daniel Sturridge had reversed the score-line, but it was too little too late, though the Reds will reflect on this season in weeks to come with pride after an impressive campaign.
On Monday, the City squad paraded the Premier League trophy alongside the Capital One Cup, an undoubtedly successful season and with foundations that promise to keep up an impressive return of silverware for years to come.
Micah will reflect on a difficult season personally, but he wishes to thank all the fans that have continued to support him, and he looks forward to showing what he can do on the pitch next season.