By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City hit West Ham for six in the first-leg of their Carling Cup semi-final clash, Alvero Negredo netting a hat-trick as the hosts saw off their London rivals 6-0 at the Etihad.
There was little doubt how the game was going to go in the opening exchanges, City – imperious so far at home – exposing the weaknesses in the Hammers’ defence.
And they were in front with 11 minutes on the clock, Yaya Toure picking out Negredo who fired home to make it 1-0, with David Silva and Samir Nasri denied only by Adrian in West Ham’s goal soon after.
City doubled their advantage not long after, Edin Dzeko turning provider as his reverse pass allowed Negredo to slot beyond the Hammers’ stopper and make it 2-0.
Yaya Toure had the scent for a goal and he wasn’t to be denied with five minutes of the first half remaining, charging from midfield and rifling a shot beyond Adrian to make it three, with the visitors struggling to contain the attacks.
West Ham did manage to forge a couple of chances for themselves, but the tie was all but put to bed shortly after the interval, Negredo collecting Silva’s deflected pass and curling home to seal his hat-trick and put City 4-0 up.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men weren’t finished, and Dzeko grabbed a goal for himself after Gael Clichy’s fine ball in, and the Bosnian grabbed another after Aleksander Kolarov had picked him out, sealing the 6-0 win. In truth, it could have been double figures, but irrespective the tie appears to be out of West Ham’s reach.
Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko.
West Ham: Adrian, McCartney, Maiga, Taylor, Noble, O’Brien, Demel, Diame, Downing, J.Cole, Johnson