A first half display that threatened to provide the Londoners with a drubbing suddenly evaporat...
A first half display that threatened to provide the Londoners with a drubbing suddenly evaporated when the visitors clawed their way back into the game.
Raheem Sterling opened City’s account for the afternoon, side-footing home emphatically after a nice one-two between John Stones and David Silva saw the latter feed Nolito, who then found Sterling in space inside the box.
Fernandinho doubled the lead inside 20 minutes, powering a thunderous header past Adrian after a wonderful out-swinging delivery by Kevin de Bruyne.
Michail Antonio rose highest to nod the Hammers back into it in the second half by converting a Masuaku cross, but they couldn’t find the elusive equaliser.
Sterling added the final nail to the West Ham coffin with a cute finish in injury time after rounding Adrian.
City’s victory sets up a mouth-watering derby against Manchester United next month, although Sergio Aguero could face disciplinary trouble after an apparent elbow on Winston Reid went unpunished.