English Premiership

Aguero double rescues point for City

2016-01-23 21:46
Sergio Aguero (AP)

London - Sergio Aguero kept Manchester City in touch with Premier League leaders Leicester as the Argentina striker's late equaliser rescued a 2-2 draw against West Ham on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side trailed twice to an Enner Valencia double at Upton Park, but Aguero bagged a brace to save City from a defeat that would have been a major blow to their title challenge.

Aguero's second goal came with just 10 minutes remaining and left City three points behind surprise pace setters Leicester in second place.

City would drop to third if Arsenal avoid defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.

Pellegrini's team have won just one away game since September 12 and haven't recorded back-to-back league victories since October 17, but they left east London aware their position would have been worse but for Aguero.

Within 53 seconds of kick-off, Cheikhou Kouyate tore down the left past Yaya Toure before squaring for Valencia to lash past City goalkeeper Joe Hart from 10 yards out.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic seemed to be aiming to expose Nicolas Otamendi and Martin Demichelis in City's central defence, but that attacking emphasis also left the home side looking open.

That is a real issue when Aguero is on form and he gave the hapless Carl Jenkinson a particularly hard time.

City had been building pressure and Jesus Navas should have done better than produce a scuffed finish from inside the box, but their next effort was more memorable.

Pulling a lofted Toure pass out of the air with his toe, Aguero took another touch to take him away from Jenkinson, before brilliantly lobbing Hammers goalkeeper Adrian from an angle.

It was just a little too wide however as the ball bounced off the post rather than into the net.

It didn't take long for Aguero to get his goal, though, and Jenkinson was again involved.

The right-back was adjudged to have fouled the Argentine in the box in the ninth minute and Aguero rolled in the penalty for the equaliser.

Jenkinson's dismal evening came to a merciful end when he was taken off injured after just 12 minutes.

Hart had to be on his toes to touch away a brilliant 31st-minute Dimitri Payet free-kick that was curling towards the top corner.

That effort came after Demichelis had hacked down Michail Antonio after being put through by Payet's fine pass, but Bilic felt the defender should have been given more than a yellow card.

The Hammers almost caught City cold early in the second half as good play down the right saw Mark Noble crossing for Antonio, who headed narrowly wide.

Fabian Delph hit the post for City with a deflected shot, only for West Ham to then sting City with an immediate response in the 56th minute.

Antonio took a quick throw on the right, which completely caught Pellegrini's defence off-guard.

The ball was carelessly allowed to bounce into the area by Otamendi and Valencia got ahead of the defender to poke past Hart.

It was still West Ham creating the better chances and Alex Song went close with a long-range strike.

Pellegrini realised he had to change something if City were to avoid defeat and he brought on Raheem Sterling for Navas and Kelechi Iheanacho for Delph.

It was Iheanacho who made the difference with his directness and, on 80 minutes, the youngster's run set up Aguero to guide the ball past Adrian for a clinical equaliser.

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
26 September 2016
Burnley v Watford, Turf Moor 21:00
30 September 2016
Everton v Crystal Palace, Goodison Park 21:00
01 October 2016
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 13:30
West Ham United v Middlesbrough, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion, Stadium of Light 16:00
Hull City v Chelsea, The KC Stadium 16:00
Watford v Bournemouth, Vicarage Road 16:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.