Manchester City booked their ticket for the fourth round of the FA Cup, crushing West Ham 5-0 to serve the Hammers their heaviest defeat at London Stadium to date.
Defeat to Liverpool on New Year’s Eve and a spiky reaction to a subsequent win over Burnley had turned the spotlight on Pep Guardiola before the trip to the capital, but that reverse at Anfield now stands as the lone blot in a run of five wins in six games.
West Ham had lost the last Cup game at their previous home Upton Park 2-1 to Manchester United and the Red Devils’ local rivals made sure that the Hammers began life in the competition stickily at their new home.
Slaven Bilic’s outfit were never in the contest here and they trailed by three goals at half-time, with captain Mark Noble and talisman Dimitri Payet watching on from the bench.
Yaya Toure opened the scoring when he converted a penalty and City were cruising when Havard Nordtveit’s own goal and a David Silva strike arrived within two minutes of each other.
Sergio Aguero reached a City landmark early in the second half and John Stones’ first City goal capped a miserable night for the Hammers.
City stamped their authority on the game from the off with Pablo Zabaleta and Aguero forcing last-ditch work from Winston Reid and goalkeeper Adrian respectively.
The visitors continued to dominate in the opening stages and they were rewarded in the 33rd minute when Angelo Ogbonna was adjudged to have brought down Zabaleta inside the area and Toure made no mistake from 12 yards to open the scoring.
13 – Yaya Toure has converted each of his 13 penalties for Manchester City in all competitions. Certainty.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 6, 2017
West Ham nearly found an instant equaliser when City keeper Willy Caballero failed to hold on to a Michail Antonio strike after a quick break, but Sofiane Feghouli inexplicably put the rebound wide with the open goal at his mercy, slight pressure from Gael Clichy seemingly putting him off.
The home side were made to pay for Feghouli’s miss just minutes later when Nordtveit beat his own goalkeeper to double City’s lead.
Bacary Sagna curled in a superb cross from the right after a lovely team move and Nordtveit was unlucky to guide the ball into his own net under heavy pressure from Raheem Sterling.
Things went from bad to worse for West Ham in the closing stages of the first half and Silva effectively put the match to bed in the 43rd minute, keeping his cool after a low cross from Sterling as he took a touch before slotting home from close range.
Guardiola’s side continued to push for more after the break and Aguero made it four when he cleverly lifted a shot from Toure over Adrian for his 154th goal for City in all competitions, surpassing Colin Bell in third place in the club’s all-time scoring charts.
Bilic brought on Noble and Payet in an attempt to get back into the game, but the damage was already done as City remained in full control.
They even added a fifth in the 84th minute when Stones found the net with a header after Nolito’s corner, Noble failing to clear on the goal-line as the hosts’ ignominy was confirmed.
KEY OPTA STATS
– The Hammers suffered their worst home defeat in FA Cup history, having never previously lost by a five-goal margin.
– Only once in FA Cup history have West Ham suffered a greater margin of defeat – 0-6 against Manchester United in January 2003.
– Sergio Aguero has been involved in 12 goals in 11 FA Cup appearances for Manchester City (10 goals, two assists).
– West Ham have shipped three or more goals in a game on eight occasions this season; already twice as many as they did in the whole of 2015/16 (4).
– John Stones scored his first club goal in all competitions since April 2015 (for Everton v Manchester United in the Premier League).
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