Manchester City went 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League after defeating West Ham United 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Sergio Aguero headlined the Citizens’ starting line-up alongside Kevin De Bruyne, as Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus dropped to the substitutes’ bench.
It was the Hammers that set out quickly in the earlier exchanges with a looping header by Michail Antonio from a ball into the centre of the area, but goalkeeper Ederson Moraes gathered.
With their first threat, City pounced when Ruben Diaz arrived in an unfamiliar position 30 minutes gone to head home a cross-field delivery from the right-side by De Bruyne.
Fernandinho went close to increasing the Citizens lead a minute from going ahead through a speculative strike outside the area, but goalkeeper Darren Randolph parried.
West Ham clawed back three minutes before halftime after Antonio made amends for his earlier miss to help a scuffed shot in the centre of the area from Jesse Lingard past Ederson.
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Both sides targeted a swift start to the second half with Aguero a tad late to get on the end of De Bruyne’s ball, while Lingard went close from a loose ball in the area moments prior.
A substitution from the Citizens followed on 60 minutes as Jesus set in for Aguero in a like-for-like switch up with the balance of play delicately poised.
This inadvertently handed the host the lead again after John Stones displayed composure eight minutes later to tuck home a low cross from Riyad Mahrez.
West Ham attempted to draw level once again following the closing stages of the match, but City kept control to go 13 points clear at the top.