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Sergio Aguero scored twice to help Manchester City beat West Ham United 3-1 and claim their first Barclays Premier League away win of the season. City had one point to show from their first three road trips of the campaign but reversed that trend with a professional performance at Upton Park that lifted them to fourth in the table.
Aguero opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a cool finish and his second-half header looked to have sealed three points for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Ricardo Vaz Te pulled a goal back for West Ham with a bicycle kick, but it was not enough as David Silva wrapped up the points for City late on.
The result means that City have won 29 of the 31 Barclays Premier League matches in which Aguero has scored, with the other two ending in draws.
Pellegrini made five changes to his side, including an entirely different back four, made up of Micah Richards, Javi Garcia, Matija Nastasic and Gael Clichy, while West Ham were unchanged from their 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
After a bright start, City fired a warning shot in the 15th minute when Alvaro Negredo was denied by a Winston Reid tackle. Just a few moments later they had the lead when Fernandinho's pass split the defence and was coolly slotted home by Aguero. Negredo's dummy fooled West Ham's defenders and Aguero stole in, scoring with ease.
The Argentina striker had two more attempts to double the lead in the next five minutes, only for West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to deny him on both occasions.
West Ham's best chance of the first half was wasted as Mark Noble's cross was mis-kicked by Vaz Te, while Yaya Toure forced Jaaskelainen into a good stop on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors doubled their advantage six minutes after the break as Aguero took advantage of slack West Ham defending. He nodded home unmarked at the near post from Silva's corner for his first headed Barclays Premier League goal.
City's second sparked West Ham into life and goalkeeper Joe Hart had to be alert to deny Mo Diame before Vaz Te gave the hosts a lifeline with a stunning bicycle kick following Ravel Morrison's lofted ball.
City's response was almost immediate, as Negredo saw his shot from an acute angle hit the underside of the crossbar and bounce away to safety, while the end-to-end action continued as Diame tested Hart with a powerful effort before Aguero's curling strike was beaten away by Jaaskelainen.
The game was well balanced, but after a lull, City killed off the hosts, with Aguero's backheel allowing Silva the time to curl home the third.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "We came out of the traps and thought that we could set the tempo but what happened is that Manchester City decided they would with the quality of players they have. When you have the front two [Aguero and Negredo] and Yaya Toure and Silva passing the ball like they pass it, it frightened us a little bit and puts on the back foot.
"But then we made two basic errors for their two goals rather than the quality of Aguero or Negredo or Silva putting the ball in the back of the net with great fluent moves. A simple ball down the middle for the first goal and somebody not picking up the smallest Man City [player] up on the second goal was really disappointing for us.
"We gave it a go. I was at least pleased with the response the lads showed, not giving up, fighting right until the end. Of course when we got to 2-1 with a good goal, we showed a little bit more of our passing qualities, which failed us in the first half. [But] our only real contribution from an attacking point of view was about 20-25 minutes and that was after Manchester City were already 2-0 up. That was too late."
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "Before this game, we lost two games 3-2. Scoring two goals away in each game is a good average. Today we scored three. We continue to try and be an offensive team. This team should always play attacking.
"We were absolutely sure the way we were playing away that we would win. The games we lost against Cardiff and Aston Villa, I think that was [not] the scoreline that the match deserved.
"Today we did both things. Playing well and winning. Today the team played very well. We must keep all the good [attacking] things we did in the other games and keep concentrating on defending. That's what we did today.
"Today was very important. Before we started, Chelsea and Arsenal won their games,” he said. “We must be at maximum, three points away from the leader. Next game we play Chelsea away to recover the points. It is never a problem to have good players on the bench."
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