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Sunday 11 May 2014 | Etihad Stadium | Referee: Martin Atkinson | Attendance 47,300

Man City
  • Samir Nasri (39)
  • Vincent Kompany (49)
Man City
2 - 0
West Ham
West Ham

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Manchester City were crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the second time in three years after coasting to a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

Manuel Pellegrini's side realistically only needed a point to secure the title and there was no repeat of the final-day drama of two years ago, when Sergio Aguero's last-gasp strike against Queens Park Rangers ensured they became champions of England for the first time in 44 years.

West Ham were simply unable to live with City in a one-sided encounter on Sunday as Samir Nasri gave the home side a thoroughly deserved half-time lead at Etihad Stadium.

Captain Vincent Kompany doubled the advantage early in the second half to ensure Pellegrini marked his first season in English football by winning both the Barclays Premier League and the Capital One Cup.

City's final-day victory ensured they won 17 out of 19 Barclays Premier League matches at fortress Etihad Stadium this season and took their goal tally to an outstanding 102 in the top flight during a superb debut season at the helm for their Chilean manager.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had stated his intention to spoil the City party, but that never looked like happening and Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United ensured that City ultimately won the title by two points.

Despite the obvious tension around the ground, City – who welcomed leading scorer Aguero back from injury –   were brimming with confidence after four consecutive victories and wasted no time in stamping their authority on the match.

Pellegrini's side had already beaten West Ham three times this season, including a 6-0 hammering in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, and David Silva spurned a chance to give them an early lead when he volleyed over the crossbar at the back post 10 minutes in.

News of Newcastle United opening the scoring at Anfield filtered through to the City fans and Aleksandar Kolarov almost raised the decibel level further when his venomous left-foot strike from long range was tipped over by Adrian.

West Ham sat deep and were proving difficult to break down, but showed little attacking threat of their own and rarely got out of their own half. And it came as no surprise when Nasri opened the scoring six minutes before the break.

The France midfielder was afforded too much space 20 yards from goal and made West Ham pay as, despite getting a hand to the ball, Adrian was beaten by the power of the right-footed strike that went in off the far post.

Any nerves City may still have had were eased just four minutes after the break, when Edin Dzeko tried to bring down Nasri's corner and the ball fell kindly for Kompany, who fired in from just six yards.

Pellegrini punched the air in delight and jubilant City fans marked their captain's strike with their now-familiar 'Poznan' backs-to-the-pitch celebration.

The impressive Pablo Zabaleta provided a golden opportunity for Argentina team-mate Aguero to make it even more comfortable 67 minutes in, but the former Atletico Madrid man failed to get a decent contact on the ball from close range after the full-back had picked him out.

Adrian then got down well to deny Nasri as City pressed for a third goal that would have equalled Chelsea's record of 103 Barclays Premier League goals in a season, but that was never going to take the gloss off their joy at regaining the title as City fans stormed the pitch at the final whistle in celebration.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I think that I manage a great group of players, a great institution and great fans.

"I must be calm during the game to take decisions but when you achieve the title, I think the whole year comes from in to out and shows a lot of work we did at difficult moments in the year and I think this is the best team in the league.

"It was a very special season for us, we didn't start very well but I think the most important thing we did this year is when we finished playing our sixth game away, we had one point from 18 and I told the players we had to make a change. They believed in me and I think from then until now we are the team with the most points away.

"They always believed what I told them about how I wanted to play and how I think football should be."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "We tried to get out and play on the counter-attack, which is the only way you can really play against Manchester City on their home ground based on the quality of their players.

"The sickener for me was letting in that goal just before half-time. I thought that the shot should have been saved by Adrian; sadly he didn't get the hand on it that he would have done normally.

"I've not qualms with the result, they are a fantastic team.

"I think they're head and shoulders above everybody else because, one: they're top of the Premier League and, two: because they've got the best squad.

"Considering they've won the Premier League and competed in all four competitions to the maximum level that they could. They're the best squad and best team in the league at this moment in time."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Joe Hart 7.89 5.53
26. Martín Demichelis 7.33 5.31
4. Vincent Kompany 8.78 6.14
5. Pablo Zabaleta 7.8 6.16
13. Aleksandar Kolarov 6.89 5.51
14. Javi García 6.88 4.97
21. David Silva 7.2 7.11
8. Samir Nasri 7.83 6.37
42. Yaya Touré 9.09 7.2
16. Sergio Agüero 8.2 7.6
10. Edin Dzeko 7.89 6.18
Substitutes All Fans BFR
7. James Milner 6.67 5.38
22. Gaël Clichy 2.5 5.07
25. Fernandinho 4.75 6.01
9. Álvaro Negredo 6.75 6.79
6. Joleon Lescott 7.5 4.9
35. Stevan Jovetic 3.5 5.45
30. Costel Pantilimon 4.33 5.08
Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Adrián 7.0 5.2
3. George McCartney 7.0 4.25
17. Joey O'Brien 6.5 4.53
2. Winston Reid 7.5 6.03
5. James Tomkins 6.5 4.58
14. Matthew Taylor 5.67 4.31
4. Kevin Nolan 6.0 6.19
23. Stewart Downing 5.33 5.39
16. Mark Noble 6.0 5.66
21. Mohamed Diamé 5.67 5.42
9. Andy Carroll 8.25 6.3
Substitutes All Fans BFR
19. James Collins 7.5 4.87
24. Carlton Cole 8.0 5.17
12. Ricardo Vaz Te 7.0 6.43
7. Matthew Jarvis 7.0 4.89
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen 7.5 6.1
8. Pablo Armero 6.5 4.89
26. Joe Cole 8.0 5.86

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