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    Manchester City won 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday to strengthen its hold on a place in the top four and keep the Hammers bottom of the Premier League.
    Yaya Toure put City ahead in the 30th minute before an own-goal by goalkeeper Robert Green and an 80th-minute effort by Adam Johnson. West Ham scored with a minute left.
    Aston Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 and Blackpool won 1-0 at Stoke. But two weeks after a record-equaling 41 goals over a Premier League weekend, there were just eight in Saturday's first five games.

    Everton drew 0-0 with Wigan and Fulham drew 0-0 with Sunderland.
    City's win took it level on 32 points with Arsenal, although the leader is at Manchester United in Monday's only game. United is a point back in third but has played two fewer games than City, which is at least guaranteed to finish the round in the Champions League qualifying places.
    Toure had already hit a weak shot straight at Green when he put City ahead, beating Hammers midfielder Jonathan Spector to Gareth Barry's inside pass and smashing a first-time shot high into the net from 15 metres (yards).
    West Ham was jeered from the field at halftime but improved enough to force City manager Roberto Mancini to substitute striker Mario Balotelli, who walked straight down the tunnel rather than take his place on the bench.
    Toure's 73rd-minute shot bounced off a post and into the net following a deflection off Green, then Johnson, Balotelli's replacement, wrapped up the win by latching onto Silva's through-ball, rounding Green and slotting into an empty net.
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