Premier League: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini bemoans West Ham defeat

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini denied his team were suffering a hangover from their midweek Champions League draw at CSKA Moscow after their 2-1 defeat at West Ham.

The City boss was left to rue a series of missed chances by his usually prolific strike force during their shock loss at Upton Park.

Sergio Aguero, who scored four goals against Tottenham last weekend, spurned several chances, while Yaya Toure looked more a passenger than a player at times.

We didn't make the most of the chances we created and also hit the crossbar twice when on another day, those shots go into the net.
Manuel Pellegrini

Goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho gave the Londoners a comfortable lead before David Silva set up a grandstand finale, but the hosts held on and City left empty-handed.

"You must give credit to West Ham before anything else because I think they played very well today," Pellegrini told the official Manchester City website.

"In the first half, West Ham played with a high intensity and allowed us to move the ball round but made things difficult, but I thought they would tire after the break and that the game may open up for us.

"I thought we improved a lot in the last 30 minutes and had three or four really good chances to score but we didn't take them and in games like this, you have to make the most of the opportunities that come your way.

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"We didn't make the most of the chances we created and also hit the crossbar twice when on another day, those shots go into the net.

"We didn't play with our usual intensity in the first half so we’ll look at that and analyse things later, but again, we must give credit to West Ham because they played very well."

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