Match Report: West Ham 1 Manchester City 3
Post-international break, West Ham were brought back down to earth with a bump by Manchester City on Sunday.
The Hammers signed off two weeks ago with a surprise thrashing of Tottenham but there were no shocks at The Boleyn against Manuel Pellegrini's side.
It was quite apparent Manchester City would have most of the possession from the first 15 minutes.
Defender Micah Richards had already burst through to within sight of the goal, but stalwart Mark Noble was there to intercept.
But the goal was just around the corner. David Silva's through ball evaded the Hammers' backline and found Sergio Aguero who, one on one with Jussi Jaaskelainen, dispatched calmly to put the visitors 1-0 to the good after just 16 minutes.
Mark Noble's dinking cross almost found the head of Ravel Morrison but Joe Hart, who has fought back from criticism of late, punched the ball away.
Five minutes later, Aguero nearly found the net again when summer signing Alvaro Negredo's knock down found him in acres of space, but his volley went straight into the keeper's arms.
Aguero then nearly emulated Morrison's wondergoal against Tottenham Hotspur, when, following a driving run, he found himself in the box, but his shot was well saved by Jaaskelainen.
Negredo should have doubled the Sky Blues lead on the half an hour mark when he capitalised on James Tomkins' hesitation, but dragged his shot wide.
Stewart Downing's right-footed cross looked as though it had Ricardo Vaz Te's name written all over it, but again, Hart was there to clear.
City's captain for the evening, Yaya Toure's rasping drive from 20 yards stung the fingers of veteran Jaaskelainen and forced a corner.
The second half began with a storm, and it was that man again Aguero. Silva's ball reached the head of the Argentinian who nodded past Jaaskelainen to double the away side's lead on 51.
Morrison's through ball then brilliantly found Mohammed Diame, put Hart was quick off his line to restrict the latter's shot.
West Ham were soon back in the game, however.
Razvan Rat's deep ball into the box found Stewart Downing, whose header bounced in the area. Morrison's hopeful flick bobbled across to Ricardo Vaz Te who, with a fantastic overhead kick, pulled one back.
Seconds after Vaz Te's goal, Negredo was put through by Silva, but his drive rattled the crossbar to keep the score at 2-1.
But on the 85th minute West Ham's hopes of at least a point were dashed, when Aguero's back heel found Spaniard Silva, who curled the ball into the top left corner to put the game out of reach.
Aguero then cut inside of Joey O'Brien, but his chance of a hattrick was denied again by Jaaskelainen but City were home and dry by then.