25 Sep 2015
LG PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: SLAVEN SLAYS ANOTHER GIANT
The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to West Ham United following their excellent 2-1 victory against Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 19th September 2015.
The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.
West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic, will receive a specially commissioned trophy made by world renowned silversmiths and LMA Partner, Thomas Lyte of London, in a presentation to commemorate the award.
Having already picked up a LG Performance of the Week award for their opening victory against Arsenal, Slaven’s West Ham went into the fixture against an unpenetrated Manchester City side high on confidence, on the back of recent away victories against two of the Premier League’s top six teams of last season.
Chelsea loanee, Victor Moses put West Ham into the driving seat in the sixth minute with a low, powerful drive from 25 yards and before Manchester City could respond, Diafra Sakho capitalised on a loose ball to prod home in the midst of a scramble following a West Ham corner.
City’s new signing, Kevin De Bruyne, pulled one back on the stroke of half time but West Ham showed enough steely resilience during the second half to hold on to their famous victory.
“This was a different game to the ones at the Emirates and Anfield. Today was much harder.” Bilic said of his opponents.
He added: “But at the end of the day we deserved it because first of all, we scored two goals here. In the first half we played really well and in the second half we were fighting as a unit from the goalkeeper to the striker.”