Half-Time Report: Morgan Amalfitano hands West Ham United half-time lead

Morgan Amalfitano hands West Ham United a half-time lead over Manchester City in their Premier League clash in London.

West Ham United lead Manchester City 1-0 at the interval of their Premier League meeting at Upton Park this afternoon.

The first attempt came from Sergio Aguero inside two minutes, but West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was across to palm clear the Argentine's deflected effort.

City continued to control the opening minutes, with David Silva curling a free kick just high four minutes later, before Vincent Kompany planted a powerful header over the crossbar. West Ham remained a threat on the counter, however, with Kompany forced into a couple of early mistakes.

The home side had a golden chance after 19 minutes when a straight free kick was met by Enner Valencia, but Joe Hart just did enough to clear the danger.

West Ham were ahead three minutes later, however, when Morgan Amalfitano turned home from close range following excellent work from Valencia on the wing.

West Ham United's French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano turns the ball in to score the opening goal past the diving Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at© Getty Images

City responded with a series of attacks, but Adrian denied Silva, before Stewart Downing headed over the City crossbar down the other end.

West Ham had half-chances in the latter stages of the half, but could add to the scoring despite a stinging low effort from Valencia and clever free kick from Amalfitano.

West Ham players, including Enner Valencia and Stewart Downing, celebrate after Nedum Onuoha of QPR scored an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match on October 5, 2014
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