Manuel Pellegrini praises West Ham United "intensity"

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini watches the action during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Upton Park in London on February 11, 2014
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praises West Ham United's performance in their 2-1 Premier League win this afternoon at Upton Park.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised West Ham United for putting his charges to the sword in today's early Premier League kickoff at Upton Park.

Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho scored in each half for the Hammers to secure a 2-1 win against the Citizens, for whom David Silva struck in the 77th minute.

Pellegrini told reporters after the game: "West Ham played very well and with a very high intensity. We had a lot of chances to score but it is difficult to win if you don't take them.

"I don't think it was a fault of our team for the performance in the first half, it was more about the intensity of West Ham and you must credit them for that.

"We are just starting the season, we have 80 points left to play for. So it is early. We will continue fighting because there is no title being handed out at the moment."

The result means that Man City are third in the Premier League table, on 17 points.

Morgan Amalfitano of West Ham United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Boleyn Ground on October 25, 2014
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