FORMER midfielder Ian Bishop gave SunSport his verdict on his old clubs West Ham and Man City.
The 55-year-old spent nine years at the Hammers before joining the Cityzens for a three-year stint in 1998 and was a keen spectator for the 1-1 draw at London Stadium.
And here’s what he had to say after the Premier League clash:
THE managers had two sets of different tactics on Saturday.
But I believe David Moyes got his game-plan spot on.
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Without question, it was a point gained for West Ham and will be viewed as two dropped for Pep Guardiola and Man City.
In recent weeks, Hammers have found a solid spine and become very dangerous on the counter attack too.
I was amazed to see so many experts had the Hammers down as relegation candidates at the start of this season.
You only have to look at their impressive form since the Premier League's project restart in June.
Wins at home against Chelsea, Wolves and Leicester away too.
Draws at Manchester United, Tottenham and now Manchester City at home.
The biggest problem with West Ham — and something that hasn’t changed even since my nine years at Upton Park in the 1990s — is we always seem to raise our game for the big teams then lose concentration against the ‘lesser’ sides.
The key for me over the next few months is they maintain their level of performance.
Their current counter attacking has worked well. On Saturday they were playing like the away side.
But with no disrespect to teams like Sheffield United and Burnley, it will be completely different. That’s the challenge facing Moyes and his coaching staff.
As for my other old club Manchester City, they missed Vincent Kompany in central defence last season and now, dare I say, that additional touch of class from David Silva in the final third of the pitch.
I have every confidence in Pep. They will turn it around and will be thundering in the goals again.
My only disappointment for West Ham was Manuel Lanzini wasn’t brought into the game — using that euphoria from the previous week of that stunning late equaliser at Tottenham.
I understand Pablo Fornals gives Moyes the work-rate but Lanzini is a game changer.
If injured, Michail Antonio will be a big miss for Hammers, but it’s also a great opportunity for Sebastien Haller to step up.
Given the service, the big man will score goals.
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