Pellegrini cannot accept penalty award after Hammers lose at City

Sergio Aguero's 59th-minute penalty earned Manchester City their fourth successive Premier League win as they beat West Ham 1-0 to remain one point behind leaders Liverpool.

Rice's rise has been a highlight of West Ham's season and he scored the opening goal with an early header in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win at home to Newcastle United.

"We just need to look at ourselves".

'The schedule is so tough.

"There are still 10 games in the Premier League - a long way to go - and Liverpool are still there, so we try to win game by game".

"When you have such a bad injury maybe you are not so comfortable in the first games, you are anxious, you don't trust too much in yourself to tackle or make good passes".

Having won the Carabao Cup last weekend, City are still in contention for the quadruple. De Bruyne told Sky Sports.

"Felipe being called up for Brazil, Declan winning his award, they are both doing very good seasons".

The result kept City within a point of the Reds at the top but, with third-placed Tottenham losing, there is now an eight-point gap to the rest of the field.

The midfielder said: "There's not a different atmosphere as we are probably on the same level as we were then - but past year we were 12 points ahead, and now we are one behind".

The Hammers did not threaten at all at the other end until Andy Carroll brought a fine save from Ederson with their first shot of the game at the start of the second half. He was so good on the night he had Leroy Sane subbed off, after being totally nullified from the game.

The visitors were on a good run of games after facing both teams who are fighting at the top of the table and collected four points from the two.

The injury-hit 27-year-old has made just one brief substitute appearance since September and there is still no comeback in sight. Of course, now with Nemanja (Matic) and Ander (Herrera) injured, there'll be more chances for Jimmy.

Back-to-back 2-0 victories over Huddersfield and Burnley have seen the Magpies ease away from trouble, six points clear of the relegation zone. New Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will take charge of the Foxes for the first time on Sunday at his former club Watford.

  • Angelo Rivera