RESULT: City 0 West Ham 2

Two goals early in the second half earned the Hammers all three points at the Circle with the Tigers ruing the chances that got away.

The first half, with City lining up in a 4-3-3, was entertaining and enjoyable but somehow finished goalless, with Matt Fryatt seeing a gilt-edged one-on-one chance deflected wide by Robert Green’s trailing leg.

West Ham started the second half far more strongly and took the lead on 49 minutes when Sam Baldock steered in a shot from close range after Carlton Cole flicked a corner goalwards.

City upped the ante in looking for a leveller but were caught on the counter attack just before the hour and Jack Collison had little trouble beating Peter Gulacsi.

Green made more good saves as City tried to find a way back in, while a further effort was cleared off the line and Fryatt saw another one-on-one opportunity go begging. Into the international break we go on the back of two defeats and amid some worrying talk about our manager’s future, with Leicester expected to make a formal request to speak to Nigel Pearson next week. Match report soon.