Toure: West Ham win was important following previous derby defeat

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes their recent win against West Ham was crucial after the disappointment surrounding their derby defeat against Manchester United last weekend, reports Sky Sports.

The Premier League holders were on top from the outset, and could have been ahead by more than just 2-0 in the first-half. West Ham had no answer, which has been synonymous of their showings in 2015 under manager Sam Allardyce. But Manchester City came into the clash fragile themselves, after having suffered four defeats in their last seven games, so many felt the Hammers stood a chance.

They didn’t. And while they showed some promise in the second-half, West Ham didn’t deserve anything from the game, and the scoreline was perhaps kind based on City’s first-half dominance. Yaya Toure is one player who has come under a lot of criticism in recent weeks, but he was decent enough against West Ham, making 119 passes, creating two chances, making two dribbles, and having five shots.

He believes the victory against the Hammers was the perfect remedy after having lost to fierce rivals Manchester United the week before. The Ivorian international was quoted as saying: “Today we showed great team spirit. The first half, we got so many chances and opportunities but (failed to score). It was very important the three points today. It’s football – everybody has an opinion. They have to understand we are human beings. It’s hard,” he said.

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