Stones: Man Metropolis showing the hallmarks of greatness
John Stones felt Manchester Metropolis showed the hallmarks of a mountainous side as they noticed off West Ham to boost their brave a success scuttle on Saturday.
The Premier League leaders got a stern take a look at by the in-obtain Hammers at the Etihad Stadium but finally prevailed 2-1 with targets from their centre-support pairing of Stones and Ruben Dias.
The victory became as soon as Metropolis's 20th in succession in all competitions and prolonged their total unbeaten sequence, as they streak glory on four fronts, to 27 suits.
"We knew we had been going to hold a fight," acknowledged Stones. "Big credit rating to West Ham and the arrangement they tell up.
"We needed to dig deep and they made it without a doubt subtle for us.
"We had been moderately deflated after conceding tiresome in the principle half of but we needed to show veil our personality and our trip, come out in the second half of and fight love we continuously hold carried out.
"I feel we set apart our hearts on our sleeves, without a doubt dug in and the defensive work from each person, I specialize in is the trace of a mountainous crew and confidently things to come support."
Dias gave Metropolis the lead on the half of-hour when, soundless forward following a tell-portion, he met a wonderfully-flighted Kevin De Bruyne unfavorable with a brave header.
West Ham answered smartly and Michail Antonio hit the submit sooner than equalising accurate sooner than the interval.
The second half of became as soon as an start contest but Stones, furthermore upfield after a nook, made the decisive intervention when he fired home with a low first-time shot in the 68th minute.
That became as soon as no longer slightly the dwell of the narrative as Issa Diop went stop to snatching a arrangement with an stoppage-time header but Metropolis held on.
Stones' plan became as soon as his fourth of the season and Dias' his first for the membership. Their strikes extra than made up for the spectacular pair's rare failure to preserve a natty sheet.
They furthermore took the pressure off striker Sergio Aguero, who had a silent 61-minute scuttle-out on his first launch up for four months following ruin and illness.
Stones acknowledged: "We're attempting to chip in and obtain our targets, and they had been two predominant ones. It be mountainous for us and mountainous for the crew that each person is contributing with targets, getting on the scoresheet, getting that momentum. Optimistically it continues."
West Ham, who had been fourth in the table going into the game, left Manchester overwhelmed but feeling that, in their efficiency, they had carried out heaps to toughen their hopes of a excessive dwell.
Antonio acknowledged: "We had been impressed with ourselves. Now we hold gone on the market and given it an correct saunter.
"We had some accurate chances in the principle half of, one accurate likelihood at the dwell of the second. We showed the usual we hold got.
"There is without a doubt plenty to carry from the game. On the total all we enact right here is relax and are attempting to counter, which we did, but there had been phases of the game where we had slightly a couple of possession and we had them chasing the ball moderately, which Metropolis are no longer former to.
"I became as soon as gutted I hit the submit with the principle opportunity I had but buzzing I got the plan. We'll consume going, consume pushing and leer where we can dwell in the dwell."