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Palmer hat-trick helps rampant EDS defeat West Ham

Palmer hat-trick helps rampant EDS defeat West Ham
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Manchester City's Elite Development Squad (EDS) continued our remarkable run of form after defeating West Ham United 5-0 at the Academy Stadium.

A Cole Palmer hat-trick, an own goal and a strike from Liam Delap capped off a quite magnificent performance from Enzo Maresca's men, and extends our unbeaten league run to 11 league games.

The emphatic victory also means we remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League 2 table.

WHAT HAPPENED

Maresca's side got off to the perfect start as we took the lead inside two minutes.

A nice move allowed McAtee to find Palmer on the right, who cut into the West Ham box before curling his effort into the bottom corner for his sixth league goal of the season.

McAtee - who proved provider in the first goal - had a chance of his own 15 minutes later, as the midfielder weaved his way past his man before hitting an effort from the edge of the box straight at Joseph Anang in the Hammers goal.

After a slow start the visitors did begin to get a foot-hold on the game, however a resolute City defence made it difficult for the Hammers to create any real opening.

West Ham did have their best chance of the match just moments before half-time, as the ball was pulled back to an unmarked Conor Coventry on the edge of the box.

Fortunately for City, his effort was denied by a fantastic last-ditch block by Callum Doyle to ensure we headed into the break with our goal advantage.

Into the second half, and we began it just as we started the first as Palmer netted his, and City's second a minute after the restart.

A neat through ball from Tommy Doyle found Palmer, who printed a copy of his first half goal by slotting into the far corner.

After our first two goals were both created and finished with class, it is fair to say our third came somewhat fortuitously. 

A curling Tommy Doyle corner cannoned off West Ham man Josh Okotcha and past Anang into the net to extend our lead to three.

One man who had been fairly quiet by his standards was league top scorer Delap. However, the City number-nine finally had his goal just after the hour mark.

The forward broke free beyond the Hammers defence and smashed home into the bottom corner for his tenth goal in five games.

City were not done there though, as Palmer capped off a superb showing by sealing a well deserved hat-trick.

The winger danced past his man, before side-footing into the far corner to cap off a magnificent display at the Academy Stadium.

HOW WE LINED UP

Cieran Slicker's goal was protected by a back four of Sammy Robinson, Callum Doyle, Finley Burns and Claudio Gomes.

Romeo Lavia, Tommy Doyle and James McAtee formed our midfield three, whilst Cole Palmer and Felix Nmecha occupied the left and right wing.

Liam Delap led the line up-front.

WHAT IT MEANS

The victory means City stay top of the Premier League 2 table, five points clear of second place, Blackburn Rovers.

UP NEXT

Our EDS return to league action on Monday 15 March, as we host Southampton at the Academy Stadium. Kick-off is 14:00 (UK).

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