FULL TIME: West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City
And that's that! City pocket their first three points on the road this season. West Ham were never really in it, though made a good fist of worrying City just after Vaz Te's goal. But the hero of the day was Sergio Aguero, who scored two and set up the other. City have still to properly click on their travels, but on today's evidence of fits and bursts, when they do it'll be some sight. "Crumbles to the floor in an uncoordinated heap?" writes Simon McMahon of Toure's late burst into the box. "I thought for a minute you had switched to a Strictly live blog and were commenting on Julien McDonald's salsa."
90 min +3: How West Ham could have done with Andy Carroll today. Especially considering the potency of Cruyff-Downing today.
90 min +2: Morrison looks to curl one into the top right from 25 yards. Way over the bar, but a decent enough effort from distance.
90 min +1: Tomkins gets his head to a long ball in the City area, but can only send it looping to Hart.
90 min: There will be four added minutes of this.
88 min: Toure is sent clear into the area by Fernandinho, but instead of getting a shot away, he hesitates, letting Reid hover over his shoulder, then crumbles to the floor in an uncoordinated heap. No contact, no penalty, though in fairness he's not asked for one.
87 min: Nothing more than a sense of time slipping by.
84 min: Morrison isn't the kind of chappie to give this up, and makes off down the right. He's plonked on his grid. Free kick. But it's an aimless affair by West Ham, and Hart comes out to claim. It's pretty quiet at Upton Park. The home fans are understandably dejected, while City's nervous support aren't going to count their chickens, a lifetime's experience having taught them some hard lessons.
83 min: Petric - a striker! - comes on for Nolan.
82 min: No hat-trick for Aguero, who is replaced by Jovetic. What a squad Manchester City have! Dearie me.
GOAL!!! West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City (Silva 80)
Actually, can I take that back? First Kolarov forces Jaaskelainen into a save with a snapshot towards the bottom right. Then City come back at West Ham down the right flank. Aguero chases into the area after a ball down the channel, and backflicks to Silva, who takes a touch and sparkles a finish into the top left. There's the game, and City's first away win of the season!
79 min: Downing wins a corner down the right off Clichy. Reid wins the deep set piece at the far post, but can't get anything on target. City sweep upfield through Milner, who shifts the ball inside to Aguero. Hat-trick? Nope, he can't even get a shot away. The ball's shuttled further right to Kolarov, who turns back, the danger gone. City's attacking sparkle has dimmed a wee bit.
77 min: Jarvis makes good ground down the left, but his pullback for Nolan is intercepted by Nastasic. Whatever the result, West Ham have done wonderfully well to claw their way back into contention after Aguero's second and keep this game alive.
76 min: Downing sends an inswinger into the area from a deep position on the right. He looks West Ham's most likely creator. Nolan can't get on the end of the cross.
74 min: Milner replaces Nasri. A defensive minded City boss Manuel Pellegrini is trying to close this one down, David Moyes style. Aye.
73 min: City ping it around a lot. And go nowhere. Clock's ticking, though. They'll certainly settle for this, and that elusive away win.
72 min: Downing one-twos with Diame down the right and romps up the pitch. He curls a cross into the area. Nolan attempts to Mark Hughes it home from the edge of the area, but can't connect with his scissor kick. What fine play by Downing, though, who has been excellent today.
69 min: More City. Silva batters the ball goalwards. Again Jaaskelainen is the boss of it. He turns the ball out for a corner, which is headed weakly goalwards by Kolarov. Then West Ham go up the other end, Jarvis firing a low cross straight through the box from the right. Good luck predicting who's going to score next.
68 min: Fernandinho twists and turns on the edge of the area. Aguero takes the ball off him, level with the left-hand post. He touches it inside, then curls towards the top right. Jaaskelainen parries brilliantly.
67 min: Noble slides a ball down the left for Diame, who turns on the edge of the area and nearly breaks clear. He heads straight for the byline rather than the goal, and his low cross is smothered by Hart.
66 min: And here's a change by City: Negredo's day is over, while Kolarov's is only beginning.
65 min: A change for West Ham. A double change, in fact! Demel and Vaz Te are hooked, O'Brien and Jarvis are sent on.
63 min: Clichy is booked for tugging back Downing, who had just executed one of his all-new Fancy Turns. The winger takes the free kick himself, but though West Ham have loaded the box, the delivery finds the feet of Fernandinho, who clears. This is brilliant fun.
62 min: Silva finds a bit of space down the right, picking up a ball from Richards, who had been barrelling down the wing. His shot is blocked. It nearly falls to Negredo, but the striker can't get a shot away. Fernandinho tries one from distance, but about four City players are caught offside.
60 min: And it was nearly back off! Negredo is released into the West Ham area down the right. He's faced with a tight angle, and hammers the ball off the underside of the bar and away on the left! How did that stay out? A magnificent effort, and so unlucky. The remaining half hour could be an awful lot of fun.
GOAL!!! West Ham United 1-2 Manchester City (Vaz Te 58)
What a brilliant finish this is! And this goal has been coming. A deep cross from Rat on the left. Downing takes the ball down at the far post, and cuts back for Morrison, who tries a clever loop and spin down the inside right. He's overcooked it for himself, but Vaz Te is in front of him, and with his back to goal he guides a delightfully clever finish into the left-hand side of the net. This is back on!
56 min: West Ham manage to sustain the pressure, though. A corner down the right. Morrison picks the ball up on the right-hand corner of the area, and taps it into space, but though he's got time in the area, his cross into the centre is worse than useless and easily cleared. Then Downing slides a ball down the same flank for Diame, who is one on one with Hart, but the keeper smothers brilliantly. West Ham are not giving this up!
55 min: Downing in space down the right. His dink inside is met by Vaz Te, but though he's got Nolan and Morrison in close attendance, West Ham are crowded out of it.
53 min: Aguero, on a hat-trick, is sent clear down the middle by a Negredo flick, but the flag goes up for offside. I'm not totally sure that was anything other than level, but this is the decision.
GOAL!!! West Ham United 0-2 Manchester City (Aguero 51)
... Silva clips the ball to the near post, where Aguero powers a header into the top left from eight yards. How did he get so much power in a floated free kick? Wow. Jaaskelainen got a hand to the ball, but was wrong-footed and couldn't stop its inevitable journey.
50 min: Aguero brilliantly brings down a Silva pass along the left, and then attempts to break into the box between Demel and Reid. The resulting sandwich earns a free kick, from which ...
48 min: Downing is sent skittering down the right, but he loses control. No matter, because the man who gave him the pass, Diame, was plonked onto his face by Toure. Nolan's clever free kick, slid down the right channel for Noble, catches the man offside. West Ham have come out for the second half with renewed vigour.
47 min: Nobody's been able to string together a passing move longer than ONE so far. Even basic hoofing is going straight into the stand. Everyone's guilty. Can they not knock it?
And we're up and running again! City are the folk we've got to thank for this GREAT NEWS. Any changes? Nope! Sam Allardyce, by all accounts, set his team the challenge of winning the ball back in ten seconds. They manage it in 16, and give it away immediately. Happy birthday, Sam!
Half-time entertainment: I wonder what former West Ham and City legend Malcolm Allison would have said if he was asked a question about false nines?
HALF TIME: West Ham United 0-1 Manchester City
And that's that for the half. City are deservedly in the lead, but West Ham will take a little something from that: they came back into the game after being battered around for a while midway through the half. So there is hope. It should be a fascinating second half as City attempt to lock down their first away win of the season.
44 min: Free kick to West Ham to the left of the City box. It's essentially a corner. Demel causes a bit of bother contesting the ball at the far post, forcing City to batter out for a corner. The ball's whipped in from the right by Downing, Clichy accidentally flicking a header over his panicking keeper Hart. The ball nearly lands in the left-hand side of the net, but goes out for a corner instead. From the second corner, Hart is awarded a free kick for coming off his line, flapping, and falling over. He's made no glaring mistakes today, but he's still managed to appear very uncertain. He fails to inspire confidence.
42 min: Reid slaps an awful clearance straight to Silva, who feeds Toure. The City midfielder takes a step into the area and blooters a shot towards the top left. It's a fine effort, but it's met by an even better save, Jaaskelainen sparing his team-mate's blushes with a full-length tip round the post. City make nothing of the resulting play.
41 min: Diame makes spaces down the right for Downing, who drops a shoulder and bombs for the byline. He stands one up into the six-yard area, but Vaz Te can't get a header away under pressure from Nastasic.
40 min: Negredo clips a cross into the area from the right. Silva, rushing in, tries to guide a first-time header into the left-hand side of goal from 12 yards, but he gets neither acceptable direction nor power on the effort.
39 min: West Ham's momentum is checked by a period of sterile City possession along the back.
37 min: West Ham have certainly weathered the City storm, Vaz Te and Diame nearly busting clear down the inside-left channel after combining well. But Nastasic is across to batter clear.
34 min: Nolan is booked for a late slide on Silva. A show of frustration, perhaps, as Rats had just broken clear down the left, only to see his dangerous cross hooked away from Vaz Te in the middle by Richards.
32 min: Negredo nearly scores a fine solo goal. He tries to break through the West Ham defence down the inside left by spinning on the ball through 360 degrees. The trick doesn't quite come off, but Tomkins dithers on the interception, and allows Negredo to steal into the area. He lashes a shot towards the bottom right, but just past the post.
31 min: Negredo is set on a scuttle down the left channel by Silva's precise pass, and wins a corner. City take it short and triangulate awhile. Eventually Toure tries to lift a pass into the area, when he should really take a shot, but it's easily mopped up.
28 min: Noble slides a ball down the inside left in an attempt to release Vaz Te. He's nowhere near the ball, and Richards positions himself, assuming Hart is going to come out to pick up. But the keeper is paralysed with fear. Richards waves his hands about as if to say WHY AREN'T YOU COMING TO GET THIS, MAN? and is forced to knock the ball back to the keeper on the line. Hart hacks clear, but the rushed clearance means West Ham get possession back immediately, and Vaz Te nearly hooks a shot on target from Downing's right-wing cross.
26 min: From the free kick, just to the left of the City box, the ball's rolled to Morrison just outside the area. He takes a touch inside then swivels as he looks for the bottom left. It's off target by a few feet, but that was a decent effort, and one that'll give the home side succour after a rocky period.
25 min: West Ham show up front for the first time in quite a while. Morrison diddles around by the D, slipping the ball wide left to Vaz Te. He's in space, though the resulting cross comes to naught. They work the ball back from right to left, and Silva is booked for arriving far too late for a 50-50 with Noble.
22 min: West Ham are all over the shop, and can't deal with Aguero at all. He goes on a skitter down the middle of the park, drifting to the left channel and entering the area, before shooting hard and low to the left corner. Jaaskelainen is behind it, but spills, and nearly lets Silva in to poke home. Demel and Reid combine to hack clear. Upton Park is fairly quiet at the moment, the majority of the assembled crowd rather worried at how this may develop. City are looking very dangerous every single time they press forward.
19 min: City look in the mood now. A corner down the left. The ball's met by Richards at the near post, but he can't guide it goalwards. "I had the pleasure of meeting the current Dundee United manager, ex-Celtic and Scotland star Jackie McNamara, yesterday," brags Simon McMahon, friend of the stars. "Amongst other things we discussed United's trophy haul of one league title, two Scottish Cups and two league cups in our illustrious 104 year history. With a glint in his eye, Jackie informed me that he won more than that himself as a player. My point is, Man United fans should QUIT MOANING."
18 min: It should be two. Silva caresses a high ball into the area from the left. Negredo heads down to Aguero, in space on the penalty spot. He meets the dropping ball but only succeeds in wheeching it straight down Jaaskelainen's throat. A decent save, but the keeper should have been given no chance there.
GOAL!!! West Ham United 0-1 Manchester City (Aguero 16)
Negredo has two half-chances within a couple of minutes, but they're both blocked by West Ham. That may have caused the home side to forget about Aguero. For when a ball's rolled straight down the middle of the park by Ferdandinho, Negredo wanders up to meet it but walks on by, taking the defence with him. The ball rolls on, the most casual of dummies. It allows Aguero to trot clear, and he's never going to miss one on one, slotting into the bottom left past the advancing Jaaskelainen.
14 min: Diame cuts in from the left and blooters a shot with a view to finding the top right, but his shot is well wide of the target.
11 min: There are six West Ham players within ten yards of each other, bunched up just to the left of the centre circle. I know this because Sky have just super-imposed - and imposed being the word - a graphic over the live play as it develops, linking them all with circles and lines. What a cheek! Do they not realise that some folk don't want everything reduced to dry analysis, certainly not when the match is unfolding in real time. What a presumption. It would be nice if they'd cater for people who just like to look at everyone running about while hoping someone does something pretty, as opposed to the audience who are desirous of double maths. I wonder what Allardyce thinks about this trend? I've half an idea.
9 min: Hart makes a royal bollocks of a common-or-garden clearance, and is fortunate his lame pearoller upfield manages to find the only safe route past a few claret shirts and into the middle of the park. Still a sense that his confidence isn't what it really should be for a title-chasing side.
7 min: Half-chances at either end. First Negredo, in space on the penalty spot, heads forward in uncertain fashion, not quite sure where he is. He was clear, was where he was, set clear by a clever Nasri dink. Then Noble, cutting in from the left, looks to curl one into the top right, but Hart is behind it all the way. A promising start to this game, with both teams looking to ping it around in the pretty fashion.
5 min: Morrison clips a lovely crossfield ball towards the right wing for Downing - who performs a Cruyff Turn! I'm not quite sure how to process that. That's brilliant from the winger, so often ginger of ambition, but he can't quite break through. Still, how about the all-new Stewart Downing?
3 min: Negredo finds a biat of space down the right but his low cross into the box is easily cut out by Tomkins. Never mind, City come again through the same player down the same wing. Negredo slips Richards into the area, but his shot is blocked by Noble, the Hammers midfielder even winning his side the goal kick.
Under a sky full of bubbles - the bill for Fairy Liquid at Upton Park must be through the roof - West Ham get the ball rolling. They pass it around a bit, then City get a go. Let's hope the other 89 minutes are more eventful than the first, huh.
The teams are out! To the sweet sounds of that version of I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles with the squelchy bassline, the players emerge from the tunnel. West Ham are in their grand old claret and blue, Manchester City in their less-renowned away getup of all black. "Can we have Ravel Morrison back?" wonders Vaz Frigerio, his heartfelt cries heard by City's fans from the other half of town. "And return Moyes to Everton? At least when Arsenal were rubbish they played nice footy. United play defensive rubbish and still don't take all three points."
Pre-match tactical analysis. On the Sky Television Channel, Sam Allardyce is asked how his team, which contains no out-and-out striker, is lined up. "Well, it hasn't got a False Nine, that's for sure," he says with a malevolent grin. Hilariously arch, hats off to the big man. Either he can't be doing with over-earnest tactical analysis, or he's simply not minded to enter into discussions with presumptuous journalists about it. A refreshing attitude, and an understandable one, too. I wouldn't be too happy if he turned up here and started lecturing me on the best way to clean the Guardian toilets, after all.
You will be watching ...
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Rat, Noble, Downing, Diame, Morrison, Vaz Te, Nolan.
Subs: Jarvis, Adrian, Taylor, Joe Cole, Petric, O'Brien, Carlton Cole.
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Javi Garcia, Nastasic, Clichy, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Negredo, Aguero.
Subs: Zabaleta, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Pantilimon, Jovetic.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Welcome to part four of Manchester City's ongoing quest to win a Premier League away game this season. Will they finally strike lucky at the Boleyn Ground, having failed already at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Britannia, and Villa Park? With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo up front, they've got to pick up three points on their travels soon, surely. So how about today, at the home of mid-table West Ham, who haven't beaten City for four years, losing three of the last four matches between the clubs? Anything Stoke City and Everton can do ...
Then again, while West Ham's form has been patchy this season, they're coming off the back of perhaps the most sensational result of the campaign so far, a 3-0 evisceration of Tottenham Hotspur. At Tottenham Hotspur. Like City, Spurs are a team with title pretensions. Anything West Ham can do to Spurs ...
This could be a fascinating battle, then, especially if Aguero and Ravel Morrison are in the mood. No point making predictions, let's just pray for a classic and see where this takes us.
Kick off: 5.30pm.