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Saturday 19 April 2014

Dethroned City punish Hammers with commanding display

Man City 2 West Ham 1

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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's first goal

PABLO ZABALETA believes inconsistency cost Manchester City the Barclays Premier League title and has vowed to help the team win it back next season.

City beat West Ham 2-1 today in their in their first game since being officially dethroned as champions by neighbours Manchester United.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure had City firmly in control before Andy Carroll's strike squirmed through the legs of Joe Hart in injury time.

But Zabaleta was left to reflect on what might have been, and told Sky Sports 1: "We are working well and we know how difficult it is to win the title.

"The Premiership in one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

"But we have probably been a bit inconsistent this year, not like last season and probably that has cost us the title.

"But we are working to improve, keep winning trophies and we have the (FA) Cup final at Wembley.

"It is always special to win that competition as well so we'll try to come back stronger next year and try to win the title back."

On this afternoon's clash, he added: "We had the control of the game we dominated for 90 minutes, we were unlucky to concede that goal at the end.

"We should defend better but it's three points, we need to keep going.

"Four games until the end and we need to try to finish second."

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