Soft defending and ponderous play themes of Man City’s stuttering season after West Ham draw

A frustrating 1-1 draw at West Ham meant Manchester City’s floundering start to the Premier League campaigned continued on Saturday evening.

The Citizens went behind courtesy a Michail Antonio overhead kick in the 18th minute and their ponderous play created precious little in their efforts to pulled off a comeback victory.

After dropping points against Leicester City and Leeds United already this season, they surrendered another two on this occasion with second-half substitute Phil Foden’s effort only managing to salvage a draw.

CITY RECORD VS WEST HAM

On paper, this shouldn’t have been a contest. City have had the beating of West Ham several times over, particularly at the London Stadium.

Over their last five visits, City scored past West Ham 22 times and conceded just once.

A defeat for the Hammers in their latest clash with Pep Guardiola’s side would’ve equalled a club record 10 successive losses against the same opponents.

However, a dramatic 3-3 draw against Tottenham last week put a spring in West Ham’s step and helped them take the lead on Saturday. After all, they became the first team to avoid defeat after trailing by at least three goals as late as the 81st minute.

What transpired was another hard-fought performance from David Moyes’ troops who proved difficult for City’s possession-based style to dismantle.

NO SECOND HALF SERGE

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Jennifer Aniston says it’s ‘not funny’ to vote for Kanye West in US elections

Jennifer Aniston (left) and Kanye West (Images: AFP/Getty Images/Robin Marchant, Valerie Macon)

Jennifer Aniston urged her fans who are voting in the upcoming US elections to be responsible, adding that “it’s not funny” to vote for Kanye West.

The “Friends” star made the remark as she revealed that she voted early for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The actress dropped her mail-in ballot at an official ballot box, as seen in her Instagram post yesterday, Oct. 23.

“I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies,” Aniston said.

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#IVOTED for @joebiden and @kamalaharris. I dropped my ballot off, and I did it early 👏🏼 I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies. Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science… too many people have died. ⠀ I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we’re on right now… your daughters, the LGBTQ+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting). ⠀ ⠀ This whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue, it’s about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency. ⠀ ❤️🗳⠀ ⠀ ⠀ PS – It’s not funny to vote for Kanye. I

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Folayang ‘hungrier than ever’ ahead of crucial fight

FILE – Former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang. INQUIRER PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYO

MANILA, Philippines — Eduard Folayang may have fallen off the lightweight rankings but ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong still has high hopes for the former division king.

Sityodtong said that Folayang (22-9) still has the fire within him and is nowhere near retirement despite his age and mileage.

“I think Eduard is a phenomenal athlete, obviously a world champion and you know wins and losses happen for every athlete,” said Sityodtong in a virtual press conference Friday. “For me, when I look at Eduard and talk to him I see that he’s hungrier than ever, he’s always improving his skillset so I think there’s many times in the last few years where Eduard Folayang was written of by some of the haters but the truth is he’s still very fresh and very strong and very athletic and very intelligent.”

Folayang once dominated the lightweight division and had two reigns from 2016 to 2019.

He first captured the title when he knocked out Japanese legend Shinya Aoki on Nov. 10, 2017 but he lost the belt to Martin Nguyen in his second defense just a day before Folayang’s anniversary with the championship.

The Team Lakay veteran then had another run with the championship when he put on a striking clinic against Singapore’s Amir Khan on Nov. 23, 2018 but lost it again to Aoki four months later.

The 36-year-old Folayang then struggled to get back to his once-dominant self losing two of his next three fights.

Standing between Folayang and his dream of getting back to the title picture is grappling specialist Antonio Caruso (7-1).

Sityodtong said that Folayang’s status in the division will rely upon his performance against Caruso and a win could very well see the former champion slowly

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