Three tackles and seven duels won: West Ham star shines against City

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song impressed against Manchester City on Saturday.

West Ham United's 2-1 win against Manchester City on Saturday was an outstanding team effort, with Morgan Amilfitano and Diafra Sakho making the headlines with the goals that put the reigning champions to the sword but plenty of Hammers deserving credit.

Perhaps the star who deserved the most plaudits was Alex Song, who put in a fantastic display in midfield and played a huge role in the famous victory.

Song was ultimately voted man-of-the-match and anyone who saw his performance would be in no doubt why; but here we take a closer look at his statistics.

Song had a passing accuracy of 76.67 per cent, which was not outstanding by any means but was indicative of a match where City had the vast majority of the ball but were allowed to do little with it.

Song's 46 touches were vital, but it was his defensive play that really set the tone for the match, with the Cameroon international winning three tackles, two interceptions, seven duels and one outfield block. 

  Pass AccuracyTouchesWon TacklesInterceptions WonOutfield BlocksDribblesDuels WonForward PassMins
Alex Song 76.67% 46 3 2 1 1 7 12 90

The West Ham player also went on one dribble and played 12 forward passes, proving that for all his defensive nous he is also an effective option when it comes to the attack.

Without Song, this would have been a very different game, and his positioning was outstanding throughout, with many clubs surely wondering why they did not make a move for the player before he completed his loan move from Barcelona to Upton Park.

As it was, West Ham got their man, and it could prove to be one of the smartest pieces of business manager Sam Allardyce has ever done.

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