13% pass-accuracy but West Ham star gets one over Aguero

West Ham United overcame Manchester City on Saturday, but how did their star-strikers compare?

Sakho V Aguero

Not many people would have thought it at the start of the season, but nine games into their respective Premier League campaigns and only one point separates West Ham United and Manchester City.

The reigning Premier League champions were the latest side to experience what it is like to face this new-look Hammers side, with Sam Allardyce’s men winning 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday.

Goals from Morgan Amilfitano and Diafra Sakho ensured West Ham took the three points, with David Silva’s late goal merely a consolation. But how did the two sides’ goal-machines compare on the day.

Goals aside there were some interesting statistics on show, not least Sakho’s 13 per cent passing accuracy!

The Senegal international played 15 passes during the game but only two of those found a teammate, while Aguero was succesful with 76 per cent of his passes. But that is unlikely to bother Sakho too much when you consider he made the most important contribution of all, scoring what proved to be the match-winner.

It is an area of his game that he will have to work on, with forwards needing to ensure their side keeps the ball when a goal is not forthcoming. But Sakho had the last laugh, scoring from his only effort on target.

Can Aguero count himself unlucky? Quite possibly, when you consider that the Argentina international had seven attempts at goal; but with only two on target he will have to ask questions of his own accuracy for once.

In many ways the game was won in other areas of the pitch, with Alex Song in particular excelling in defensive midfield for West Ham, and while both strikers will have better days in terms of their own individual figures, Sakho netted the winner, and in the immediate aftermath, that is all that matters.

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