But it will get even more demoralising if they are still doing that after Christmas.
As we all know by now and have know for a while, this is the week of the Manchester Derby, but Manchester City still have one game to go before what could be the defining moment of the season for Pep Guardiola and his men.
What followed, then, must have seemed a trick of the light.
"It was really good, really nice to be back in front of the City fans", he said. The surprise was that everyone in a West Ham side whose application has routinely fallen well short this season could, on this evidence alone, fit that definition.
It's just that their opponents are sitting in deep, digging in and trying to frustrate them.
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On Saturday, the mercurial Belgium worldwide was finding pockets of space all over the pitch in which to hurt the opposition and Newcastle's defenders will be glad to see the back of him. Subs: Marcio Azevedo (for Ismaily, 64) 6, Viktor Kovalenko (for Marlos, 82), David Khocholava (for Ferreyra, 89) 5.Manchester City: Ederson 6 (out of 10), Tosin Adarabioyo 5, Fernandinho 6, Eliaquim Mangala 5, Danilo 5, Ilkay Gundogan 6, Yaya Toure 6, Phil Foden 6, Bernardo Silva 6, Gabriel Jesus 6, Leroy Sane 6.
While injuries to more senior players have opened the door for him - as has Moyes' decision to play three centre-backs - he has impressed despite the Hammers' disappointing start to the season. Tonight we played an nearly ideal game.
It is a massive clash at the top of the table as United look to become the first side this season to beat City.
Nicolas Otamendi scrambled in the equalizer in the 57th and City piled on the pressure before De Bruyne sent over a perfectly weighted cross that Silva volleyed in on the stretch.
Surprisingly, it was West Ham who came closest to opening the scoring when Michail Antonio stretched to fire a close-range volley over the top. Eventually, though, minds and bodies were not quite fresh enough to hold out. You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defense]. Diafra Sakho would have altered that sentiment had he not blazed wide at the end when teed up by Arnautovic.
West Ham manager David Moyes was impressed with his side's performance against City and believes they have "a real chance" of avoiding relegation. City have won 13 leagues games in a row and are unbeaten in all competitions this campaign.