Man City ball boy consoled after picking up Sergio Aguero shot before it went out of play against West Ham

A Man City ball boy was consoled after accidentally picking up the ball while it was still in play during Wednesday’s win over West Ham.

Goals from Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne either side of half-time handed City a comfortable 2-0 home victory against West Ham, who remain in the relegation zone.

The Man City ball boy was comforted by a staff member

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The Man City ball boy was comforted by a staff member

But the Premier League champions spurned a host of opportunities before De Bruyne doubled their lead in the 62nd minute.

Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, starting a rare match together, were guilty of passing up goalscoring chances throughout the evening.

Shortly after the break, Aguero could have scored his 17th Premier League goal of the season, but shot wide of the target.

The ball boy came on to the pitch too early

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The ball boy came on to the pitch too early

His effort looked to be trickling out for a throw-in before a ball boy intervened too early.

He misjudged the pace of the ball and picked it up while it was still in play.

Referee Kevin Friend was subsequently forced to do a drop ball as he explained to the players what had happened.

The ball boy recognised his error when he went back to take his seat and was consoled by a Man City staff member.

We have seen more positive incidents involving ball boys this season, none more so than at Tottenham in a crucial 4-2 Champions League win over Olympiakos in November.

Callum Hynes, 15, quickly threw a ball to Serge Aurier, who released Lucas Moura, which caught out the Olympiakos defence.

Jose Mourinho made sure to congratulate the Tottenham ball boy for his ‘intelligent’ play

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Jose Mourinho made sure to congratulate the Tottenham ball boy for his ‘intelligent’ play

The Brazilian raced down the right wing and pulled the ball back to Harry Kane, who levelled the score at 2-2.

Mourinho immediately went over to congratulate Hynes, who he called ‘intelligent’ and ‘brilliant,’ for his quick thinking.

And it got even better for Hynes as he was invited to eat lunch with Tottenham stars in a pre-match meal ahead of their next game against Bournemouth.