LIVE: Aston Villa vs West Ham United

At Villa Park on Sunday, a resurgent West Ham United travel to face Aston Villa who have experienced a mixed season and have lost their last three games including a dispiriting and meek 3-1 defeat away to Arsenal. This is in stark contrast to the Hammers who have beaten Genk in the Europa League, Tottenham in the Premier League and Manchester City at home in the Carabao Cup in the last week. Aston Villa have creative outlets especially Leon Bailey who arguably should be included. It will be an interesting encounter and one that will either increase the pressure on Dean Smith or see a much needed revival in their fortunes.

  • Aston Villa vs West Ham United

    The teams are:

    Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konza, Hause, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Ramsey, Buendia, Watkins, Bailey.

    West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Zouma, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio.

    The teams are out now to a packed Villa Park, a Villa team without Tyrone Mings who has been dropped with Hause replacing him.

    Kick off

    First half

    After a well-observed minutes’ silence, the game has started.

    1 minute: Said Benrahma shot wide after a pass from Bowen. Harmlessly over.

    Goal

    1-0 West Ham: Ben Johnson (6 minutes).

    After a striding run from Declan Rice, Ben Johnson curled it into the bottom corner and the Hammers continue their wave of positivity whilst the mood of unhappiness worsens around Villa Park.

    Frustration is audible around Villa Park, epitomised by the breaking down of a Villa attack.

    A poor corner delivery only increases this frustration, this time by Emi Buendia who arguably you would have expected better from.

    Stoppage

    There is a stoppage in play as Jacob Ramsey is down and the physios are treating him.

    It appears that the injury now requires a substitution as Ramsey limps off and Ashley Young replaces him.

    Resumption of play

    22 minutes: Chance: From a free kick, West Ham counter and have numerous attempts on goal, most notably from Jarrod Bowen. West Ham are dominant.

    A harmless delivery comes into the box and out for a throw for West Ham. This is yet another example of the rut the boys from Aston have themselves in.

    23 minutes:

    The score remains 1-0 for now but the display from Dean Smith’s side after 20 minutes has been error-strewn and therefore this half-hearted approach is being capitalised upon by the pace and vibrancy of the West Ham attack, predominantly Antonio and Bowen.

    24 minutes:

    Groans are aplenty as the ball goes out of play for a throw.

    Free kick

    27 minutes:

    Araon Cresswell stands over and his cross is met by an Antonio header but it is gathered by Emiliano Martinez.

    Corner

    30 minutes:

    Casual play at the back from Fabianski leads to a corner which is met by Fabianski, atoning for his poor goalkeeping and within minutes, West Ham are in an attacking position.

    Aston Villa are having more of the ball but are being limited to optimistic long-range shots. In fact, with 32 minute played, they have only had 1 shot on target.

    Goal

    1-1: Aston Villa: Ollie Watkins. (34 minutes). A good cross into the box from Emi Buendia is met by Ollie Watkins who scores and levels the game. A much needed boost for Villa who had been lacklustre.

    Jarrod Bowen then on 36 minutes skies over from a corner, a sign of fast-paced nature of this game.

    Goal

    2-1: West Ham: Declan Rice. (38 minutes). After being given the ball from Benrahma, Declan Rice fires home and West ham lead again.

    Aston Villa’s levelling of the game lasted 4 minutes.

    40th minute:

    This half has been, for the majority, dominated by West Ham who have willingly found space in Aston Villa’s defence and when required, have shown solidity. Aston Villa are showing effort and it was a good finish by Watkins but have been open in defence and lethargic in attack. How they miss Grealish.

    Corner to Aston Villa: 43 minutes:

    The delivery is met by Konza who heads well wide.

    Half time

    2-1 to West Ham, goals from Johnson and Rice giving them a deserved lead. Substitutions may be neccessary for Villa and Dean Smith.

    Second half

    48 minutes: There is currently a VAR check ongoing and the result is that Hause will not be sent off. However, another is continuing and Ezri Konza is sent off. The problems deepen for Villa.

    It stays as a free kick. Cresswell’s free kick hits the wall.

    51 minutes:

    After being dropped, Tyrone Mings is now on replacing Buendia.

    56 minutes:

    After a long throw, Ollie Watkins hits the bar. The Villa faithful chant another rendition of Allez Allez Allez but their crosses are met with stoicism and obdurance by the West ham defence.

    Having survived the melee, West Ham are now more comfortable in posession but Bowen concedes a free kick.

    Free kick to Villa

    61 minutes:

    The delivery is cleared by Bowen.

    Substitution:

    Manuel Lanzini replaces Said Benhrahma.

    Free kick to West Ham

    68 minutes:

    Declan Rice drills one towards goal but it is saved by Martinez.

    Substitution

    Anwar El Ghazi replaces Leon Bailey.

    15 minutes left now, West Ham are looking relatively comfortable but a threat from Villa still lingers. West Ham would want a 3rd but have not looked as potent going forward as they did in the 1st half.

    77 minutes: A foul leads  to a scuffle with McGinn ending up on the floor. Yellow cards are given, one of them to Bowen.

    Dean Smith is unhappy with the referee’s decision, nor are the Villa fans.

    Goal

    3-1 West Ham: Pablo Fornals. (80 minutes). A quick counter attack leads to Bowen hitting the post and then Fornals scores the rebound.

    This probably seals yet another victory for the Hammers on the road.

    9 minutes remain. As it stands, West Ham are ending the day 4th behind Manchester City but level on points with them whilst Aston Villa are heading for a 4th defeat in a row.

    Goal

    4-1 West Ham: Jarrod Bowen. (83 minutes). A turn from Antonio is then passed to Lanzini who squares it to Bowen who taps it in. Game over. 4 defeats in a row for Villa.

    As Villa Park empties, West Ham are passing it around to the ole’s of their travelling supporters.

    Villa are now only a mere three points above the drop zone, worryingly close to it.

    Full time

    West Ham 4 – Aston Villa 1

    West Ham dominant. Villa poor.

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