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West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa

West Ham v Aston Villa

West Ham ended a run of three home Premier League defeats as they were held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa.

Christian Benteke came closest to scoring for the visitors when he headed Matthew Lowton's deep cross against the crossbar from six yards out.

Jack Collison shot wide from a quickly-taken free-kick for the hosts and Stewart Downing and substitute Joe Cole both had shots saved by Brad Guzan.

Sam Allardyce watches his West Ham side during their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa

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Allardyce wants more West Ham goals

But a draw was a fair result as both sides struggled to create chances.

Aston Villa have now failed to score a Premier League goal in six hours and 15 minutes, and this result leaves them 13th, only three points above the bottom three.

But of greater concern to Villa boss Paul Lambert will be the hamstring injury sustained by Andreas Weimann, who limped off early in the second half after he had been his side's most dangerous player.

West Ham, one place below Villa in the league table, also have attacking problems of their own and their failure to score was their sixth blank in 10 Premier League games.

Despite seeing more possession, especially down the wings through Matt Jarvis on the left and Downing on the right, the Hammers frustrated the fans at Upton Park with the final delivery often being disappointing.

With Andy Carroll still two weeks away from a return to training and Carlton Cole lacking match practice after he re-signed for the club, West Ham looked short of ideas up front as they started without a recognised centre-forward for the fourth successive Premier League game.

Aston Villa, operating in a 3-5-2 formation, were sitting deep and struggled to provide service for Benteke, but were still a threat on the counter-attack.

After six minutes, Weimann raced on to a long ball but Jussi Jaaskelainen was well positioned to block the Austrian's shot.

England winger Downing, who spent two seasons at Aston Villa, is yet to score for the Hammers following a £5m move from Liverpool in the summer and had the first clear opportunity for the hosts, but shot at Guzan from 20 yards.

But West Ham were nearly caught out when, from their own corner, Villa counter-attacked.

Weimann was through on goal but Ravel Morrison, the last home player back, recovered and referee Howard Webb decided the Hammers midfielder won the ball cleanly on the edge of the penalty area.

Paul Lambert keeps warm on the touchline during Aston Villa's 0-0 draw at West Ham

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Massive point for Villa - Lambert

West Ham looked more likely to score after the restart but Morrison's 20-yard effort was well blocked by Villa defender Nathan Baker, with Kevin Nolan firing the rebound over.

Substitute Joe Cole shot straight at Guzan, before Benteke nearly won the points for Villa with his first opportunity but powered a header against the bar.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said:

"After three home defeats on the trot it was very important we didn't lose.

"We tried to win it but we didn't find the quality to put the ball into the net. We delivered 38 balls into the box, but it's a spell we are having where we can't find the net.

"In the last two home games we have conceded three in both so it was vital to get back to keeping clean sheets.

"There's only one thing missing, and that's scoring a goal or two, but we are only a small margin away from being a three-point team instead of a one-point team."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said:

"On balance we had the best clear-cut chances, with Christian hitting the bar and Andreas going through.

"It was always going to be hard here and it was a difficult, physical game, but we competed brilliantly.

"Our counter-attacking is a threat and I'm delighted with the lads' attitude and I thought our resilience was excellent."

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Line-ups

West Ham

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 20Demel
  • 8RatSubstituted forDiaméat 90'minutes
  • 10CollisonSubstituted forColeat 63'minutes
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Reid
  • 23Downing
  • 16Noble
  • 4Nolan
  • 15Morrison
  • 7JarvisSubstituted forColeat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Maiga
  • 13Adrián
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Diamé
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole
  • 27Potts

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 34LowtonBooked at 57mins
  • 7BacunaBooked at 46mins
  • 6Clark
  • 2Baker
  • 4Vlaar
  • 18Sylla
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 20Benteke
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forKozákat 57'minutes
  • 15Westwood

Substitutes

  • 9Helenius
  • 13Steer
  • 17Herd
  • 21Bowery
  • 24Tonev
  • 27Kozák
  • 36Johnson
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Aston Villa 0.

Foul by Joe Cole (West Ham United).

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Joe Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Guy Demel with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Guy Demel.

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Razvan Rat.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ron Vlaar.

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Joe Cole (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Noble.

Offside, Aston Villa. Ron Vlaar tries a through ball, but Libor Kozák is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

Yacouba Sylla (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

Attempt missed. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a through ball.

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross.

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Jack Collison.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Matthew Jarvis.

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Libor Kozák replaces Andreas Weimann because of an injury.

Booking

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal108111325
2Chelsea10622820
3Liverpool10622720
4Man City106131719
5Southampton10541719
6Tottenham9612419
7Everton9531418
8Man Utd10523417
9Newcastle10424-214
10Hull10424-214
11West Brom10343013
12Swansea9324111
13Aston Villa10325-311
14West Ham10244010
15Fulham10316-510
16Stoke10235-49
17Cardiff9234-59
18Norwich10226-148
19Sunderland10118-154
20Crystal Palace10109-153
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