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West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa

By Steve CanavanBBC Sport
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll last scored for West Ham in April in a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City
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  • Sakho fails to set new Premier League scoring record
  • Andy Carroll makes first appearance of season
  • Villa's Nathan Baker taken off on a stretcher

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was denied a goalscoring Premier League return as Aston Villa clung on to halt a run of six successive defeats.

Carroll, making his first appearance of the season after an ankle injury, had two late headers saved after coming off the bench at Upton Park.

The Hammers created numerous chances, especially during a frantic finale, but could not force a breakthrough.

For Villa it is a first point since victory at Liverpool in September.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa: Big result for us - Paul Lambert

The result may be a relief for boss Paul Lambert, who signed a new four-year contract at Villa in mid-September but has not seen his team claim a win since.

Lambert had acknowledged before the match that he was not "bomb-proof" and was aware he needed to halt the miserable sequence of defeats.

A lack of goals continue to be a problem for his side. They have hit the target just once in almost 12 hours of football, Andreas Weimann's strike in last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham.

In contrast West Ham had plundered 19 in their opening 10 games - their best goalscoring start to a top-flight campaign for 28 years, and the kind of form that earned Sam Allardyce October's manager of the month award.

The Hammers are now unbeaten in five but could not force a breakthrough, even with Diafra Sakho back in the side after the shoulder injury which kept him out at Stoke.

James Collins and N'Zogbia
West Ham centre back James Collins joined the club from Villa in August 2012

Sakho, a £3.5m signing from French side FC Metz, had been aiming to become the first player to score on each of his first seven Premier League starts. He had three headed chances but failed to get any on target and suffered a frustrating afternoon.

It was the same all over the pitch for the Hammers, as they made the majority of the running but could not force the ball past Villa's in-form keeper Brad Guzan.

Starting his 85th Premier League game in a row, the American made good first-half saves from ex-Villa men Stewart Downing and James Collins, and twice denied Carroll late on by stopping close-range headers.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa: Allardyce 'frustrated' with draw

It meant there was no fairytale return for the Hammers £15m record signing, who was making his comeback after tearing his ankle ligaments in the summer.

Villa, who had defender Nathan Baker stretchered off, had their moments. The lively Gabriel Agbonlahor - in for the suspended Christian Benteke - created and missed an early chance and Weimann brought a fine save out of Adrian with a drive from 12 yards.

But in the end, neither side could find a way through and it is Villa who will be more content with a point.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "It was a terrific effort that we gave. When we lulled a little bit in the second half the changes we made gave us that exciting all-important finish and our fans the chance to see another win here.

"The sad thing was that when our finishing was good, the goalkeeper was even better. We have got to respect the point and it's our second clean sheet, which is good.

"Aston Villa are a frustrating team to break down, but we broke them down several times apart from the keeper.

"It was nearly a fantastic end to the game and we are very disappointed we didn't get the three points."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent, resolute, everything you need to get anything from here.

"West Ham have been on a rich vein of form. They have been playing really well, so to come here and get something is a big result for us.

"I thought we were first class. It was a massive point for us.

"I thought in the second half we looked comfortable up until the last five minutes or so when they put their big lads on. Guzan has made a world-class save towards the end."

Diafra Sakho
Before joining West Ham, Sakho scored 43 goals over the past two seasons to help Metz win back-to-back promotions into France's Ligue 1
Alex Song and Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley has made made eight starts for Villa since his loan move from Manchester United
Charles N'Zogbia and Aaron Cresswell
Charles N'Zogbia has not scored for Villa since hitting the target at home to Fulham in April
Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert's team won three of their opening four league games, including a 1-0 victory at Liverpool


West Ham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19Collins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30Song
  • 16NobleSubstituted forCarrollat 90+2'minutes
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forNolanat 66'minutes
  • 11Downing
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forColeat 75'minutes
  • 15Sakho


  • 4Nolan
  • 5Tomkins
  • 9Carroll
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Guzan
  • 34Lowton
  • 4Vlaar
  • 2BakerSubstituted forSenderosat 88'minutes
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 69mins
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forClarkat 90+2'minutes
  • 11AgbonlahorBooked at 89mins
  • 10WeimannBooked at 69mins


  • 6Clark
  • 7Bacuna
  • 12Cole
  • 14Senderos
  • 18Richardson
  • 19Bent
  • 31Given
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamAston Villa
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexandre Song (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlton Cole.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Andy Carroll replaces Mark Noble.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

  13. Booking

    Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Philippe Senderos replaces Nathan Baker because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

  20. Post update

    Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

3Man City1163222121021
4West Ham115331914518
6Man Utd114431714316
11West Brom103431313013
16Aston Villa11326516-1111
17Crystal Palace112361420-69
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