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Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United

Aaron Cresswell

A Jordan Ayew penalty helped bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa come from behind to earn a draw against a West Ham team which has not won since 24 October.

In an evenly contested game, Villa twice went close in the first half through Rudy Gestede before Aaron Cresswell scored with a low strike.

The spirited hosts levelled through Ayew after Gestede was clumsily felled by Angelo Ogbonna.

As Villa searched for the winner, Alan Hutton went close with a header.

But the right-back's effort was cleared by James Collins as West Ham held on for their fifth successive draw to remain ninth in the league.

Garde remains winless

Villa have now battled back to earn a point in successive league matches, but Remi Garde's team desperately need to start collecting three points if they are to overcome the odds and maintain their Premier League status.

Garde has yet to oversee a Villa victory since succeeding Tim Sherwood as manager at the beginning of November, although there may be some solace in the desire his side displayed against a well-organised West Ham side despite falling behind just before half-time.

The grim reality, however, is that Villa have not won since the opening day of the season and are now 10 matches without a win at Villa Park and nine points from safety.

Only three of the previous 23 sides who were bottom of the Premier League on Christmas Day have avoided relegation, although the last two sides in that position - Leicester in 2014 and Sunderland in 2013 - did both survive.

Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham
Aston Villa enjoyed plenty of possession against West Ham

Hammers masters of the draw

Although Villa fans might look at their mid-table rivals with envy, Slaven Bilic's side are enduring a slump of their own slump after promising early-season form.

The Londoners' winless run has coincided with the absence of the injured Dimitri Payet - scorer of five goals in an impressive start since his arrival from Marseilles - and the France international's return in the New Year will be welcomed by Bilic's injury-hit side.

West Ham are defensively sound - enjoying three successive clean sheets prior to this match - but currently lack cutting edge in front of goal.

Not many sides would have been as obliging as Villa in giving Cresswell the freedom to roam down the left, before cutting inside and striking low into the far corner from the edge of the box to end West Ham's 388-minute goal drought.

The Hammers had their chances, with Cheikhou Kouyate hitting the crossbar before Cresswell opened the scoring, but a draw was a fair result as the visitors' verve died away after the break and the hosts came back into it.

Man of the match - Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew scores for Aston Villa
Gestede was instrumental for Villa, but it was Ayew who led the hosts' attack and scored a great penalty to give his team hope of survival. The 24-year-old summer signing has now scored five goals for Villa in nine games and was adventurous and industrious.

What the managers said

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde: "I knew this game was crucial for us. I wanted to win. A draw was not the goal for this game.

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Remi Garde 'sad' for his players after draw

"We only missed the points. What we put into this game was probably the best we can do. I think we deserved more than we got. I am frustrated and also a bit sad for my players.

"We are still in a very bad position but when I see my team play it's very encouraging. The performance we gave was not a bottom one. We have to score goals and be more efficient in the offensive parts."

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on Villa's penalty: "I am not happy with that of course. From my point of view I saw Rudy Gestede was pulling Ogbonna's shirt. With that it gained him an advantage and he got in front of Angelo. For me it was a foul.

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Draw was a fair result - Slaven Bilic

"He gave a penalty but if he gave that he should have given a penalty for one of the handballs for us. Unfortunately, he didn't.

"It's mixed emotions for us. When you are leading 1-0 at half-time against a team which is fighting for their lives and nervous, you expect to win the game.

"They scored a penalty and then got the momentum so it was a fair point. With the injuries and everything that happened we showed good character. We got a point away from home which is good. Hopefully we will have a few players back very soon."

Karen Brady tweet
West Ham chief executive Karren Brady, a former managing director of Birmingham City, was at Villa Park

The stats you need to know

  • Aston Villa are now winless in 17 Premier League games - only four teams have ever had a longer run in the division (Derby 32, Sunderland 26, Norwich 21 and Nottingham Forest 19 - QPR also had a run of 17).
  • West Ham have recorded five successive top-flight draws for the first time since October 1968.
  • Aaron Cresswell scored his first Premier League goal since April and his first for the Hammers away from Upton Park.
  • Aston Villa have won just one of their past 15 games on Boxing Day (Won 1, Drawn 5, Lost 9).
  • The Hammers have earned 16 points on the road so far this season, the same tally as in the whole of last season.

What next?

Prior to this match, Garde had said his team needed "at least 10 victories" from their remaining 21 matches to avoid relegation, and one of those victories must surely come against fellow strugglers Norwich on Monday.

On the same day, West Ham will hope to end their eight-match winless run against a Southampton side which enjoyed a thumping 4-0 win over Arsenal on Boxing Day.

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 21HuttonBooked at 78mins
  • 5Okore
  • 16LescottBooked at 90mins
  • 7BacunaBooked at 11mins
  • 15Westwood
  • 24C SánchezSubstituted forGilat 38'minutes
  • 17VeretoutSubstituted forTraoréat 83'minutes
  • 8Gueye
  • 39Gestede
  • 19J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 6Clark
  • 9Sinclair
  • 18Richardson
  • 20Traoré
  • 25Gil
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 5TomkinsSubstituted forJenkinsonat 45'minutes
  • 19CollinsBooked at 58mins
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 12mins
  • 3CresswellSubstituted forSongat 75'minutes
  • 14Obiang
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 74mins
  • 30Antonio
  • 16Noble
  • 10ZárateSubstituted forOxfordat 85'minutes
  • 11E Valencia

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 4Song
  • 12Jenkinson
  • 33Hendrie
  • 35Oxford
  • 39Cullen
  • 40Parfitt-Williams
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
38,193

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, West Ham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, West Ham United 1.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

Attempt saved. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa).

James Collins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Adama Traoré (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Oxford (West Ham United).

Carles Gil (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Offside, West Ham United. Reece Oxford tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Reece Oxford replaces Mauro Zárate.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Adama Traoré replaces Jordan Veretout.

Attempt saved. Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Aston Villa. Rudy Gestede tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Alexandre Song replaces Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

Booking

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

Attempt blocked. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Man City18112537201735
4Tottenham1888231141732
5Crystal Palace189362316730
6Man Utd188552216629
7Watford188552318529
8Liverpool187652122-127
9Everton186843224826
10West Ham186842622426
11Stoke187561616026
12Southampton186662521424
13West Brom185581724-720
14Bournemouth185582232-1020
15Chelsea185492329-619
16Swansea184681624-818
17Norwich184592032-1217
18Newcastle184591933-1417
19Sunderland1833121937-1812
20Aston Villa1815121532-178
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