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West Ham United 2-0 Aston Villa

Michail Antonio heads in for West Ham against Aston Villa
Antonio scored with West Ham's 15th attempt at goal

West Ham secured a fourth win in six Premier League games to stay sixth in the table with victory over 10-man Aston Villa, who remain bottom.

The visitors, who had an early penalty shout turned down during a bright start, had Jordan Ayew sent off for elbowing Aaron Cresswell.

West Ham's pressure eventually told when Michail Antonio scored with a header from Mark Noble's raking pass.

Cheikhou Kouyate slotted in a second after a swift the counter-attack.

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Remi Garde says 'everything is against Villa'

Villa will feel hard done by as they had a strong penalty appeal when striker Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross hit Antonio's arm before Ayew's dismissal.

However, defeat was Villa's first in four games and leaves them 10 points from safety.

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'Stupid' sending-off costs Villa

Villa, who need wins to stand any chance of getting out of their predicament, had plenty of attacking intent to keep the Hammers on the back foot early on.

But after 17 minutes, Ayew recklessly lashed out at Cresswell, and his dismissal forced Villa to change their tactics by dropping back into defence.

Although a disciplined Villa frustrated West Ham, the home side dominated possession with their extra man and it proved a matter of time before they broke the deadlock.

"We were denied a penalty," said Villa boss Remi Garde. "I'm sorry for the referee but it was a clear penalty.

"We started well. Then after this penalty and this stupid red card, the game was over.

"The first goal, I'm not sure it wasn't offside. I feel very sorry for the guys to be beaten after the bravery they showed."

West Ham v Aston Villa graphic
Aston Villa had the upper hand in the game before Jordan Ayew's sending-off, but their figure of 65% possession with 11 men had fallen 32% at the final whistle

Patience pays off for Hammers

West Ham forward Enner Valencia put a header over from four yards when a James Tomkins shot fizzed across the Villa box as the home side tried to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

But Slaven Bilic's side struggled to get their attacking game going in the first half as they were limited to long-range shots.

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Bilic praises West Ham 'composure'

The second half was a different story as West Ham showed more urgency, with Mark Noble's passing and the way he dictated play key to their victory.

"I've seen many times that a team that has one player more can't find a solution, are more nervous and concede a goal," said Bilic.

"It wasn't the case this time. In the second half we played the way a team should against 10 men."

Man of the match - Mark Noble

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic (left) and captain Mark Noble
Mark Noble (right) covered 11.47km against Villa - the most of any player from either side

The stats you need to know

  • There have been nine red cards in West Ham games this season - four for the Hammers, five for the opposition
  • West Ham had 25 efforts against Villa and it took them 15 to open the scoring
  • Villa have won only one of their past 23 Premier League games
  • No team with 13 points or fewer from 24 games (based on three points for a win) have avoided relegation

What next?

On Saturday, Aston Villa face relegation rivals Norwich, while West Ham travel to Southampton.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 5Tomkins
  • 19CollinsBooked at 67mins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forObiangat 90+3'minutes
  • 4SongBooked at 48mins
  • 16NobleBooked at 69mins
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forJelavicat 89'minutes
  • 11E ValenciaSubstituted forMosesat 86'minutes
  • 27Payet

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 14Obiang
  • 17O'Brien
  • 20Moses
  • 26Jelavic
  • 35Oxford
  • 39Cullen

Aston Villa

  • 31Bunn
  • 4Richards
  • 5Okore
  • 16Lescott
  • 43Cissokho
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8Gueye
  • 25GilSubstituted forRichardsonat 71'minutes
  • 17Veretout
  • 19J AyewBooked at 17mins
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forSinclairat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Guzan
  • 6Clark
  • 9Sinclair
  • 18Richardson
  • 38Lyden
  • 40Grealish
  • 42Mason
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
34,914

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home25
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 2, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Aston Villa 0.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Pedro Obiang replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble.

Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Nikica Jelavic replaces Michail Antonio.

Attempt saved. Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Idrissa Gueye.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Victor Moses replaces Enner Valencia.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 2, Aston Villa 0. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Enner Valencia following a fast break.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Attempt saved. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Sinclair replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Attempt missed. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Enner Valencia.

Attempt blocked. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Alexandre Song (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Kieran Richardson replaces Carles Gil.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Micah Richards (Aston Villa).

Booking

Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

James Collins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Collins (West Ham United).

Micah Richards (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

Attempt missed. Alexandre Song (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jordan Veretout.

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

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

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1, Aston Villa 0. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Noble.

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

goal

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