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Summary

  1. West Ham XI: Adrian, Cresswell, Reid, Collins, Tomkins, Kouyate, Song, Noble, Antonio, Valencia, Payet
  2. Aston Villa XI: Bunn, Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Gueye, Veretout, Gil, Ayew, Agbonlahor

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By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

That's it. Villa put up a decent fight after Jordan Ayew's dismissal but West Ham upped the tempo in the second half and eased to victory.

Another sign that Villa are doomed as they stay 10 points from safety. West Ham stay sixth.

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

Remi Garde looks dejected
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The 'Lerner Out' scarves are out from some of the Villa fans.

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

West ham just passing the ball around now as Villa look beaten. There'll be three minutes of added time.

GOAL - West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

Cheikhou Kouyate

Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates
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Villa think about an equaliser as they win a corner but West Ham clear and counter-attack in clinical style. Enner Valencia powers upfield and plays in Cheikhou Kouyate, who lifts a shot over keeper Mark Bunn and high into the net. That looks like that.

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa

There's no sign of a Villa comeback but West Ham might want another to kill off the game. You never know.

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell brilliantly controls a long Dimitri Payet pass, cuts inside a defender before his shot a finger-tipped wide by keeper Mark Bunn. What a goal that would have been.

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Will, Villa fan: Livid with Ayew. His stupidity and selfishness has cost us a game we were looking very positive in.

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble is yellow-carded for a late tackle before Villa boss Remi Garde brings on Kieran Richardson for Carles Gil.

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa haven't had a shot since the 20th minute, while West Ham scored with their 15th effort of the game.

West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa

What do Villa do now? They need points but they've gone a goal down and have 10 men. Talk about problems.

GOAL - West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa

Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio of West Ham celebrates
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Mark Noble pings a lovely crossfield pass into the path of Michail Antonio and he guides a header past keeper Mark Bunn. There may have been a hint of offside but West Ham won't care. 

CLOSE!

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet curls an angled free-kick against the post as the Hammers go close again. 

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

A West am corner is played to Mark Noble on the edge of the box and he strikes a lovely volley but Villa keeper Mark Bunn parries the ball away. The breakthrough may not be too far away for the home side if it carries on like this.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa are now hanging on. James Collins puts a header across the Villa goalmouth where Micah Richards brilliantly hooks the ball clear from almost under his own crossbar.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Cheikhou Kouyate heads the ball
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Cheikhou Kouyate glances a header to the far post for West Ham and Michail Antonio attempts a shot but puts it wide having been distracted by team-mate James Collins running in front of him.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa's players were having a chat just inside the tunnel before coming out for after the break. They were probably saying let's keep doing the same. West Ham have followed them out and manager Slaven Bilic will have told his players to sort their attacking game out as the second half gets under way... 

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

To give you an idea of how much Jordan Ayew's sending-off changed the pattern of the game, here's a look at how the match was going in the first 15 minutes...

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And here's a look at the half-time mark...

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West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Mark Lawrenson

Ex-Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"I can only think Aaron Cresswell was in Jordan Ayew's face, what he did was just madness, especially when you think where Aston Villa are in the league as well. A red card was the last thing Remi Garde needed."

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Jordan C: Granted we're terrible, but Aston Villa having three stonewall penalties turned down in the last three league games doesn't help.

HALF-TIME

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa started brightly but Jordan Ayew's red card for them turned the game. West Ham took control but just could not break the stubborn visitors down.

West ham 0-0 Aston Villa

West Ham have a free-kick about 35-40 yards out but that doesn't stop Enner Valencia having a pop at goal. It's a decent effort as well but goes just wide. 

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde gestures
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In a strange way that sending-off has made it harder for West Ham. Villa had plenty of attacking intent with 11 men but have dropped back and locked up shop with 10.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa have regrouped well after Jordan Ayew's red card. They are looking organised as West ham struggle for ideas. James Collins tries an ambitious shot from about 40 yards before James Tomkins shins one over.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

West Ham are struggling to get their attacking game going. Alex Song puts in a nice touch as he helps set up Michail Antonio for a shot which the winger drags wide.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

What a miss. James Tomkins powers a ball across the Villa box and, from four yards, Enner Valencia heads over. He won't want to see a replay of that.

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Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa is sent off
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NathB: Ayew. Unbelievable. We were on top.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa have a free-kick and referee Jon Moss gesticulates for them to hurry up as they take their time taking it. Bit early for time-wasting tactics but it might be Villa's best hope.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa keeper Mark Bunn saves a Cheikhou Kouyate shot as this could be a damage limitation exercise for the visitors. 

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew might not want to hang around at Upton Park as he won't be popular in the Villa camp. With his side on top, his sending off has breathed some life into the Hammers as they look to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

RED CARD - Jordan Ayew

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew looks dejected
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What was Jordan Ayew doing? He's being marked by Aaron Cresswell and lashes out with an elbow to floor the Hammers defender. Easy decision for Jon Moss and Villa boss Remi Garde is left shaking his head and doesn't even look at his forward as he makes his exit. 

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

It's all Villa at the moment but can they manage to get a goal to reward their bright start?

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Michail Antonio of West Ham
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Aston Villa have a penalty shout. A cross from Gabriel Agbonlahor hits the arm of Hammers winger Michail Antonio, who has his back turned but his arm out. Decent shout for Villa but referee Jon Moss says no.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa have got West Ham on the back foot. Carles Gil has a shot easily saved but there's plenty of attacking intent from the visitors.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa win a corner and they go close. Hammers keeper Adrian is blocked as he comes out to punch the ball and defender Winston Reid puts the ball over from the goalmouth. That could easily have gone wrong. Adrian then punches away the resulting corner.

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Barry Martin: Get ready for it...This is the start of the greatest escape in Premier League history. The game where it all changed for Villa.

10/10 for PMA Barry. Keep on believing...

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

West Ham have a free-kick but Dimitri Payet puts in a poor delivery which is unlike him. He gets the ball back and runs to the byeline before his pull-back is put out of play.

West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

Right, the time for talk is over and we are under way at Upton Park.

West Ham v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

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West Ham v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

West Ham keeper Adrian missed his side's FA Cup draw at Liverpool last Saturday to attend the birth of his first child in Seville. He's back tonight and looks like he's got competition for his spot...

MATCHDAY: Looks like little baby Enzo will be following in father @AdriSanMiguel's footsteps! ⚽️⚒👶🏼🙌🏻

MATCHDAY: Looks like little baby Enzo will be following in father @AdriSanMiguel's footsteps! ⚽️⚒👶🏼🙌🏻

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