Premier League

  • M. Antonio 58’
  • C. Kouyaté 85’
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Premier League
Boleyn Ground
Attendance 34,914


    • KICK OFF
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      Well, that's all from me for now. It has been a pleasure to bring you all the action from Upton Park this evening, where West Ham have beaten 10-man Aston Villa 2-0 in the Premier League.
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      As for Villa, it seems as though Remi Garde will need a miracle to keep them up this term. They started sharply and should have had a penalty, but there is no excuse for Jordan Ayew, who has cost his team dearly tonight and may be lucky to get a ride back to Birmingham on the squad bus! However, the
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      That victory sees West Ham remain within touching distance of Manchester United, who are currently beating Stoke City 3-0 at Old Trafford. Slaven Bilic’s side were poor in the first half, but came out strong after the interval and easily dispatched their lacklustre visitors.
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      FULL-TIME! That's it from Upton Park, where it has finished West Ham 2, 10-man Aston Villa 0. The visitors started well, but the game turned on the deserved dismissal of Jordan Ayew, and the hosts duly wrapped up the victory with goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate sealing the victory.
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      Garde is looking a forlorn figure on the touchline, and it is no real surprise. Villa are still well in this contest, but the odds are heavily stacked in West Ham’s favour…
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      Since then, it has been a backs-to-the-wall job for Remi Garde's side, but they have done themselves proud so far. West Ham have been lethargic in possession and have struggled to break down Villa's two banks of four, though they did manage to carve out a gilt-edged opportunity that saw Enner Valenc
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      HALF-TIME! Well, that's it for the opening 45 minutes here at Upton Park, where it remains 0-0 between West Ham and Aston Villa. The visitors started well, and in truth should have been awarded a penalty early on following a handball by Michail Antonio. But the game was turned on its head when Jorda
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      It’s another full house at Upton Park, and the crowd is as loud as ever as the teams make their way out onto the pitch. We should be set for another fascinating Premier League encounter here in east London, between two sides who have definitely headed in opposite directions in recent seasons...
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      While Villa’s lack of transfer activity in January has been well documented, their opponents tonight did make two additions to their squad, though neither of their signings make the squad this evening. Sam Byram - who made his debut in West Ham’s last home game - is absent with a knock, while Emmanu
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      TEAM NEWS - Aston Villa substitutes: Clark, Grealish, Mason, Lyden, Richardson, Sinclair, Guzan.
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      TEAM NEWS - Aston Villa (4-3-3): Bunn; Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho; Bacuna, Gueye, Veretout; Gil, Ayew, Agbonlahor.
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      TEAM NEWS - West Ham substitutes: Randolph, Moses, Obiang, Jelavic, Cullen, Oxford, O’Brien.
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      TEAM NEWS - West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian; Tomkins, Reid, Collins, Cresswell; Kouyate, Song, Noble; Antonio, Valencia, Payet.
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      Team news is in from Upton Park, and there are several changes, as expected, for both sides from the line-ups that faced Liverpool and Manchester City respectively in the FA Cup. For the hosts, Victor Moses, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Darren Randolph make way, with Michail Antonio, James Colli
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      Despite spending in the January window seeing Premier League sides break a combined figure of £1billion spent on transfers this campaign, there was no business at Villa Park last month - in spite of Remi Garde’s men desperately needing reinforcements in order to try and maintain their Premier League
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      West Ham have been flying this season under Bilic, and have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League fixtures. They drew 2-2 with Manchester City last time out, with Enner Valencia following up his brace at Bournemouth with a double against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. However, if the form guide is
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      Hello and welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this LIVE commentary of the Premier League clash between West Ham and lowly Aston Villa. Slaven Bilic’s side could move into fifth place should they win tonight and Manchester United fail to beat Stoke City at Old Trafford. It is a different story of the v
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      KICK-OFF! We are up and running here at Upton Park, with the visitors, donning their vibrant yellow away strip, getting proceedings under way.
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      CLOSE! Almost an opener for West Ham, and it is Payet - so often their talisman - who creates the chance with a brilliant run down the left, taking on Richards before flashing a cross into the six-yard box, but Okore's block deflects it just wide of the upright.
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      The Hammers have not lost at home in 10 games, and as expected they have made a strong start here. However, Villa finally manage to venture forward, with Ayew doing well to win a corner on the left. Can the visitors make anything of this...
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      GOOD DEFENDING! That was a fantastic corner from the left flank which evades the grasp of Adrien. Ayew looks set to tap it into an empty net from a yard out, but the former Lorient striker had been tracked terrifically by Reid, who skews a clearance over the crossbar.
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      Despite the host’s quick start to proceedings, Villa have stamped a semblance of authority of proceedings in recent minutes - knocking the ball about patiently and stifling the normally raucous home crowd. Lescott eventually tries to thread a precise pass into the feet of Ayew, but the Ghanaian’s to
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      Villa work another patient move down the left flank, which results in Cissokho drilling a low cross into the box. West Ham scramble it clear, but only as far as Gil, who had peeled inside, but his shot does not trouble Adrian.
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      That should have been a penalty! The visitors are finding some joy down the left and Agbonlahor manages to pick up some pace before attempting to get a cross in to Ayew, but the effort is blocked by the arm of Antonio, which was blatantly in an unnatural position behind his body, but the claims for
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      STAT FLASH: Villa have had 62 per cent of the possession so far, and are beginning to edge ever closer to creating real goal-scoring opportunity, though they have every right to feel aggrieved that they were not awarded a penalty. Gil does well to link his way down the left once more, winning a free
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      The free-kick is deflected wide for a corner, but Bacuna’s resulting delivery is a poor one which is headed away by Valencia, but it only results in a corner on the near side. Gil whips in the cross, which almost falls to Richards, but former Villa defender Collins is on hand to clear the danger.
    • 17'
      STRAIGHT RED CARD! Ayew gets sent off! What a terrible decision from Villa’s top-scorer, who receives his marching orders for a ridiculous and un-provoked elbow on Cresswell that leaves Jon Moss with no other option. That really is a ludicrous reaction from the striker, who has put his side - who ha
    • 19'
      That really is devastating for Villa, and it was the most of ridiculous decisions from Ayew. You have to feel for Remi Garde, whose job has been made even harder now, though many wouldn’t have thought that possible prior to kick-off! Can West Ham, who have been poor so far, make the most of their nu
    • 22'
      Well, Villa’s game-plan that seemed to be working so well in the opening 15 minutes, has gone out of the window now. They have shifted to two solid banks of four, with just Agbonlahor staying in an advanced position. However, despite being a man up, West Ham are still looking lethargic.
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      GOOD EFFORT! Easy possession for West Ham sees the play switched out to Payet. The mercurial playmaker ups the tempo by pinging a sharp pass into the path of Noble, who reverses a neat ball to Kouyate. The former Anderlecht man takes the shot on the spin, but his curling strike sails into the arms o
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      Based on that one moment of madness from Ayew, this match is now simply a matter of attack and defence for the time being. Villa are sitting deep, camped on the edge of their own area, but at the same time affording no space for Valencia - whose four goals in his last three Premier League games has
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      STAT FLASH: As expected following Ayew’s dismissal, West Ham have seen over 80 per cent of possession in the last five minutes. However, they are yet to create a clear-cut opportunity, and though Payet delivers a dangerous cross from a corner on the left flank, Antonio is unable to connect with his
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      WHAT A MISS! How did that not go in!? Cresswell loops in a cross that Bunn flaps at. The rebound falls to the feet of Tomkins, who hammers a first-time strike towards goal. Valencia meets it two yards out from the line, but the Ecuador forward cannot direct his header into the back of the net.
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      CHANCE! Antonio should have done better there! Gueye manages to win possession on the edge of Villa’s area, but Song gets in a tackle to intercept the visitors’ counter-attack. The former Barcelona man shows his quality with a neat Cruyff-turn that rolls the ball into the path of the aforementioned
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      Well, despite all of their possession, West Ham have not been zipping the ball around with any pace or tempo so far in this first half, and have not looked to get Payet on the ball anywhere near as much as what you would expect - especially given they are against 10 men! Collins tries his luck with
    • 37'
      High and wide! Tomkins again latches onto a rebound before striking at goal on the half-volley, but he skies his effort well over the crossbar. West Ham really need to show some improvement here at Upton Park if they are to unlock Villa's stubborn defence!
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      Lucky escape for Noble, there, as the West Ham skipper avoids a booking for a late lunge on Veretout. The midfielder got fortunate earlier in proceedings as well, following a cynical foul on Richards.
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      A bit of wizardry out on the wing there from Tomkins, of all people! The centre back - shoehorned into the team at right back in the absence of injured duo Byram and Jenkinson - jinks his way past Gil with a fantastic bit of skill before drilling in a cross to Antonio, but he is unable to make any r
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      It’s a free-kick now to West Ham in a central area, around 35 yards out from goal. Valencia and Payet stand over it...
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      CLOSE! That’s a great effort from Valencia, who goes for goal from the set-piece with a dipping strike that whistles just wide, though replays show that the hosts should have had a corner, with Bunn having got a hand to it to tip it round the post.
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      SECOND-HALF! West Ham, attacking from left to right, get proceedings back under way at Upton Park.
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      MISS! Well what a chance that was for the hosts as Antonio latched onto Cresswell’s cross to the back post. The bulky winger goes for goal on the volley, but he skews his effort off target after his teammate Collins had got in his line of vision.
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      A first booking of the game now for West Ham, as Song picks up a yellow card for a professional foul on Agbonlahor. There really was not much difference between that challenge and the one from Noble in the first half.
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      SUPERB DEFENDING! What a block from Richards, as the Villa skipper somehow manages to clear the ball off the goal-line with a fantastic bicycle kick to prevent Collin’s header putting the hosts ahead.
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      WHAT AN EFFORT! Sublime work from West Ham at the resulting corner sees Payet float a cross to the cusp of the Villa area. Noble meets it on the volley and drills a venomous right-footed strike on target, but Bunn gets down sharply to his left to make a quite brilliant save and parry it away from da
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      Payet is starting to get on the ball now and pick up little pockets of space in central areas. He drifts in-field from the left, taking on both Veretout and Gueye before being brought down by the latter. The France midfielder will take the free-kick...
    • 54'
      POST! SO CLOSE! Payet curls a fantastic whipped effort towards goal that has Bunn beaten, but the strike rattles against the woodwork. That’s unlucky!
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      Burn looks hurt following that Payet free-kick, as it appears the Villa goalkeeper had clattered into the post that the aforementioned West Ham playmaker struck. However, after a moment of stretching-off, the goalkeeper seems to have recovered.
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      G M. Antonio Assist M. Noble
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      It was a quite sublime pass from Mark Noble, who floated a precise lofted delivery into the path of Antonio, who duly did the rest with a magnificent finish.
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      GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL!!! WEST HAM TAKE THE LEAD! Villa’s resolve is finally broken as Noble picks out Antonio with an inch-perfect pass, and the winger makes no mistake with a great header that finds the bottom-left corner. 1-0 to the hosts!
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      WHAT A BALL! Again, Noble plays in Antonio with an immense pass - this time off the outside of his boot. The winger takes a touch on the edge of the area before attempting to square a cross to Valencia, but Okore is well-placed to hook it away from danger for the time being.
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      CLOSE! Villa’s heads are down now, and West Ham are sensing that. The hosts flood forward at pace, with Valencia teeing up Song who, 20 yards from goal, drills his toe-poked effort just wide of the right-hand upright.
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      Cresswell floats in another brilliant cross from the left, which Antonio is beaten to by Okore, at the expense of a corner. Payet delivers to the head of Reid, whose knock-down Kouate attempts to turn goalwards with an acrobatic effort, but the Senegalese midfielder cannot connect and the ball trick
    • 67'
      Cynical from Collins, who loses possession deep in Villa’s half before tracking back and scything down Richards, who had done well to power forward from right back. Can the visitors take advantage of this set-piece? Bacuna will deliver it...
    • 68'
      It’s another dreadful ball into the penalty area from the Dutchman, who has failed to test West Ham’s defence all game long from his set-pieces. Poor.
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      A yellow card now for Mark Noble, as the West Ham skipper eventually gets himself into the referee's notebook for a late challenge on Cisshoko.
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      SI K. Richardson SO M. Noble
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      A first change of the game now, for either side, and it is Garde who blinks first. The substitution sees Carles Gil, who looked bright in the opening stages but has been unable to get on the ball since Villa were reduced to 10 men, replaced by Kieran Richardson.
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      Valencia looks rather bemused now as Jon Moss waives away his claims for a free-kick on the edge of Villa’s area. It did appear that the Ecuadorian had been held back by the retreating Richards, but there was nothing doing for the referee.
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      WHAT A SAVE! Burn does excellently there to somehow tip Cresswell’s strike round the post. The West Ham left-back did brilliantly to take the ball down on his chest before shifting it to his weaker right foot and going for goal, but the Villa shot-stopper was equal to it, though the officials - as t
    • 78'
      CUTE EFFORT! Valencia does well to stay on his feet as he jinks his way in from the left, eventually laying it off to Noble. The midfielder goes for goal with an ambitious strike with the outside of his right foot, but it whistles just over the crossbar. West Ham are still searcing for another goal
    • 79'
      Great defending from Noble, who puts his body on the line to prevent Richardson’s driven effort troubling Adrian, as Villa finally manage to forge a foray forward. And the West Ham captain seems to be limping somewhat following that block.
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      SI S. Sinclair SO M. Noble
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      A second substitution now for Villa, as Agbonlahor makes way for Scott Sinclair. Garde will need his most experienced player fit for the upcoming games now that Ayew is suspended.
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      Patient, easy play for the hosts, who keep possession ticking over in midfield, teasing their opponents - who seem to have all-but given up hope of salvaging anything from this fixture. It’s a real shame for Villa, who were in no doubt the better team early on, and this result, if indeed it does fin
    • 84'
      Finally, a slither of hope for Villa, as Sinclair manages to win a corner down the left flank, and the visitors get their big men up from the back… Veretout will take it...
    • 85'
      G C. Kouyaté Assist M. Noble
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      It was a stunning counter-attack from West Ham, lead by the pacey Enner Valencia, who played in Kouyate with a perfectly-weighted throughball.
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      GOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! KOUYATE MAKES IT 2-0! Well, what a counter-attack that was from West Ham! Veretout put in the cross from the corner but the hosts head it clear and Valencia races forward. The Ecuadorian has a plethora of options to aim for, and chooses to tee-up his Senegalese teammate, who mak
    • 86'
      SI V. Moses SO M. Noble
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      And that assist will be the final contribution of the night from Valencia, who makes way for Chelsea-loanee Victor Moses.
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      SI N. Jelavić SO M. Noble
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      Another change in quick-succession now, as Antonio, who opened the scoring with a lovely cushioned header, is replaced by Nikica Jelavic. The former Everton and Hull City striker - who is rumoured to be leaving the club for a move to China - has scored in three of his five Premier League appearances
    • 90'
      A final protest from the travelling Villa support now, as they bare banners and scarfs barring slogans such as ‘sack the board’ and ‘Lerner out’. You have to feel for the fans of the 1982 European Cup winners, who have once agains in their side capitulate to a disappointing defeat in the Premier Lea
    • 90'
      SI Pedro Obiang SO M. Noble
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      A thrid and final West Ham substitution, as Cheikhou Kouyaté is replaced by Pedro Obiang.
    • 45'
      Appeals for another red card from the referee now, this time from the Villa contingent following a clumsy foul on Agbonlahor by Kouyate, but Jon Moss is having none of it, and rightly so. Bacuna curls in a cross from teh free-kick, but Reid heads it away from danger.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of three minutes of added time at the end of this one. Villa will want this game over as soon as possible...

    Line Up




    David Moyes
    Dean Smith



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 9 11
    Yellow Cards 3 0
    Red Cards 0 1
    Offsides 0 0

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