• Date: Sun 17 January 2010
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Ref: Jones, M
  • Attendance: 35,646

Aston Villa vs West Ham United

Team Lineups

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Stewart Downing
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Emile Heskey (John Carew, 57)

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector
James Tomkins
Scott Parker (Alessandro Diamanti, 57)
Radoslav Kovac (Junior Stanislas, 62)
Mark Noble
Julien Faubert
Valon Behrami
Jack Collison
Frank Nouble (Manuel Da Costa, 90)

Match Report
Aston Villa carelessly wasted a fine opportunity to get back into a challenging Premier League position when they were held to their first goalless league draw of the season by West Ham United. With only one point from their last three games, Villa have lost their momentum. But it was another occasion when they struggled to make an impact against one of the bottom ten clubs. West Ham, however, were delighted with a fighting draw as the point took Gianfranco Zola's beleaguered side out of the bottom three. The Hammers were indebted to some fine saves by goalkeeper Robert Green and an industrious performance from Scott Parker, who unfortunately limped out of the game with a leg injury. After suffering defeat at West Ham a few weeks ago, Villa were intent on revenge but their lack of bite in attack proved to be a major setback. It could mean that Villa might have to give some serious consideration to improving this department in the January transfer window. Villa's defence, which has conceded only 18 goals in 21 league matches, was again solid but they had a few anxious moments keeping debut boy Frank Nouble in check. The former Chelsea trainee very early made a dream start when he outpaced both Stephen Warnock and Richard Dunne before narrowly shooting just wide when challenged by Brad Friedel. Most of the attacking play was generated by Villa in this period and the Hammers were indebted to two smart saves in the space of a minute by England goalkeeper Green. In the first instance he pushed away a high ball from Ashley Young which was heading for the far top corner of the net. Seconds later, Gabby Agbonlahor turned and shot from close range but Green displayed his credentials when he pushed away the effort for a corner. Despite constant Villa pressure the West Ham defence steadfastly refused to buckle. Skipper Matthew Upson and James Tomkins were stalwarts in keeping the Villa attack at bay in the goalless first half. Parker, who returned after a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, also played a key midfield role in relieving the pressure. As a result, Villa became increasingly frustrated by their inability to overcome the Premier League strugglers. They raised their hopes of a breakthrough early in the second period when quick passes by Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey put James Milner in possession only for his rasping shot hit the outside of the post. Heskey was then replaced by John Carew who forced the ball into the net only to be rightfully ruled offside following a Stewart Downing shot. Agbonlahor then turned and shot over the bar which led to manager Martin O'Neill holding his head in his hands. The Villa boss would have had every reason to be dismayed in the 71st minute when former West Ham defender James Collins sliced a cross from Junior Stanislas over his own crossbar.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

Full time
 

Aston Villa 0 West Ham 0: Villa waste the chance to draw level with Spurs and Man City in the chase for 4th and West Ham claim a valuable point in their relegation fight to move out of the bottom three.

90
Substitution
 

West Ham substitution: Nouble comes off to be replaced by Da Costa.

90

fine chance for Agbonlahor to win the game, but his touch isn't good and he over-runs the ball when clean through on goal and Green is able to smuggle the ball away.

90

Young bursts past Stanislas in the right corner of the pitch and it's a free-kick to Villa as the board goes up to show 4 minutes of injury time.

89
Yellow Card
 

Petrov reacts angirly to the tackle and earns himself a yellow card also as the two players go head-to-head.

89
Yellow Card
 

Stanislas goes lunging in on Petrov and he goes into the referee's book.

88

Diamanti tries to thread the ball through for Nouble, but Collins does well to read the pass and make the block.

87

Spector's cross from the left is well charged down by Faubert and it goes behind for a Villa corner.

85

Behrami was hurt in contesting that ball with Friedel and stays down requiring treatment.

84

Diamanti finds space on the right corner of the area. He cuts inside and shoots left-footed, but it's deflected up and Friedel comes out to punch clear.

83

Spector gets in down the left. He crosses into the area, but no West Ham player makes the box and Dunne chests home to Friedel.

81

Behrami's cross from the right is cleared to the edge of the area by Dunne. Noble hits it on the volley, but it goes safely wide.

78

Fine ball forward for Nouble. He would be in on goal but fpr the flag of the referee's assistant.

77

Downing cuts inside on his right foot and fires at goal, but it's cleared away.

76
Yellow Card
 

Collison gets caught in possession and drags down Petrov as the Villa man gets beyond him. The referee has no choice but to show him a yellow card.

74

Poor play by Green and he so nearly costs his side. He dwells on a bak pass under pressure by Carew and has tu hurry a weak clearance straight to Agbonlahor. He finds Downing, who shoots from the edge of the box but it spins off Tomkins for a corner.

73

Noulbe forces Dunne into conceding a corner for the visitors. They work the ball to Stanislas on the edge of the area. His shot is headed wide by Carew and it should be another corner to the Hammers, but the referee awards a goal-kick.

71

Great cross by Diamanti from the right finds Stanislas at the far post. He fires it low back across goal and Collins turns it over. The ball could have ended up anywhere.

69

good pressure around the Villa area by West Ham. They work it wide to Fabuert on the right, but his low cross is cleared away. The Hammers might just be sensing they've weathered the storm from the home side.

67

Downing tries to play the ball past Faubert, but it flicks up onto Faubert's hand and it's a free-kick to Villa 25 yards out on the left hand side.

64

Great chance for Agbonlahor. Downing's cross picks out the Villa man inside the penalty area. He turns well, but fires over from a central position, just 10 yards out.

63

Nouble does well down the left. He cuts inside and shoots from a tight angle, but Friedel gets down low to his right to save.

62
Substitution
 

West Ham are replacing Radoslav Kovac with Junior Stanislas.

61

Villa have a goal disallowed. Downing works space for a shot from the edge of the area. Green spills it and Carew follows up to prod home, but he was in an offside position when the shot first came in.

59

Kovac brings down Petrov from behind and the referee wants a word with him. If he wasn't already on a yellow card he'd have probably been shown one then. He'll need to be very careful for the remaining 30 minutes.

58

Collins volleys left footed from the right corner of the area. It's well hit by the Villa defender, but it's off target.

57
Substitution
 

Aston Villa substitution: Heskey comes off to be replaced by John Carew.

57
Substitution
 

West Ham are replacing Scott Parker with Alessandro Diamanti.

56

Milner fires the ball right footed across goal from the right corner of the area. The ball finds Cuellar at the far post, but he scopps his effort well over.

56

Downing shoots from the edge of the area and it's deflected wide for a corner.

55

Young takes on Spector and wins another corner on the right. The hosts have had so many corners, but failed to do anything with them.

54

Parker lofts it forward over the Villa defence towards Collison, but Friedel is out well and collects.

53

Half chance for West Ham at the other end. Spector does well down the left. His cross ricochets to Behrami who tries to pick out Kovac, but his pass is under-hit and cleared.

51

Spector trips Young on the right, level with the edge of the area and it's a free-kick to Villa. Young plays the ball in. Dunne rises highest but fails to make contact with his head from 8 yards. It looks like he should have got there too.

50

Good chance for Villa. Agbonlahor makes another good run down the left channel. He holds it up well and finds Heskey. He plays it across goal to the on-rushing Milner and his low shot is just wide from the edge of the area.

49

More pressure from the hosts. This time Young finds space on the right and his cross is turned behind for a Villa corner.

48

Agbonlahor causes Tomkins problems again down the left and the West Ham man is forced to concede another corner.

47

Parker tries to burst forward for West Ham, but he runs into two Villa defenders and loses possession.

Second half
 

West Ham get this second half underway and Gianfranco Zola will be hoping his side can keep the hosts at bay for another 45 minutes.

Half time
 

Aston Villa 0 West Ham 0: Villa have certainly been the better side and have forced a couple of decent saves from Green, but it remains goalless at the break.

45

Young takes on Tomkins down the left, but the ball ricochets off the Villa man and out for a goal kick.

45

There will be just one minute of added time at the end of the first half.

44

Faubert turns the ball behind for a corner, Villa's 8th of the half. Young takes towards the far post, but Green claims again.

43

Young curls it right footed across the face of the goal, but the delivery is not the best and Green catches comfortably.

43

Foul by Tomkins on Young right on the corner of the area and it's a free-kick in a dangerous position for the home side.

41

Young picks out the overlap from Warnock again, but his first time cross is too high and it drifts out to the far side of the pitch.

39

Milner digs out a cross from the left corner of the pitch. Downing tries to get on the end of it, but Green comes out well to claim.

37

Milner crosses left fotted, in-swinging from the right. Heskey tries to hook it goalwards but misses his kick and the ball drifts out for a goal-kick.

36

Downing's corner from the Villa right is met by Collins, but his header from 8 yards flies over. He'll probably feel he should have done better with that.

35

Decent cross by Ashley Young on the right, but Green dives to his right and punches clear.

33

Parker plays it forward for Collison, who tries to get beyond the Villa defence, but Cuellar covers round well and clears the danger.

32

Nouble earns West Ham's first corner of the game. From the corner they work an opening for Behrami on the edge of the area, but his shot is way off target.

31

Villa enjoy some more possession inside the West Ham half. They work it wide to Milner, but his low cross is cleared away. It's been a good spell from the home side.

29

Good play from villa again. Downing finds Young on the left. He tees up Warnock on the overlap and his cross is claimed by Green as Heskey looked to get on the end of it.

27

Fine turn and Shot from Agbonlahor on the penalty spot, but Green dives to his left to make a fine save and turn it wide for a corner.

26

Young gets space down the left and bursts forward towards the corner of the West Ham area. He crosses, but it's mis-hit and Green is forced into a save.

26

Heskey holds the ball up well on the left. He plays it to Milner who does well to force a corner under pressure from two defenders.

24

Petrov tries to release Downing on the right, but his pass is straight at a Villa man. The home side have been really wasteful in possession at times in this first half.

23

Cuellar plays it forward down the right looking for Agbonlahor, but it's a wayward pass and the ball flies out for a goal-kick.

21

Good play down the left by Villa and the ball finds Heskey inside the area. He does well to turn and shoot, but it's blocked by Tomkins and out for another Villa corner.

20

The ball is played in-swinging into the visitor's area and Faubert is forced to turn it behind for a corner.

20

Good turn by Agbonlahor 35 yards out and he forces Upson into bringing him down. Free kick to Villa and the home side are just starting to get into this game.

18

Milner takes the free-kick, but it' hits Kovac in the wall and he goes down requiring treatment.

16
Yellow Card
 

Heskey runs at the West Ham defence and is brought down by Kovac on the edge of the penalty area.The referee shows Kovac the yellow card for his troubles.

16

Cross from the left picks out Downing at the far post but he can't find the power in his header and it's a comfortable save for Green at his near post.

15

A deep cross is angled into the box by Behrami, but it's over-hit and safely into the arms of Friedel.

13

The game is just getting caught up in the midfield, with neither side really able to force any worthwhile openings.

11

Agbonlahor's pace troubles Tomkins down the left. but the Hammers man gets back well to make the tackle, but only at the expense of a corner.

11

Parker finds space to shoot from 25 yards but his effort is weak and it trickles well wide of Friedel's right-hand post.

10

Almost 10 minutes gone at Villa Park and it's been pretty uneventful so far aside from that run from Nouble.

7

Foul by Kovac on Petrov 15 yards inside the West Ham half and it's a free-kick to the home side.

5

First chance of the game and it falls to West Ham. Nouble does incredibly well to run from 15 yards inside his own half. He works himself into a shooting position, but fires over from just inside the penalty area.

4

Good ball forward down the right channel for Agbonlahor and he earns a throw-in on the right 10 yards from the corner flag.

2

Both sides give away possession readily in the opening exchanges

1

Agbonhalor almost times his run to get beyond the West Ham defence, but he strays just offside and the flag goes up.

Kickoff
 

After a well observed minute's silence in honour of those killed in the shooting on the Togolese team bus, the hosts get the match underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

On the other hand, the visitors have won once in six matches and only registered four points in that time.

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Villa will go into today's game with confidence, having won seven of their last nine in all competitions. Their defensive record of 18 goals conceded in 20 games is also the second best in the division behind leaders Chelsea.

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Villa did, however, lose their first match in seven against today's opponents in the reverse fixture back in November.

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West Ham have won only one of their previous 12 visits to Villa Park, their last being a 2-1 victory in 2006.

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Hull’s point at Spurs yesterday means that West Ham start the day in the bottom three. Off the pitch though, reports suggest that Cagliari president Massimo Chellino is poised to take over as owner of the club.

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Villa’s 1-0 victory at Blackburn in midweek left them with one foot in the final of the Carling Cup, but back-to-back league defeats have left them lying in 6th place and 3 points off of the Champions League places.

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Noble and Parker do, however, return for West Ham following hamstring problems.

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Guillermo Franco misses out for the Hammers after injuring himself in training, leaving the visitors with no senior striker in today’s line-up.

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West Ham team line-up: Green, Upson, Spector, Tomkins, Parker, Kovac, Noble, Faubert, Behrami, Collison, Nouble

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Aston Villa team line-up: Friedel, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Collins, Downing, A Young, Milner, Petrov, Agbonlahor, Heskey

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Aston Villa face West Ham at 1:30pm on Sunday, January 17th.