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  • Date:18 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Upton Park
  • Attendance:34,172
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94mins

Matthew Taylor decides to take the corner short.

93mins

Modibo Maiga takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.

91mins

Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Baker. Direct free kick taken by Barry Bannan.

90mins

Andreas Weimann is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karim El Ahmadi by Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Barry Bannan.

83mins

Matthew Lowton sends in a cross, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

81mins

Carlton Cole goes off and Modibo Maiga comes on.

77mins

Matthew Taylor fouled by Fabian Delph, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabian Delph. The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Carlton Cole has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

76mins

Ron Vlaar takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

73mins

James Tomkins replaces Kevin Nolan. Gary Gardner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charles N'Zogbia.

73mins

Outswinging corner taken by Stephen Ireland.

73mins

Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross, Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.

72mins

The ball is swung over by Charles N'Zogbia, Joey O'Brien gets a block in.

71mins

Nathan Baker fouled by Ricardo Vaz Te, the ref awards a free kick. Joey O'Brien comes on in place of George McCartney. Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.

70mins

Stephen Ireland takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Winston Reid.

70mins

Matthew Lowton decides to take a short corner.

70mins

Fabian Delph takes a shot. Winston Reid gets a block in.

66mins

The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, save by Shay Given.

66mins

Shot by Ricardo Vaz Te from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

65mins

Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

64mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charles N'Zogbia, Close range header by Ron Vlaar misses to the right of the target.

63mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. George McCartney gets a block in.

61mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent by George McCartney. Andreas Weimann on for Brett Holman. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stephen Ireland from right wing, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.

59mins

The ball is sent over by George McCartney, save by Shay Given.

53mins

Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

52mins

Ron Vlaar has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

51mins

Stephen Ireland fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia takes the free kick.

47mins

Corner taken by Mark Noble.

47mins

Ron Vlaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Matthew Taylor takes the direct free kick.

47mins

Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Baker.

46mins

Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

44mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by George McCartney. Charles N'Zogbia takes the free kick.

43mins

Charles N'Zogbia fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Karim El Ahmadi restarts play with the free kick.

43mins

Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.

42mins

The official flags Darren Bent offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

40mins

Kevin Nolan finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Ricardo Vaz Te.

39mins

Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Caution for Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.

38mins

Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Shay Given.

37mins

Mark Noble takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Charles N'Zogbia.

36mins

Fabian Delph concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Vaz Te. Mark Noble takes the free kick.

36mins

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Kevin Nolan misses to the left of the target.

34mins

Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Ron Vlaar results in a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.

33mins

Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

32mins

Foul by Brett Holman on James Collins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.

31mins

Corner taken by Matthew Taylor played to the near post, Karim El Ahmadi makes a clearance.

28mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Winston Reid. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ireland.

26mins

Matthew Taylor fouled by Matthew Lowton, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Noble, save made by Shay Given.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Karim El Ahmadi takes the free kick.

23mins

Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.

22mins

Karim El Ahmadi takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.

19mins

The ball is delivered by Brett Holman.

18mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Matthew Taylor.

17mins

The ball is swung over by Carlton Cole, blocked by Ron Vlaar.

16mins

Centre by Ricardo Vaz Te.

16mins

Foul by Kevin Nolan on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Karim El Ahmadi takes the direct free kick.

11mins

Effort from 35 yards by Karim El Ahmadi went wide of the right-hand upright.

11mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Mark Noble. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

9mins

Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Direct free kick taken by Karim El Ahmadi.

9mins

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.

7mins

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Mark Noble, free kick awarded. Winston Reid takes the direct free kick.

5mins

George McCartney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brett Holman. Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.

3mins

Brett Holman has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

Match Preview

Allardyce not taking Villa match lightly West Ham's Sam Allardyce is hopeful of getting Premier League life off to a winning start but insists his side will not take Aston Villa for granted. The Hammers secured their return to the top flight via the play-offs last season, bouncing back at the first attempt after relegation under Avram Grant. First up for the east Londoners are Villa and, while quietly confident of three points, Allardyce rejected the notion that the fixture is an easy one. "Everybody thought that Cardiff City at home was a comfortable start last season and we got beat 1-0 in the last minute," he said. "I don't think there is any kind of comfortable start in the Premier League. "I think there is a possibility that we can get off to a good start if we give a good performance. "What we are looking for a good performance by our players and that might give us a chance to win the first game here at Upton Park at the start of a new Premier League season. "I think we all need to be a little apprehensive, certainly myself because it doesn't matter how good or bad I think we are, I won't really know until we play Barclays Premier League games." Jack Collison will miss the opener after aggravating an existing knee injury towards the end of last season, which has seen him miss pre-season. Fellow Wales international James Collins is fit to face his former club after a groin injury, but manager Allardyce revealed his summer signings from overseas, Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga, will not start. Paul Lambert admits Aston Villa's history "raises the bar" in terms of what is expected from his first season in charge. The former Norwich boss is striving to bring the good times back to Villa after two seasons of underachievement under Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish. Lambert has been welcomed by Villa fans with open arms after the animosity shown towards former Birmingham boss McLeish. But he has urged Villa supporters to stick with the team through the ups and downs that will lie ahead during the next nine months. Lambert said: "The history of Villa, that raises the bar because of that side of things and the expectancy level. "When you go to any club it's hard. It's not an easy job, football management, and Norwich was tough to turn around. "But Villa is a huge club and I can't wait for the season to start now, the atmosphere, the adrenalin rush, and trying to win as many games as we can. "We have to hit the ground running and that is what we will try and do. You have to be ready. There is no turning back now." Villa summer signing, Brett Holman, has shaken off a knee problem and the midfielder is included in the squad for the trip to Upton Park. Other newcomers, central defender Ron Vlaar, right-back Matthew Lowton and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, are also in contention. Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee), defender Richard Dunne (groin) and winger Marc Albrighton (foot) are still sidelined.

Formation:433Manager: Sam Allardyce

West Ham

Formation: 442Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Guy Demel
  • Winston Reid
  • James Collins
  • George McCartney
  • Mark Noble
  • Mohamed Diame
  • Kevin Nolan
  • Ricardo Vaz Te
  • Carlton Cole
  • Matthew Taylor
  • SUBS
  • Stephen Henderson
  • James Tomkins
  • Nicky Maynard
  • Modibo Maiga
  • Joey O'Brien
  • Alou Diarra
  • Gary O'Neil

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