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  • Date:18 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Upton Park
  • Attendance:34,172
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93:13 +3.13

Matthew Taylor decides to take the corner short.

92:44 +2.44

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

90:36 +0.36

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

89:55

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

88:55

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

82:10

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

80:06

Carlton Cole goes off and Modibo Maiga comes on.

76:17

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.

75:52

Ron Vlaar takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

72:53

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

72:31

Outswinging corner taken by Stephen Ireland.

72:02

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

71:33

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

70:15

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.

69:44

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

69:26

Matthew Lowton decides to take a short corner.

69:11

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

65:51

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

65:09

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

64:44

Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

63:11

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.

62:34

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

60:30

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.

58:24

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

52:48

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

51:49

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

50:58

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

46:39

Corner taken by Mark Noble.

46:05 +1.05

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

46:03

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

45:35

Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

44:00

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

42:32

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

42:13

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

41:51

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

39:03

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.

38:11

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.

37:27

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

36:24

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

35:42

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

35:11

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

33:58

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

32:31

Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

31:08

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

30:24

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

27:09

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

25:07

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.

23:13

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

22:05

Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.

21:36

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

18:58

The ball is delivered by Brett Holman.

17:10

Corner from left by-line taken by Matthew Taylor.

16:48

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

15:51

Centre by Ricardo Vaz Te.

15:14

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

10:39

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

10:05

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

8:58

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

8:05

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

6:58

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

4:45

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

3:15

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

2:34

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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