A Villa vs West Ham
8:00pm Monday 16th September
West Ham survived the dismissal of Arthur Masuaku to expand their unbeaten run from the Premier League at Aston Villa on Monday Night Football.
The Hammers had to browse the last 23 minutes with a man down after Masuaku was issued by referee Mike Dean on Ahmed Elmohamady which did not appear to create contact with a second yellow for a struggle.
When his head drove into the surface of defender Tyrone Mings in the flashpoint of this 34, villa may well have been decreased to 10 or nine men.
However, Dean Smith’s side didn’t take advantage of the advantage and that reprieve because the Hammers fought their way into a stage that moves them up and sees Villa climb out of the relegation zone.
Villa’s bid to improve their dismal record of just one win in 16 Premier League games on a Monday almost got away to the ideal start when Jack Grealish drove into West Ham land and picked out Wesley using a cherry of a cross to the near post, however the hosts’ album signing headed over on 13 moments when it seemed easier to score.
It was then the turn of Sebastian Haller to go close because the Hammers’ top scorer stole a march to get from the left, but he would just steer a header wide.
The increased strain on the Villa defence caused tempers to flare on 35 minutes after El and Mings Ghazi were engaged in a heated exchange that saw his head is pushed by the latter to his team-mate’s face.
The two players endured a VAR review and, three minutes later, Mark Noble was fortunate to be waved to his feet and not after visiting earth in search of a penalty without touch shown a yellow by referee Dean.
As the ball wrapped into the path of John McGinn, villa almost drew a line, but his sharp drive from the edge of the region brought a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.
McGinn was at it again fizzing a drive inches wide of Fabianski article and Declan Rice watched a drive blocked as an opportunity to choose the match was seen by either side.
And Villa’s odds received a boost when Masuaku given his marching orders after committing a second bookable offence and was seeking to get a visit on Elmohamady, although replays showed contact had been minimal.
However, the sending off had the contrary impact, invigorating West Ham because they made a display with 10 men.
Grealish had the opportunity to win it with two minutes remaining however, at full stretch, he was not able to direct a volley on target from seven metres while West Ham might have been granted the chance to win the game had Mings’ barge on Ryan Fredericks at the area been punished.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish told Sky Sports:””It is all handbags. Warmth of the moment, when you are out there. It was put to bed. Shake hands. We all said that can not be happening out on the pitch.”
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish told Sky Sports:”I have just been back in the changing room and the lads are devastated. It feels a bit like a reduction when they moved down to 10 men. In the very first half I believe we all had the better chances. Everybody tries to do a little too much. When they went down to ten men we got worse, I think. I gave too many passes away. We attempted to force matters.”
West Ham host Manchester United live on Sky Sports Premier League2pm. Villa travel to Arsenal on exactly the identical afternoon; Kick-off 4.30pm.