West Ham Untied beat Aston Villa 2-0 in their English Premier league clash at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday. Remi Garde’s men came into the game bottom of the table and were desperate for the three points. Villa started the game well enough, playing with a high tempo as they looked to grab the opener.
Then on 17 minutes the Villans’ pursuit of three points was made much harder as a moment of madness from Jordan Ayew saw the striker throw an elbow which struck the face of Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell. The referee had no choice but to send Ayew off. Slaven Bilic’s boys took control of the game from then on as Garde’s charges looked to sit back and try and hold off the hosts.
West Ham finally took the lead on 57 minutes as a great cross-field ball from Mark Noble found Michail Antonio’s run in behind the defence, and he finished expertly with his header back across the keeper and into the bottom left corner. The home side looked to push on for a second goal as the Birmingham boys looked to grab an equaliser on the break. Visiting keeper Mark Bunn was forced into making a crucial save to keep his side in the game as he tipped wide a Cresswell volley on 75 minutes.
The London club finally wrapped up the game on 84 minutes as a classic counter attack saw them break from a Villa corner as Enner Valencia slid through Cheikhou Kouyate who lifted the ball over the on-rushing Bunn. Bilic will be happy with the three points while Garde and his team look to be slipping ever closer to relegation.