A Villa vs West Ham
8:00pm Monday 16th September
West Ham endured the second-half dismissal of Arthur Masuaku to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 3 matches with a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Monday Night Football.
The Hammers needed to navigate the 23 minutes with a man down after referee Mike Dean issued Masuaku on Ahmed Elmohamady that did not appear to create contact using a second yellow for a challenge.
Villa may have been decreased to 10 or nine men when Anwar El Ghazi hauled his head to the face of defender Tyrone Mings.
But Dean Smith’s side didn’t take advantage of the reprieve and the numerical edge since the Hammers fought their way into a stage that moves them up to eighth and sees Villa climb from the relegation zone.
Villa’s bid to better their dismal record of just one win in 16 Premier League games on a Monday almost got away to the ideal beginning when Jack Grealish turned into West Ham land and chose out Wesley with a cherry of a cross into the near post, however the hosts’ record signing led over on 13 minutes when it seemed easier to score.
It was the turn of Sebastian Haller to proceed near because the Hammers’ top scorer stole a march on Mings to get but he would only steer a header wide.
The increased strain on the Villa defence caused tempers to flare on 35 minutes after Mings and El Ghazi were involved in a heated exchange that watched the latter push against his mind to the face of his team-mate.
The two players endured a VAR inspection and, three minutes later, Mark Noble was fortunate to be waved to his feet rather than shown a second yellow by Dean after visiting ground seeking a punishment without touch.
As the ball gathered into the path of John McGinn, villa drew a line underneath an first half together with the opening goal, but his drive from the edge of this region drew a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.
McGinn was again early fizzing a drive inches wide of the left wing pole of Fabianski and Declan Rice saw as both sides saw an opportunity to spend the match a fierce drive blocked.
And Villa’s chances received a hike when Masuaku was penalised for a visit on Elmohamady and given his marching orders after committing a second bookable offence, although replays showed contact had been minimal.
However, the sending off had the opposite impact, invigorating West Ham as they made a lively display in a pulsating finale with 10 men.
Grealish had the opportunity to win it with just 2 minutes remaining but, at full stretch, he was unable to direct a volley on target from seven yards while West Ham might have been granted the opportunity to win the match had Mings’ barge on Ryan Fredericks at the area been punished.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish told Sky Sports:””It’s all handbags. Heat of the moment, when you’re out there. When we got to half-time, it was all put into bed. Shake handson. 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 all the lads are shattered. It feels a bit like a loss, particularly when they went down to 10 men. Even in the very first half I think we had the better opportunities. Everybody tries to do a little too much. If they went down to ten men we got worse, I think. I gave away too many passes. We tried to force things.”
West Ham host Manchester United live on Sky Sports Premier League on Renault Super Sunday from 1pm ; Kick-off 2pm. Villa journey to Arsenal on the identical day; Kick-off 4.30pm.