A Villa vs West Ham
8:00pm Monday 16th September
West Ham endured the dismissal of Arthur Masuaku to expand their unbeaten streak from the Premier League into three matches with a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Monday Night Football.
The Hammers had to navigate the final 23 minutes with a man down following referee Mike Dean issued Masuaku on Ahmed Elmohamady which did not appear to make contact with all the Villa defender with another yellow for a struggle.
When his head hauled into the surface of defender Tyrone Mings at the flashpoint of the first 34, villa may have been reduced to 10 or perhaps nine men.
But since the Hammers fought their way to a stage that sees Villa climb out of the relegation zone and moves them up Dean Smith’s side didn’t take advantage of the advantage along with that reprieve.
Villa’s bid to increase their dismal record of just one win from 16 Premier League games on a Monday almost got off to the ideal beginning when Jack Grealish turned into West Ham land and picked out Wesley using a peach of a cross to the near post, but the hosts’ record signing led over on 13 minutes when it looked easier to score.
It was then the turn of Sebastian Haller to go near as the Hammers’ scorer stole a march to get at the conclusion of Felipe Anderson’s cross from the left, but he could steer a header wide.
The strain on the Villa defence caused tempers to flare on 35 minutes once El and Mings Ghazi were included in a heated market that watched his mind is pushed by the latter to his team-mate’s face.
The two players lived a VAR review and, three minutes later, Mark Noble was lucky to be waved to his toes rather than after visiting ground seeking a punishment without touch shown a second yellow by Dean.
Villa drew a line since El Ghazi rolled the ball into the path of John McGinn, but his drive from the edge of this area brought a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.
McGinn was again early in the second half, fizzing a minimal drive inches wide of Fabianski’s left-hand article and Declan Rice watched a drive blocked as both sides saw an opportunity to select the match.
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 trip on Elmohamady, though replays showed contact had been minimal.
But off the sending had the contrary impact, invigorating West Ham since they created a display in a finale with 10 guys.
Grealish had the opportunity to win it with two minutes remaining however, in full stretch, he was unable to direct a volley on goal from seven metres while West Ham could have been granted the opportunity to win the match had Mings’ barge on Ryan Fredericks in the region been punished.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish told Sky Sports:““It is all purses. Warmth of the moment when you’re out there. It was put to bed. Shake hands. All of us said that can’t be happening out on the pitch.“
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish told Sky Sports:“I’ve only been back into the living area and the lads are shattered. It seems somewhat like a reduction when they went down to 10 men. In the first half I believe we all had the better chances. Everybody tries to do a little too much. When they moved down to ten men we have worse I think. I gave away too many passes. We tried to force things.“
Kick-off 2pm live on Sky Sports Premier League;. Villa journey to Arsenal on the exact same afternoon; Kick-off 4.30pm.
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