A Villa vs West Ham
8:00pm Monday 16th September
West Ham endured the dismissal of Arthur Masuaku to expand their unbeaten streak in the Premier League at Aston Villa on Monday Night Football.
The Hammers had to browse the 23 minutes with a guy down after referee Mike Dean issued a second yellow for a struggle to Masuaku on Ahmed Elmohamady which did not appear to make contact with the Villa defender.
When his head drove to the surface of fellow defender Tyrone Mings in the flashpoint of the first 34, villa might have been decreased to 10 or nine men.
However, Dean Smith’s side failed to benefit from the reprieve along with the numerical advantage since 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 better their dismal record of just one win from 16 Premier League matches on a Monday almost got off to the perfect beginning when Jack Grealish drove into West Ham land and picked out Wesley with a peach of a cross to the near post, however the hosts’ record signing headed around on 13 minutes when it seemed easier to score.
It was then the turn of Sebastian Haller to proceed near as the Hammers’ leading scorer stole a march to get on the conclusion of Felipe Anderson’s cross but he could steer a header wide.
The strain on the Villa defence caused tempers to flare on 35 minutes once Mings and El Ghazi were engaged in a heated exchange that watched the latter push against his mind to the face of his team-mate.
A VAR inspection was not survived by both players and, three minutes later, Mark Noble was fortunate to be waved to his toes rather than shown a second yellow by Dean later visiting ground searching for a punishment without touch.
Since the ball gathered into the path of John McGinn, villa drew a line, however his crisp drive from the edge of this region brought a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.
McGinn was at it again in the second half, fizzing a drive inches wide of Fabianski post and Declan Rice watched as either side saw an opportunity a fierce drive blocked.
And Villa’s odds received a boost when Masuaku given his marching orders after committing a second bookable offence and was penalised for a trip on Elmohamady, though replays showed contact had been minimal.
However, off the sending had the opposite impact, because they produced a display in a pulsating finale with 10 men invigorating West Ham.
Grealish had the chance to win it with two minutes remaining but, at full stretch, he was not able to steer a volley on target from seven metres while West Ham might have been given the opportunity to win the game had Mings’ barge on Ryan Fredericks from the area been penalized.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish told Sky Sports:””It is all purses. Warmth of the moment when you’re on the market. Once we got to half-time, 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 in the living area and the lads are ruined. It feels somewhat like a reduction, particularly 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. If they went down to ten men we have worse, I think. I gave too many sloppy passes away. We attempted to force matters.”
West Ham host Manchester United reside on Renault Super Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Premier League2pm. Villa travel to Arsenal on the exact same afternoon; Kick-off 4.30pm.