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Aston Villa vs West Ham LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction today

The Hammers consolidated their place inside the top four with a big win at Villa Park

Jamie Braidwood
Sunday 31 October 2021 19:09 GMT
Match Preview: Aston Villa vs West Ham on 31/10/2021

West Ham won 4-1 at Aston Villa to move into the top four in the Premier League and round off a wonderful week for David Moyes’ side.

The Hammers defeated London rivals Tottenham last weekend and reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory against holders Manchester City, before putting 10-man Villa to the sword.

Villa boss Dean Smith will feel everything that could go wrong did go wrong as his team slipped to a fourth successive Premier League defeat.

Long-range strikes from Ben Johnson and Declan Rice saw Moyes’ men head into half-time in front, after Ollie Watkins had equalised for the hosts.

Ezri Konsa’s red card shortly after the break gave Villa an uphill task and further goals from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen inside the final 10 minutes settled the contest. Follow all the reaction live below:


Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

24 mins: Benrahma had the opportunity to slide in Antonio but played the ball on the wrong side of the striker as Hause recovered. The Villa defender then got the better of Antonio in a tussle on the halfway line, as Bowen played it forward. Gaps are starting to open up if West Ham can find them.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:56

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

22 mins: Leon Bailey lines up to take a long throw, as Hause and Konsa come forward, but the winger is unable to reach the box. A strange one, that.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:54

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

19 mins: Antonio steals the ball from Hause and races clear down the right, before the Villa defender is able to track back and block his cross.

West Ham are controlling the midfield and are beginning to look dangerous on the break, too. The Villa fans are getting restless.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:52

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

15 mins: Chances at both ends! McGinn swings a cross into the back post, where is reaches Bailey. He thrashes a shot towards the near post but is collected by Fabianski, who was in a good position.

West Ham then go down the other end and Bowen is twice denied by a pair of crucial blocks from Cash, before Soucek’s header is collected by Martinez.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:48

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

13 mins: Ramsey is not going to be able to continue and is replaced by Ashley Young.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:46

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

12 mins: There are groans from the Villa supporters after a corner is drilled into the first man. There’s then some concern for the hosts as Ramsey is down after going over his ankle.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:45

Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham

10 mins: Villa look a little rattled by Johnson’s strike, as well as the confidence of West Ham’s start.

“He’s one of our own”, sing the away fans in celebration of their unlikely goalscorer.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:43

GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham (JOHNSON 7’)

What a goal from Ben Johnson, almost out of nowhere! I was just about to say that Declan Rice had made a good start to this game and it’s the midfielder who starts the move, driving forward and spraying the ball wide to the full back. He cuts inside onto his left foot before firing a low shot across Martinez and into the far corner. It looked like it might have caught the Villa goalkeeper by surprise, and it’s a nightmare start for the hosts.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:38

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

6 mins: West Ham have looked to hit Antonio early on a couple of occasions but the ball has yet to stick to the in-form striker.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:38

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

4 mins: The sight of Emi Martinez in the Villa goal will be a welcome one for the home fans after the goalkeeper had to rush back from Argentina following a personal issue this week. West Ham are having the better share of possession so far and Villa look happy to sit in.

Jamie Braidwood31 October 2021 16:36

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