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West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa: Hammers move to fifth in Premier League

West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa: Angelo Ogbonna and Jarrod Bowen scored as Hammers moved to fifth in the Premier League after Ollie Watkins was denied a stoppage-time equaliser.

West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa Hammers move to fifth in Premier League www.theafricanstand.com
West Ham moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a third successive win against Aston Villa at London Stadium.

West Ham moved fifth in the Premier League with a victory over Aston Villa in a pulsating match at London Stadium.

Villa’s Ollie Watkins was denied a stoppage-time equaliser after an agonising VAR wait deemed his upper arm was offside.

The former Brentford man also hit the bar with a penalty as the spirited visitors pressed for the leveller their play more than deserved.

David Moyes has quietly established the Hammers as an effective outfit this season and they got off to the perfect start when Angelo Ogbonna buried a header past Emiliano Martinez inside the first two minutes.

Villa had won all three of their previous away games and seized control of the first half after that, Jack Grealish whipping an equaliser past Lukasz Fabianski from distance.

But Moyes rang the changes at half-time and it paid immediate dividends as substitute Said Benrahma set up Jarrod Bowen for a delightfully deft header immediately after the break to retake the lead.

Villa had plenty of chances to draw level but were left to rue Watkins’ profligacy and VAR’s ruling.

West Ham United, meanwhile, gratefully took the win to move to within four points of Tottenham and the Premier League summit.

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

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