Match ends, Aston Villa 4, West Ham United 1.
Aston Villa continued their fine form under manager Unai Emery by holding off West Ham to move back to the brink of the Premier League’s top four.
Tuesday marks the anniversary of Emery’s appointment as Villa boss and the Spaniard has transformed the team since taking over from Steven Gerrard.
An entertaining first half, typical of the free-flowing football Emery has encouraged at Villa Park, saw Douglas Luiz open the scoring and the Brazil midfielder converted a penalty just after half-time.
A deflected shot by Jarrod Bowen led to a nervy spell for the hosts, but England striker Ollie Watkins then fired in his eighth goal of the season for Villa.
Substitute Leon Bailey struck late on to wrap up an 11th straight league win at home for Villa, their best run since winning 13 in a row when they were reigning European champions in 1983.
Before Emery’s first game in charge, Villa were 16th in the Premier League – one point off the relegation zone. But he steered them to European qualification last season and now they are back within a point of the Champions League places.
More to follow.
- 1E Martínez
- 14P Torres
- 6Douglas Luiz
- 22ZanioloSubstituted forBaileyat 76′minutes
- 19DiabySubstituted forTielemansat 85′minutes
- 3Diego Carlos
- 33EmersonBooked at 54mins
- 28SoucekSubstituted forKudusat 67′minutes
- 10Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forIngsat 86′minutes
- 9AntonioSubstituted forFornalsat 90′minutes
- David Coote
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 4, West Ham United 1.
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nayef Aguerd (West Ham United).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Vladimír Coufal (West Ham United).
Attempt saved. Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Fornals.
Foul by Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa).
Emerson (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lucas Digne (Aston Villa).
Vladimír Coufal (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals replaces Michail Antonio.
Goal! Aston Villa 4, West Ham United 1. Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Alphonse Areola.
Attempt missed. Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Boubacar Kamara.
Substitution, West Ham United. Danny Ings replaces Lucas Paquetá.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Youri Tielemans replaces Moussa Diaby.
Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, West Ham United. Alphonse Areola tries a through ball, but Lucas Paquetá is caught offside.
West Ham United
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