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ASTON VILLA v WEST HAM RECAP: Villa and Hammers share the spoils

Aston Villa and West Ham United played out a 1-1 draw at Villa Park on Saturday.

Aaron Cresswell gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time with a wonderful strike from just outside the area to give the East Londoners their first goal in almost 400 minutes.

Villa levelled just after the hour-mark when Rudy Gestede was dragged down in the area by Angelo Ogbonna allowing Jordan Ayew to step up and fire home for his third in five outings.

The draw allowed Remi Garde's bottom-placed Villa to add to their points tally which now stands at eight as Slaven Bilic's Hammers dropped to 10th on the back of a run of five straight draws and eight matches without a win.


Aston Villa: 1 (Aaron Cresswell 45+2')
West Ham United: 1 (Jordan Ayew (PEN) 62')
Villa Park, Birmingham - 38,193


- Villa closing in on a much-needed victory. Will it come before the New Year?

- West Ham also battling to find a win but have more scope with their injured stars on the verge of a return.


Villa will travel to Norwich City on Monday as West Ham prepare to host Southampton.



Aston Villa's Garde on his side's improved showing:

"The feeling is frustration more than anything else, because when you play like we played we gave 100 per cent and deserved more than that.

"If you add the last 45 minutes at Newcastle it's now a long time we've played good football without being rewarded with goals."

West Ham boss Bilic on the penalty call:

"I'm West Ham manager and I'm not objective, but I'm trying to be.

“When it happened I saw Ogbonna in front of Gestede and Gestede came in front not because he was quicker, but because he pulled his shirt. It was long enough for the referee to notice."

*Thanks to Opta

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