Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham- Match Report
Report of match 10th February 2013
Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham- Match Report.
Villa out of drop zone with win
Aston Villa moved out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three as second-half goals from Christian Benteke and Charles N'Zogbia earned a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Villa Park.
Benteke broke the deadlock from the penalty spot with his 15th goal of the campaign and N'Zogbia made the points safe with a superb free-kick.
Ashley Westwood's late own goal could not prevent Villa's first win in nine league games and ended a run of four successive home league defeats.
Paul Lambert's side also looked more secure in defending set-pieces than in recent games, with Ciaran Clark impressive.
It was a vital three points for the midlands club ahead of successive matches away to Arsenal and at home to Manchester City.
But West Ham have now lost five successive away games and are in danger of being sucked towards the relegation zone.
Lambert handed a first league start to striker Jordan Bowery, a ?600,000 summer signing from Chesterfield, in place of the ill Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Villa started brightly and Andreas Weimann missed a golden opportunity to put them ahead after less than two minutes.
Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to hold a dipping shop from Benteke and the rebound fell to Weimann unmarked six yards out.
But the Austrian placed the ball wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy and held his head in his hands.
Weimann then raced onto a flick from Benteke but Hammers defender James Tomkins was alert to the situation and tidied up.
Andy Carroll, fresh from his winner against Swansea last weekend, was only just too high with a first time lob which landed on the top of the net and left Villa keeper Brad Guzan backpedalling.
Carroll and Villa defender Nathan Baker both needed lengthy treatment after a clash of heads when attacking the ball from N'Zogbia's corner.
West Ham were forced into a change after 24 minutes with right-back Joey O'Brien suffering a leg injury in a strong but fair challenge from Baker before being replaced by Guy Demel.
Villa skipper Ron Vlaar shot just over at the near post after attacking an Ashley Westwood corner but play struggled to move out of second gear during the opening 45 minutes.
Hammers on loan defender Emanuel Pogatetz was booked in first half injury-time for a foul on N'Zogbia.
West Ham dominated the early stages of the second period possession-wise and appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge by Vlaar on Carroll.
Villa defender Ciaran Clark made a crucial clearance from a Mohamed Diame ball into the danger area after Guzan had failed to make a clean punch on his attempted clearance.
Lambert made a double change after 63 minutes with Darren Bent and January loan signing Simon Dawkins replacing Bowery and Weimann respectively.
N'Zogbia curled a shot just past the far post after being teed up by Benteke.
But Bent came to Villa's rescue when he cleared a low goal-bound shot from Carroll.
Baker was yellow carded for bringing down Joe Cole in full flight but after 74 minutes Villa were celebrating as they broke the deadlock through Benteke's 15th goal of the campaign.
Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a penalty after Mark Noble brought down N'Zogbia.
Up stepped Benteke to send Jaaskelainen the wrong way with his spot-kick.
With 11 minutes left N'Zogbia doubled Villa's lead with a superb free-kick after Tomkins brought down Bent.
N'Zogbia curled the ball over the defensive wall and past Jaaskelainen for his first Premier League goal of the campaign.
Westwood unintentionally set up a tense finale when he headed the ball past Guzan from a Joe Cole cross.
Then in injury-time Guzan blocked a shot from Kevin Nolan and turned aside a Carlton Cole header as Villa survived by the skin of their teeth.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 13:30 Venue: Villa Park Attendance: 30,503|
Benteke 74 (pen)
|2 - 1||West Ham Utd.
Westwood 87 (og)
|90+0||Corner taken by Joe Cole from the right by-line played to the near post, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.|
|90+0||Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save.|
|90+0||Ciaran Clark is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ciaran Clark receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Carlton Cole.|
|89||Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Carroll on Yacouba Sylla. Direct free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.|
|86||Ashley Westwood heads into his own net. Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham.Joe Cole provided the assist for the goal.|
|86||Darren Bent challenges Winston Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Darren Bent. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.|
|85||Unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.|
|84||Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Clearance by Ashley Westwood. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Carlton Cole, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.|
|82||The ball is crossed by Emanuel Pogatetz, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance. Carlton Cole sends in a cross, Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Charles N'Zogbia leaves the field to be replaced by Yacouba Sylla.|
|81||Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cole from the left by-line, clearance made by Nathan Baker.|
|81||Emanuel Pogatetz takes a shot. Ashley Westwood gets a block in.|
|79||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid by Darren Bent. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.|
|79||The official flags Ricardo Vaz Te offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|76||James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Bent. Winston Reid goes into the book for dissent. Charles N'Zogbia finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal.|
|76||Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Dawkins. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.|
|75||Handball decision goes against Christian Benteke. Carlton Cole on for Mark Noble. Joe Cole takes the direct free kick.|
|74||Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Winston Reid. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.|
|72||Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Mark Noble. Christian Benteke scores a placed penalty. Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham.Charles N'Zogbia provided the assist for the goal.|
|71||Foul by Nathan Baker on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Nathan Baker is booked. The ball is swung over by Joe Cole, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Kevin Nolan misses to the right of the goal.|
|70||Christian Benteke is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.|
|69||The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton, clearance made by James Tomkins.|
|66||The official flags Joe Cole offside. (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Ricardo Vaz Te coming on for Matthew Taylor. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.|
|65||Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Clearance by Darren Bent.|
|64||Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Andy Carroll. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.|
|64||Effort from the edge of the box by Charles N'Zogbia goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|62||The ball is delivered by Guy Demel, save by Bradley Guzan. Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar. Darren Bent on for Jordan Bowery. Simon Dawkins replaces Andreas Weimann.|
|60||Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Westwood. Ashley Westwood takes the direct free kick.|
|60||Joe Cole sends in a cross, Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.|
|59||Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.|
|59||Joe Cole fouled by Nathan Baker, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.|
|58||The ball is sent over by Andreas Weimann, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.|
|57||The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Benteke. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.|
|57||The ball is sent over by Ashley Westwood.|
|56||The ball is delivered by Jordan Bowery, Winston Reid makes a clearance. Ashley Westwood takes a outswinging corner.|
|54||Joe Cole is ruled offside. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.|
|53||Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Bradley Guzan makes a save.|
|52||Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.|
|51||The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.|
|51||The ball is crossed by Joe Cole, Jordan Bowery manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Joe Cole from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Fabian Delph.|
|50||Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Guy Demel. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|49||Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|48||Centre by Guy Demel.|
|46||The ball is swung over by Joe Cole, James Tomkins takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.|
|45||Joe Cole takes the inswinging corner, Christian Benteke manages to make a clearance.|
|45+0||Andy Carroll produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.|
|45+0||Centre by Guy Demel.|
|43||Free kick awarded for a foul by Emanuel Pogatetz on Charles N'Zogbia. Emanuel Pogatetz receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.|
|41||The ball is crossed by Guy Demel.|
|40||Andreas Weimann is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.|
|39||Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Winston Reid. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.|
|38||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood played to the near post, Effort on goal by Ron Vlaar from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|37||Ron Vlaar takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.|
|36||Guy Demel concedes a free kick for a foul on Andreas Weimann. Direct free kick taken by Charles N'Zogbia.|
|36||Guy Demel sends in a cross, Ron Vlaar gets a block in.|
|34||Matthew Taylor fouled by Jordan Bowery, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emanuel Pogatetz.|
|32||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Nathan Baker. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.|
|32||Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|31||The referee blows for offside against Christian Benteke. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.|
|30||A cross is delivered by Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.|
|29||Close range effort by Mohamed Diame goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|26||The referee gives a free kick against Mark Noble for handball. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.|
|23||Guy Demel is brought on as a substitute for Joey O'Brien.|
|18||Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Noble. James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.|
|17||Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood. Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.|
|16||Headed effort from close range by Christian Benteke goes wide left of the goal.|
|16||Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Emanuel Pogatetz results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.|
|14||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Fabian Delph. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|14||Joe Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|11||Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Nathan Baker results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|9||Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia to the near post, clearance made by Andy Carroll.|
|8||Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance by Matthew Taylor.|
|8||The referee blows for offside against Christian Benteke. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.|
|5||Unfair challenge on Nathan Baker by Kevin Nolan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Baker.|
|4||Andy Carroll produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.|
|4||Foul by Ashley Westwood on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.|
|1||Christian Benteke takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.|