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Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham: Arthur Masuaku sent off as visitors earn point

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Arthur Masuaku
Arthur Masuaku was shown a yellow card in each half

Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone by drawing against a West Ham side who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku's red card.

Masuaku was dismissed with 23 minutes left after picking up two bookings.

Before that, the game's major talking point saw Anwar El Ghazi clash heads with Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings, although no action was taken.

Villa's John McGinn had plenty of the game's better chances, forcing Lukasz Fabianski into two saves.

Both sides had frantic attacks late on, with penalty shouts at both ends, but neither could find the decisive touch.

Collisions and red card the name of the game

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham: We didn't use extra man - Smith

There were plenty of big hits and tackles, more so than major goalscoring opportunities.

The major incident in the first half involved two Villa players - Mings was furious with El Ghazi's lack of defensive help and started shouting in his face.

At that moment, Netherlands winger El Ghazi nudged his head into Mings' face. He could have been sent off, but referee Mike Dean and the video assistant referee decided the contact was not sufficient to produce a red card.

Elsewhere, the physios were busy, as Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski flattened El Ghazi as he punched a cross clear, and McGinn hurt himself after tackling Sebastien Haller when Angelo Ogbonna accidentally stood on him.

There were five yellow cards in the game, and two of them landed to Masuaku - one in each half. The first was more straightforward, with a heavy challenge on Frederic Guilbert, who needed treatment.

But the second tackle to produce the red card - Dean's 102nd as a Premier League official - was a tackle on substitute Ahmed Elmohamady, who went down easily.

BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton was in no doubt that it was the right decision, calling the tackle "reckless and brainless".

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini disagreed with the decision to send off his left-back. "It was a typical sending off when you play away, with the pressure of the fans in every foul," he told BBC Sport.

Villa captain Jack Grealish said his side "got worse when they went down to 10 men", adding: "We tried to rush things and force things and gave the ball away."

His manager Dean Smith agreed, saying: "I thought 11 v 11 we were really good and created the best chances. I expected a little better of us when they went down to 10.

"We never used that extra man and got rushed on the ball rather than keeping our structure."

Both sides miss decisive touch

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham: Pellegrini 'very happy' despite Masuaku red card

Both sides had grand plans for a win - Villa had the opportunity to move two points clear of the bottom three, while West Ham could have gone third in the table.

The visitors had more chances, but Villa had the better ones.

The best opening probably fell to Villa striker Wesley, who headed wide from about six yards out after a fine Grealish cross.

McGinn was his usual classy self and went close with several shots from outside the box.

"We were brilliant defensively, with our second clean sheet in row at Villa Park," said Grealish. "We need to be deadlier in front of goal. As soon as we are, everything will click into place."

West Ham's much-hyped attacking quartet of Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson struggled to create many opportunities.

Mark Noble's seventh-minute snap shot, which was straight at goalkeeper Tom Heaton, proved to be their only shot on target.

"We played with 10 men exactly the same as 11," said Hammers boss Pellegrini. "I'm very happy with the personality and performance. If you cannot win, don't lose it.

"We did a complete game. I want to see in every game the attitude we saw tonight. I'm happy with the way we're improving."

Villa move out of the bottom three on goal difference, while West Ham are eighth.

Man of the match - Issa Diop (West Ham)

Issa Diop (centre)
Villa's John McGinn was the best player in the first half but West Ham defender Issa Diop (centre) stepped up to the plate when his side went down to 10 men

Match stats - Villa's second worst start

  • Only in 1997-98 did Aston Villa accrue fewer points after the opening five games of a Premier League campaign (three) than they have managed this season (four).
  • West Ham have suffered just one defeat in their past nine top-flight games (W5 D3), after losing five of the seven before that.
  • Eight of the 41 Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and West Ham have ended goalless, the highest proportion (19.5%) of any fixture in the competition that's been played 30-plus times.
  • Since their return to the Premier League in 2012-13, West Ham have picked up 22 red cards in the competition (level with Arsenal), with only Newcastle managing more during this period (26).
  • Mike Dean racked up his 102nd red card in the Premier League, 35 more than any other referee has awarded in the competition (Phil Dowd is next on 67).
  • Since the start of last season, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has been fouled 179 times in league football (including play-offs), 49 more than any other player in the top four tiers.

What's next?

Both sides play 'big six' teams on Sunday. West Ham are at home to Manchester United (14:00 BST), while Villa go to Arsenal (16:30).


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Heaton
  • 24GuilbertSubstituted forDavisat 85'minutes
  • 22Engels
  • 40MingsBooked at 77mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McGinn
  • 11NakambaSubstituted forDouglas Luizat 81'minutes
  • 10GrealishBooked at 28mins
  • 23JotaSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 66'minutes
  • 9Wesley
  • 21El Ghazi


  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 8Lansbury
  • 12Steer
  • 14Hourihane
  • 15Konsa
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 39Davis

West Ham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24Fredericks
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 26MasuakuBooked at 67mins
  • 41Rice
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forFornalsat 62'minutes
  • 16NobleBooked at 29minsSubstituted forBalbuenaat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Lanzini
  • 8Felipe AndersonSubstituted forZabaletaat 69'minutes
  • 22Haller


  • 4Balbuena
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 13Jiménez
  • 18Fornals
  • 19Wilshere
  • 27Ajeti
Mike Dean

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamWest Ham
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 0, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi with a cross following a corner.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Fabián Balbuena replaces Mark Noble.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wesley (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Douglas Luiz with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Fornals.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Frederic Guilbert.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Frederic Guilbert (Aston Villa).

  13. Post update

    Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Douglas Luiz replaces Marvelous Nakamba.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan Rice.

  18. Post update

    Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sébastien Haller following a set piece situation.


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