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Aston Villa v West Ham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Aston Villa v West Ham – as it happens from Villa Park

for their last triumph on the road.

Villa will be desperate for three points in their bid to escape the clutches of the bottom three but they will also be keen to avoid a repeat of their clash with the east London side from earlier in the season when Sam Allardyce's side recorded a 1-0 win at Upton Park to start the 2012/13 campaign.

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Half-time: Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

45+2min: Carroll has lacked service so far, despite West Ham winning a number of free-kicks, and his frustration in the first 45 minutes is summed up by one wild left foot swing from 25 yards that flies well off target.

45+1min: There will be four minutes added on.

44min: The first booking of the afternoon goes to West Ham's Emmanuel Pogatetz after the defender chops down Charles N'Zogbia to bring an immediate half to an Aston Villa counter attack.

42min: After a spell of West Ham pressure, Villa are once more looking the more likely to score. But as we approach half-time, all the goalmouth action has taken place inside the first 120 seconds.

39min: I thought it would be West Ham who would be closer to scoring from set-pieces but Villa nearly score from one of their own. A corner to the near post finds Ron Vlaar, whose half-volley on to the greasy surface bounces a yard over the bar.

37min: Terrific defending from Clark. West Ham do well to find Demel in space on the right, and his low cross is destined for an unmarked Joe Cole in the centre before the Villa defender gets a vital touch on the slide to intercept and allow Guzan to gather.

35min: The last five minutes have seen West Ham come back into this game, but despite winning a couple of free-kicks, the Villa defence has coped comfortably with Guzan keen to come off his line to punch clear any aerial bombardment.

32min: Another sign of the threat Carroll possesses as the striker wins a header inside the Villa box from a cross. The striker is off balance though and his effort loops comfortably into Guzan's arms.

30min: A rare charge forward from West Ham, and it comes form a neat passing exchange on the ground too as Matty Taylor releases Mohamed Diame down the left wing into the penalty box.

From there though it very quickly falls apart as the midfielder blasts a low cross into the near post side netting. Huge waste.

27min: Villa are starting to gain more control in this game but every time they get near the West Ham box there are a wall of bodies denying them a shot on goal. The Hammers are struggling to get out of their own half.

24min: With O'Brien's day done, Guy Demel has come on for the Hammers.

23min: This is turning into a war of attrition. Joey O'Brien has limped off the pitch for West Ham while Tomkins takes an accidental boot to the face from Delph after making a superb sliding tackle on the touchline. The West Ham medical team are making sure he still has all of his teeth after that one.

20min: The game has stopped momentarily as Baker receives more attention as blood starts to seep out of his Vaseline covered head following that earlier clash with Carroll.

Meanwhile the home fans as usual applaud in unison in the 19th minute to observe club captain, Stiliyan Petrov's battle against illness.

18min: Good footwork from Fabian Delph sees him dodge a couple of challenges in the West Ham half before he wins a free-kick 35 yards out. The ball is swung towards the back post but Benteke heads the difficult chance wide.

16min: It's been a nervous affair so far. West Ham remain content with a more direct playing style while Villa for all their effort just lack quality trying to pierce the West Ham backline.

13min: From InfostradaLive:

West Ham United have scored three opening goals in their away PL matches this season, together with Wigan, Norwich and Fulham least of all clubs. Villa have scored the opener in four of their home matches this PL season, only QPR (2) have less.

Miss of the season Andreas Weimann reacts after missing a golden opportunity to open the scoring for Villa

Miss of the season Andreas Weimann reacts after missing a golden opportunity to open the scoring for Villa

10min: James Tomkins produces a neat sliding tackle to deny Weimann a chance to cross from inside the box and Villa win their first corner.

It's cleared but shortly after winning a second corner, Nathan Baker and Carroll clash heads trying to head the ball and play has stopped for a minute or two while they receive treatment. Both look like they will be okay to continue once they stop seeing stars.

8min: Villa are showing the more attacking purpose so far but apart from that horror miss from Weimann ( I wonder what Darren Bent made of that on the sub's bench) we haven't seen any more chances.

5min: Otherwise it's a bright start from Villa who have controlled possession, but they do concede a free-kick in the centre-circle and you know what comes next.

West Ham pump a long high ball into the box for Andy Carroll, who wins a flick on and pounces on a loose ball to loop a shot just over Brad Guzan's crossbar.

2min: Miss of the season, there I said it! It's a horrible moment all round as Christian Benteke's low shot towards the near post from 20 yards is ludicrously fumbled by West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, only for Andreas Weimann to somehow place the rebound wide of the post with an open goal staring him in the face.

1min: From OptaJoe:

1 – West Ham have taken one point from the last 21 available on the road, scoring just five in their last nine PL away games. Travels.

Kick-off: Villa get us going.

Greetings: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (left) and his opposite Aston Villa number, Paul Lambert shake hands before kick-off

Greetings: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (left) and his opposite Aston Villa number, Paul Lambert shake hands before kick-off

13.27: Out come the players and speaking of claret and blue there are many empty seats inside Villa Park.

13.24: The players are in the tunnel with Aston Villa standing in claret and blue opposite West Ham…who are also in claret and blue.

The Hammers are in their more blue based away kit but this could hurt my eyes.

13.19: From InfostradaLive:

West Ham have failed to win in their last five PL visits to Villa Park, failing to score on four occasions. Their only victory in the last 14 visits was in January 2006 (2-1) when Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood (penalty) scored. Lee Hendrie netted for Villa.

13.14: We know about Villa's troubles this term but what happened the last time they went down Sadly the team of 1987 share many similarities with Paul Lambert's strugglers from this season as I found out here.

13.09: Gabriel Agbonlahor is ruled out through illness by the way. Still though it says much about Paul Lambert's faith in Darren Bent that he picks a forward who cost 23.4m less in his starting XI over him. At least Villa have some sort of firepower on the bench though.

Team news

Team news

13.06: Full line-ups from Villa Park:

Aston Villa v West Ham
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Weimann, Westwood, Delph, Bowery, N'Zogbia, Benteke. Subs: Given, Bent, Holman, Sylla, Dawkins, Bannan, Bennett.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Pogatetz, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Taylor, Joe Cole, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Jarvis, Carlton Cole, Vaz Te, Demel, Chamakh, O'Neil.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

13.03: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hands a first Barclays Premier League start to striker Jordan Bowery, a 600,000 summer signing from Chesterfield, against West Ham at Villa Park.

Midfielder Fabian Delph, who has recovered from an ankle injury, and left-back Nathan Baker are recalled as Villa looked to end a run of eight league games without a win.

On-loan Wolfsburg defender Emanuel Pogatetz is given a first start by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, with Joe Cole also brought back into the starting line-up.

Main threat: West Ham will rely on their on-loan striker Andy Carroll in attack

Main threat: West Ham will rely on their on-loan striker Andy Carroll in attack

13.00: From OptaJoe:

2 – Aston Villa have scored just two goals in their last seven Premier League matches at Villa Park. Shy.

12.57: If there is one avenue we can see West Ham scoring from today, it is through set-pieces. Judging by Aston Villa's poor record at defending them it seems a West Ham corner + Andy Carroll's headers = goals.

Villa captain Ron Vlaar claims though that he and his teammates are aware of their set-piece struggles and targeting to put things right.

12.54: Sadly of course the big talking point this morning is not about the football but about Paul Gascoigne who has been rushed into intensive care in the USA.

The former England international is said to be out of immediate danger but let's continue to hope Gazza can make a full recovery.

12.51: The Villa Park pitch looks very tidy this afternoon but the less said about the weather, the better. It's wet, cold and overcast in the West Midlands but I guess we shouldn't be too surprised – it is February folks.

12.48: Speaking of Manchester United they will attempt to go a dozen points clear at the top of the table when they take on Everton at 4pm. You can follow live coverage of that match from around 3.30pm with myself straight after the action here at Villa Park.

12.45: Yesterday's results have given Villa a big incentive to take three points today as it would see them climb out of the bottom three into 17th.

West Ham may reside in mid-table but on 30 points they are not quite out of the relegation fight. A win today though and they would be 12 points clear of the bottom three. If a gap like that would be good enough for Manchester United, then I think Sam Allardyce's team would be content too.

Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Pogatetz, Noble, Diame, Nolan, J.Cole, Taylor, Carroll.

12.35: Aston Villa starting XI:

Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Westwood, Delph, N’Zogbia, Bowery, Weimann, Benteke.

12.30: Apart from Manchester United (and we will get to them in a minute) one of the big winners from yesterday were Aston Villa, who saw the majority of their rivals battling relegation fail to pick up any points.

That's not quite job done for Paul Lambert's side this weekend though. Sitting one place off the bottom of the table they need to start winning points of their own. Today they host West Ham – a side suspect on their travels this term. Team news coming up.

Sunday's opener: Aston Villa will hope to ease relegation fears when they host West Ham at Villa Park

Sunday's opener: Aston Villa will hope to ease relegation fears when they host West Ham at Villa Park

Darren Bent injury: Aston Villa striker to miss Christmas fixtures

Another blow for Bent as injured Villa striker is ruled out over Christmas

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UPDATED:

10:37 GMT, 14 December 2012

Darren Bent will miss Aston Villa's Premier League programme over Christmas.

The =striker has received the results from a scan and manager Paul Lambert has revealed that Bent is likely to be absent for up to four weeks.

Bent started Tuesday night's Capital One Cup victory over Norwich City but was taken off in the first-half.

Missing man: Darren bent has been ruled out with injury over the Christmas period

Missing man: Darren bent has been ruled out with injury over the Christmas period

Villa sent the forward for tests on Thursday and Lambert confirmed the prognosis ahead of tomorrow's trip to Liverpool.

'He went for a scan on Wednesday and he has got a problem with his hamstring which will keep him out for a few weeks,' said Villa boss Lambert.

'Is he out of the Christmas games Yes, probably, the way it is looking.

'I think a few weeks. Maybe four weeks, I'd say, before we see him back.'

Bent will miss the clash at Anfield along with Enda Stevens, Ron Vlaar and Richard Dunne.

Stephen Ireland was also absent from training earlier this week but returned on Thursday and should be fit to be included in the squad.

Ashley Young "in danger of turning into a one-trick pony" Cascarino

Ashley Young 'in danger of turning into a one-trick pony'

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UPDATED:

10:40 GMT, 12 November 2012

Ashley Young was booed by the Aston Villa fans who once loved him and then 'hooked' at half time by Sir Alex Ferguson.

It wasn't the best return to Villa Park for the 17million forward, who has been struggling to recapture his dazzling early-United form.

And now Young has been heavily
criticised by ex-Villa and former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino, who
scored 11 goals in 46 league games for the club.

Young tangles with Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar

Young tangles with Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar

In fact, it was only when Young came off and Javier Hernandez came on did United step into top gear to win 3-2.

Sub Hernandez scored a hat-trick as United increased their lead at the top of the table.

Writing in his column in the The Times newspaper, Cascarino says: 'Ashley Young is in danger of becoming a one-trick pony.

Young's replacement Javier Hernandez is congratulated by Antonio Valencia

Young's replacement Javier Hernandez is congratulated by Antonio Valencia

'He is a full international, signed for a lot of money. He needs to a do a lot mroe than cut inside and lay the ball off.'

Young has been involved in five United games this season, but hasn't scored yet.

Cascarino signs for Villa from Millwall in 1990

Cascarino signs for Villa from Millwall in 1990 and is joined by manager Graham Taylor (left) and chairman 'Deadly' Doug Ellis (right)

Villa's then record signing Cascarino goes for goal against Norwich in 1991

Villa's then record signing Cascarino goes for goal against Norwich in 1991

Sir Alex Ferguson praises Manchester United after their comeback

Ferguson delighted with comeback after his side come back from the dead against Villa

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UPDATED:

21:27 GMT, 10 November 2012

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the fighting qualities of his side as super-sub Javier Hernandez inspired them to a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Aston Villa.

Two goals from Villa striker Andreas Weimann put the home side in control early in the second period.

But Hernandez, a half-time replacement for Ashley Young, scored twice and saw his shot deflect off Villa skipper Ron Vlaar for the other United goal.

Grinning again: Sir Alex Ferguson has presided over many late comebacks

Grinning again: Sir Alex Ferguson has presided over many late comebacks

Victory stretched the Red Devils' advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League to four points over Chelsea, who entertain Liverpool tomorrow.

The only downside for United was an ankle knock suffered by Wayne Rooney which could place a question mark over him being fit for England's friendly with Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Ferguson said: 'It reminded us of a cup game here a few years ago when we were 2-0 down. I think Van Nistelrooy scored a couple and we won 3-2.

'We were disappointed with the first-half performance, it has to be said.

'You had to give credit to Aston Villa, they never gave us a minute's peace on the ball.

'When they got the second goal we were up against it, but once we scored our first goal, you always felt they were going to do it.'

Hernandez has now netted seven times in the last five games.

Ferguson said: 'I've been saying it for weeks, that he's such a great professional.

'He doesn't complain. We do prefer that one striker with one playing behind.

'It didn't work today in the first half but when Javier came on and Robin dropped a bit deeper, and Wayne went out to the left-hand side, you had a feeling that if we got a goal we would go on and win it.'

Ferguson added: 'The tenacity of our performance in the second half was really brilliant.

Pay off: Ferguson brought on Javier Hernandez, who did the damage

Pay off: Ferguson brought on Javier Hernandez, who did the damage

'I think the evidence of the second half
is we never give in. We can come from behind against anyone as we've
done eight times this season, and that is encouraging in that respect.

'Anyone who plays against us knows they have to play to the 95th minute.'

As regards Rooney's second-half ankle setback, Ferguson said: 'He's got an ankle knock and he has ice on it. We'll see how he is tomorrow.'

Villa boss Paul Lambert had nothing but praise for his side despite United's fine comeback.

Lambert said: 'I am proud. I thought they were outstanding. I couldn't ask for any more. But that's why Manchester United are a top side. They do it week in, week out.

'I am really proud with what they have given me. I think we have been playing well for a couple of weeks, and hopefully the confidence will be there in abundance after that.

'The Premier League is really tough. They are a young side but they are playing really well at the minute.

Unluck: Paul Lambert (left) is not angry with his players

Unluck: Paul Lambert (left) is not angry with his players

'They kept on going. I couldn't fault them for the way the lads played and kept going. The crowd are your gauge. I am absolutely gutted to lose because they gave me everything they had.'

Lambert praised the finishing power of Weimann, whose two goals had put Villa in command before the United revival.

He said: 'One thing Andreas is that he's a natural finisher. He's a young lad. He seems to have been around for years. The future is very good.

'The front three are a handful. They are three young lads, but it bodes well for the future.'

Javier Hernandez claims Ron Vlaar own goal as part of his hat-trick

I scored a hat-trick! Hernandez claims Vlaar own goal as his own after super-sub display

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UPDATED:

20:40 GMT, 10 November 2012

Javier Hernandez claims he scored all three of Manchester United's goals as they came back from two down to win 3-2 against Aston Villa.

Youngster Andreas Weimann scored twice but half-time substitute Hernandez dominated the game after entering the fray.

The striker bagged United's first goal, then saw his shot take a huge deflection off Villa skipper Ron Vlaar for the equaliser, before heading home the late winner.

Mine! Javier Hernandez claimed the match ball after his superb performance - but did he score three goals

Mine! Javier Hernandez claimed the match ball after his superb performance – but did he score three goals

The Mexican, who scooped up the match ball at the end, said of the second goal: 'Of course (I will claim the hat-trick). I think I hit the target and the defender touched the ball.

'That's the decision of the referee but I've just seen the replay and that was definitely hitting the target.'

The result sees United stretch their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to four points, and Hernandez admits that is more important than arguing over whether he hit a hat-trick.

He added on Sky Sports 2: 'It doesn't matter who scored the goals.

'The most important thing is who is top of the league and that we came back from two goals down to win.'

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was unsurprisingly delighted with the way his side fought back during the second half.

'It was a magnificent result and a magnificent game,' he said.

'Villa did fantastic today, they ran their socks off. We have to feel for them but we never gave in.

'We hit the bar twice but it was after the second goal we came alive, and it was a fantastic game.

'I was disappointed to go behind like that, but I started to think about (how) if we got a goal we would have a chance, and we did.

'We did put pressure on ourselves today but we came through it. The lesson is we need to do better defensively.

Own goal: Hernandez's 'second' took a big deflection off of Ron Vlaar

Own goal: Hernandez's 'second' took a big deflection off of Ron Vlaar

'I admire the tenacity of the performance, though. When they need to do it, they do it.'

Defeat leaves Villa just one place above the bottom three and with two wins to their name this season.

But manager Paul Lambert refused to lay the blame with his players, despite them letting slip a two-goal advantage today.

'We gave it absolutely everything, we were brilliant,' he said on Sky Sports 2.

'I can't fault the team. We've got lots of young lads in the team and they were great. I can't ask for any more from them.'

Contortionist: Hernandez flings himself at the ball to head in No 3

Contortionist: Hernandez flings himself at the ball to head in No 3

Nottingham Forest 3 Aston Villa 1: Paul Lambert stunned by Lewis McGugan double

Nottingham Forest 3 Aston Villa 1: Lambert stunned by McGugan double

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 4 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Championship side Nottingham Forest recorded a 3-1 win over top tier club Aston Villa at the City Ground.

After a goalless first half, Lewis
McGugan netted from the edge of the area after 71 minutes to put the
home side in front before captain for the day Barry Bannan equalised for
Paul Lambert's Villa with a free-kick two minutes later.

Handy Andy: Forest's Reid takes on Karim El Ahmadi

Handy Andy: Forest's Reid takes on Karim El Ahmadi

Marcus Tudgay was on target after 77 minutes to put Forest back in front before McGugan rounded off the scoring with five minutes left.

Heads up: Ishmael Miller (right) of Nottingham Forest challenges Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa

Heads up: Ishmael Miller (right) of Nottingham Forest challenges Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa

Nottingham Forest 3 Aston Villa 1: Lambert stunned by McGugan double

Nottingham Forest 3 Aston Villa 1: Lambert stunned by McGugan double

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 4 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Championship side Nottingham Forest recorded a 3-1 win over top tier club Aston Villa at the City Ground.

After a goalless first half, Lewis
McGugan netted from the edge of the area after 71 minutes to put the
home side in front before captain for the day Barry Bannan equalised for
Paul Lambert's Villa with a free-kick two minutes later.

Handy Andy: Forest's Reid takes on Karim El Ahmadi

Handy Andy: Forest's Reid takes on Karim El Ahmadi

Marcus Tudgay was on target after 77 minutes to put Forest back in front before McGugan rounded off the scoring with five minutes left.

Heads up: Ishmael Miller (right) of Nottingham Forest challenges Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa

Heads up: Ishmael Miller (right) of Nottingham Forest challenges Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa

Ron Vlaar admits Aston Villa move is off

It's off! Vlaar slams Villa as Dutch defender's 3m switch is on brink of collapse

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UPDATED:

12:05 GMT, 23 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Aston Villa have been warned they have a week to complete a deal to sign Feyenoord's Ron Vlaar – but the defender believes there is now 'zero chance' of moving to Villa Park.

Frustrated: Dutch defender Ron Vlaar

Frustrated: Dutch defender Ron Vlaar

The 27-year-old Holland international looked set to seal a 3million switch last weekend after talks with Villa boss Paul Lambert.

However, he has grown increasingly tired of protracted talks, insisting the transfer is now off.

'The chance that I will now sign for Aston Villa is almost zero,' he said.

'I don’t like to be messed about. You can write down that this transfer is now off.'

Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman is happy for the player to stay after warning Villa that they will pull the plug.

Deadline: New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been given a week to complete the deal

Deadline: New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been given a week to complete the deal

'They know what Ron costs, and yet a week later there has still been no contact,' said Koeman.

'He wants clarity. It should be decided around this weekend or else he remains at Feyenoord.'