West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa (02.02.2016) Live Commentary

90+3′
We have been watching a lacklustre game with only a few moments to stir the crowds. The players surely have higher capabilities, they just needed to motivate themselves to a better performance. West Ham were better today with masterful control and movement. The tactic of the home side was slow build-up play. The away team’s main priority was a flawless defence.
90+3′
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
90+3′
Cheikhou Kouyate comes off the pitch to be replaced by Pedro Obiang (West Ham).
90+2′
Nikica Jelavic (West Ham) tries his luck with a shot from long distance after receiving a good pass. His poorly placed effort flies miles wide of the right post.
90+2′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) is all over the pitch today. He is full of energy, asking for the ball and his ability to control the game and to be on the ball is simply fantastic. Every manager wants to have a playmaker like him.
90′
We will have 3 min. of added time.
89′
Slaven Bilic has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Nikica Jelavic (West Ham) replacing Michail Antonio.
88′
Victor Moses (West Ham) makes a yard for himself inside the box after an accurate pass and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post.
88′
West Ham are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly.
86′
Slaven Bilic has decided to make a change. Victor Moses (West Ham) replaces Enner Valencia.
85′
Goal – 2:0! Enner Valencia (West Ham) tees up Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) inside the box and he slams the ball into the roof of the net and past Mark Bunn (Aston Villa).
85′
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
84′
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition’s defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Aston Villa will take it.
84′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) latches on to a precise defence-splitting pass and fires a nice strike from a promising distance. Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) has a clear vision and thwarts his effort, aimed under the crossbar, with a comfortable save.
83′
A spell of possession for West Ham in an attempt to control the game.
81′
Alex Song (West Ham) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
80′
Substitution. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) in, Gabriel Agbonlahor out.
79′
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) has an effort from distance but it is blocked.
78′
Mark Noble (West Ham) released a superb first-time shot from the edge of the box. His effort flies narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and Aston Villa will have a goal kick.
77′
The attendance is 34914.
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Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) latches on to a precise cross on the edge of the box and strikes the ball goalwards. However, it only whistles wide of the right post so the goalkeeper can remain calm. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
75′
Some neat passing and movement from West Ham as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
73′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
71′
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) replaces Carles Gil.
70′
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) is unable to feed a through ball into the path of his teammates. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
70′
The statistics of total shots for both teams – 25:6.
70′
Referee Jonathan Moss sees tripping by Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle. West Ham have a free kick.
69′
Mark Noble (West Ham) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Jonathan Moss doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
67′
Today’s referee Jonathan Moss rightly decides to book James Collins (West Ham) for his harsh tackle.
65′
Winston Reid (West Ham) connects with the corner kick around the penalty spot, but he steers his header just wide of the right post.
65′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) is heading toward the corner flag to execute the set piece.
64′
Alex Song (West Ham) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. Good work from West Ham as they win a corner.
63′
Alex Song (West Ham) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort, which sails miles wide of the right post.
62′
James Tomkins (West Ham) gets the ball from a rebound and fires from long range towards the net, sending the ball high over the crossbar. The goalkeeper doesn’t have to worry about this one. Very poor attempt.
62′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
61′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety. The ball is out-of-play and West Ham manage to earn a corner.
61′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) is caught offside!
58′
Goal! Mark Noble (West Ham) sends a precise lofted cross into the box. Michail Antonio (West Ham) finds himself some space near the penalty spot and heads it in off the left post. The score is 1:0.
57′
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
56′
Well played offside trap. Enner Valencia (West Ham) is flagged for offside and his attacking effort is stopped.
55′
The game is interrupted as Dimitri Payet (West Ham) is flagged for offside.
54′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) produces a mid-range free kick and his effort crashes against the left post. That was an excellent shot, but unfortunately for him, it didn’t end up inside the back of the net.
53′
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle, Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) is penalised for a foul. West Ham have been awarded a free kick.
51′
Mark Noble (West Ham) won himself some space after the corner kick was taken and tries his luck with a shot from the edge of the box. His effort is directed towards the right post, but the goalkeeper is alert to make a save.
51′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) will take a corner kick.
50′
After a nice cross inside the box, James Collins (West Ham) plants a goal-bound header, sending the ball low towards the middle of the target, but one of the defenders makes a move to deflect it away. West Ham win a corner.
50′
This corner is not going into the box. Dimitri Payet (West Ham) decides to take it with a short pass.
50′
James Tomkins (West Ham) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. West Ham forced their opponent to concede a corner.
48′
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Jonathan Moss to the guilty Alex Song (West Ham).
48′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his strike isn’t accurate at all and the ball goes well wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
47′
James Tomkins (West Ham) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. The ball is behind the sideline and West Ham will take a throw-in.
46′
The whistle blows and Jonathan Moss starts the second half.
45+2′
It wasn’t the most inspiring 45 minutes that you’ll see this week. Let’s hope that the second period will be more exciting. The home team were controlling the game most of the first half. The home side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. The away team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks.
45+2′
The match has reached half-time.
45+1′
Jonathan Moss calls for a foul. Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. A free kick has been awarded to Aston Villa.
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There will be a minimum of 1 min. of added time.
45′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) struck with a long-range free kick. His attempt flew only wide of the left post. The goalkeeper was lucky at this moment. The ball goes out-of-play and Aston Villa will have a goal kick.
44′
Rough tackle by Jores Okore (Aston Villa). The referee blows his whistle for a foul. West Ham are given a free kick. Will they create a chance from this?
42′
James Tomkins (West Ham) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
40′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Ham.
38′
A clumsy foul by Mark Noble (West Ham) and Jonathan Moss blows the whistle.
37′
Unbelievable miss! James Tomkins (West Ham) reacts superbly to latch on a rebound, but he blazes the ball high over the crossbar!
36′
James Collins (West Ham) receives a pass and tries his luck with a long-range powerful effort. His poorly placed shot lacks accuracy and flies way over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
35′
Alex Song (West Ham) sends a long crossfield pass, searching for one of his teammates, but his effort comes to nothing as they lose possession. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for West Ham.
34′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) receives a reproachful look from Alex Song (West Ham). He latches on to his pass, but the effort from the edge of the box sails well wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
32′
A rebounded ball lands on the feet of Alex Song (West Ham) who unleashes a shot from long range towards the goal. However, his effort is poor and it flies well wide of the right post.
31′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) is inside the box in a promising position to head home! What a chance out there! His poor header flies into the stands. What an unlucky header.
31′
West Ham seeing far more of the ball now.
30′
The resulting corner comes to nothing as Dimitri Payet (West Ham) sends it out of the pitch. The ball goes out-of-play and Aston Villa will have a goal kick.
30′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, West Ham are going to take it.
27′
Mark Noble (West Ham) is penalised for holding. Jonathan Moss signals for a set piece. Aston Villa earn a free kick.
26′
James Tomkins (West Ham) sends a crossfield pass, but there is nobody to take up the ball and finish.
25′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the middle of the target, but Mark Bunn was alert and didn’t let the score change.
24′
Michail Antonio (West Ham) missed a great opportunity! He finds himself some space near the penalty spot and plants a header goalwards which lacks the power and accuracy. The ball goes far wide of the right post!
22′
Enner Valencia (West Ham) with a slide tackle, but referee Jonathan Moss calls for a foul. Free kick. Aston Villa will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
19′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) found some space to dink a cross from the side into the box, but it would have to be more precise to threaten the opponent. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
17′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) can have an early bath after being sent off by the referee for a tackle that simply has no place in football!
16′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
15′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) attempts to whip in a crossfield pass, the defence does well to intercept the ball. The ball goes out-of-play. Aston Villa have been awarded a corner kick.
15′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
15′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared. Aston Villa get a corner.
14′
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) brings his opponent down. Jonathan Moss has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Aston Villa.
13′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. It’s a throw-in for Aston Villa.
11′
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
10′
An unsuccessful long-range effort by Carles Gil (Aston Villa) after he collected a pass and unleashed a daisy-cutter. The ball was directed into the middle of the net, and the goalkeeper made an easy save.
9′
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
7′
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
5′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) swings in a cross from the corner, but Adrian (West Ham) reads it well and gathers the ball.
4′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts. Corner kick. Aston Villa will have an opportunity.
4′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked. Aston Villa have a corner.
3′
Jonathan Moss interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Jores Okore (Aston Villa). West Ham will take a free kick nearby the side line.
2′
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
1′
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) manages to dispossess his opponent of the ball, but he commits a foul in the process and the referee blows the whistle. West Ham get a free kick.
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The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Aston Villa will have the kick-off.
Jonathan Moss got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not to do any mistake.
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