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Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United: Villa now 17 games without a win

  • Ayew equalizes from the spot
  • Hammers took lead through Cresswell
  • Villa now winless in 17 games

Aston Villa drew 1-1 against West Ham United on Boxing Day with the Villans now 17 games without victory in the Premier League.

West Ham took the lead through Aaron Cresswell’s shot right before half time, but a penalty from Jordan Ayew made it 1-1 and Villa pushed hard for the win.

With the point Villa remain bottom of the table and are now nine points from safety. West Ham are winless in seven and are on 26 points.

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An even first half played out at Villa Park with the home side going close through Carles Gil just before the interval as he fired a shot wide of Adrian’s right-hand post.

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Right on half time the Hammers went ahead with Cresswell firing a low shot into the far corner with his wand of a left foot. 1-0 to West Ham and Remi Garde, once again, had that sinking feeling on the sidelines.

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In the second half Villa, predictably, threw the kitchen sink at West Ham and they were handed a lifeline when Angelo Ogbonna bundled over Rudy Gestede in the box to give away a penalty.

Ayew stepped up and placed the penalty high into the top corner as the Holte End celebrated and tried to roar their team onto victory. Alan Hutton went extremely close to delivering the win as he headed towards goal at the back post but Adrian acrobatically kicked the ball away to keep the scores level.

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In stoppage time USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan was forced into a fine stop down low as Enner Valencia’s free kick was heading into the bottom corner but Villa held on for a point, which, in reality, does little to ease their relegation fears.

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