Saturday, February 03, 2007

Aston Villa 1 West Ham 0

From West Ham's first half display it is difficult to imagine them playing in the Premiership next season. They looked inept in possession and could hardly muster an attack.

The only positive from the half was that they looked reasonable in defence whilst Upson was on the pitch. In the first half hour Villa were forced into only long range shots. Their best chance falling to Young, in the 13th minute, just inside the area, forcing a good save from Carroll.

Then on the half hour mark Upson jumped for a header out near the touchline and fell awkwardly. The result was him having to be substituted for Dailly. After that it only seemed like a matter of time until Villa scored. In the end it only took five minutes as Carew was put through and shot from just outside the area beating a poorly positioned Carroll.

Despite it seeming impossible West Ham then began playing even worse, it was almost as if as a team they had decided they weren't helping Villa enough so decided to actually start passing the ball to them.

West Ham showed a little bit more bite in the second half but never really looked like scoring until the last five minutes. In the 88th minute Etherington shot from five yards and Sorenson did well to palm it over. From the resulting corner the ball fell to Davenport but his five yard shot was saved again by Sorenson. Then a minute later Etherington had a three yard header deflected up onto the underside of the crossbar. But it was too little too late for West Ham and with Wigan winning it looks like this is the game that has sealed our relegation.

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