Aston Villa got off to a winning start to their new Premier League campaign as they defeated
Villa dominated over the Hammers throughout the match and West Ham looked out of shape from the beginning. If Martin O’Neil’s shock departure was a blow to Villa then their performance against West Ham United showed they had already overcome it.
West Ham experienced waves of attacks from Aston Villa right from the beginning of the game and the winning margin could have been bigger unless the likes of Richard Dunne, John Carew and James Milner had not squandered off a number of scoring opportunities.
Stewart Downing opened scoring in the 14th minute when Green pushed the ball onto Downing’s way and the winger successfully shot past Green. The lead was doubled through a Stiliyan Petrov strike in the 39th minute and Villa was 2-0 ahead at the half time.
The home side continued their dominance in the second half too with Manchester City-bound James Milner scored 20 minutes into the second half. It was perhaps Milner’s last strike for Villa as City is reportedly closing in on a deal for the
West Ham United created only a few opportunities, but those were not enough to save the match against a surging Villa. No doubt, it was a very tough start for new Hammers boss Avram Grant.