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West Ham 0 - Aston Villa 1

Premier League

Upton Park

20/12/08 - 5.30pm

Attendance: 31,353

Referee: M Halsey

West Ham
0 - 1
Aston Villa
 
Neill (78 OG)
 
Venue: Upton Park
 
Attendance: 31,353
The Teams
Green
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Neill
 
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
58
Davenport
 
 
 
Davies
 
 
Upson
 
 
 
Laursen
 
 
Ilunga
 
 
 
L. Young
 
 
Collison
 
 
84
 
Petrov
 
 
Noble
 
 
 
Milner
 
 
Parker
 
 
46
 
Sidwell
 
 
Behrami
 
 
57
 
Barry
 
 
Bellamy
 
 
 
A. Young
 
 
Cole
 
 
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
Substitutes
Faubert
 
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
58
Lastuvka
 
 
 
Harewood
 
 
Tristan
 
 
84
 
Shorey
 
 
Boa Morte
 
 
 
Delfouneso
 
 
Mullins
 
 
46
 
Gardner
 
 
Bowyer
 
 
57
 
Guzan
 
 
Di Michele
 
 
 
Knight
 
 
Game Statistics
17
Goal Attempts
10
13
On Target
4
17
Crosses
16
7
Corners
6
1
Offside
0
7
Fouls
10
2
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
58
%
42
Comments...
A very lucky 3 points tonight. Not sure it will quell the Hamburg disappointment.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 20 2008

Time: 7:33PM

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"A very lucky 3 points tonight. Not sure it will quell the Hamburg disappointment." Erm... 3 points are 3 points. Lucky or unlucky I don't care. I also don't care about Hamburg. WE ARE THIRD AT CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! If that doesn't "quell" your "Hamburg disappointment" then someone needs to review their priorities.
Adam Deuce
Hamburg and tonight were completely different - Hamburg was the perfect opportunity to rest many first-teamers and MON was right to do it (sorry for the fans that travelled though), and today was fantastic - its great to pick up all 3 points when we dont play well. Surely the sign of champions?? :D
romanianvillain
Consider it quelled Vital Villan, think it was chalk and cheese. Guzan possibly back to his best? Great saves. Thought that was a great win, we did ride our luck but we deserve a bit of luck here and there. Delighted!
The Fear
Guzan?
Villan Of The North
Ugly,yes, but.. 3 points . Villa are playing like champions :D
Poncho
I predicted 3rd spot after the man city game and i still believe we will do it,Liverpool will slip and slip and we will do them as well,UP THE VILLA!!!O`NEILL IS GOD.MERRY XMAS
lerneravfc
Bolton mucked it up and couldn't deal with long balls down the flanks for G & A to chase, but others do cope with it. It was our only game plan again and we need to have a better mix of ways of playing, or our luck will not hold. Controlled domination of the midfield plus a fit or new front man to hold the ball up AND our exciting speed down the flanks is too much to ask - but I hope that MON is going to deliver some way towards it in the January sales please. Of course after a longstanding winless return to have all of a sudden rattled off 3 wins in the capital this season is great.
stennyvilla
3 points and Ash didn't get booked. One more yellow and he would have missed the Arse game on Boxing Day I think.
DoLpHiNaToR
Sorry to rain on the villa 3rd at crimbo party but think. Ten years ago we were top at this time and fell apart. I will not let myself think of european football next season untill this season is over.
Tallaght Villan
Wow that was a lucky 3 points - had they had Ashton up there instead of Cole we would have got beaten!! Reinforces the need for more options in January - but my McGrath - we are 3rd!!!! I understand what you are saying Tallaght Villan but the Premiership is much harder this year. Being in the top4 means we are a more attractive proposition in the window. Lets hope the Baggies beat Man City tomorrow and keep them in bottom 3 so we can have the pick of the bunch of players available in Jan - ridiculous fees and wages or not!!
deano.avfc
Dodgy today but Im so glad we got the 3 points. We are so much better than we played which means things can only get better. I think additions to the squad in jan are vital for us to keep it up. Another solid full back and attacking midfielder/playmaker and striker or 2 are a must i think
medzy
when's the last time we won 3 premier league games in a row?
los_angeles_villan
especially 3 road games in a row?
los_angeles_villan
DoLpHiNaToR as far as I can see Young is already on 5 yellows, so not sure if the disciplinary rules have changed or what?!?
The Fear
No, I think that Young only has four premiership yellows, at least that was the opinion floating around at West Ham. Oh well, another three more valuable points, despite being somewhat below par. Cant really knock that.
glensider
Its about time though that we started enjoying a bit of luck, getting the run of the ball, getting the occasional break or two. Theres times that we are going to play well, yet get turned over. Lets make no apologies for this performance/result.
glensider
 

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