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Played
February 10, 2013 8:30 AM EST
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 30503‎
 
74′ (PG) C. Benteke
Ashley Westwood 88′ (OG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham

Charles N'Zogbia was the match-winner for Villa, producing an excellent display which guided the side to its first win in nine games against a disappointing West Ham

By Nicholas McGee

  • Bradley Guzan
    8
    0
    3.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Showed good composure to bravely handle almost every cross the West Ham attack presented him with and made a number of crucial saves to keep Villa ahead late on.

  • Ron Vlaar
    3
    0
    3.00

    Ron Vlaar

    Dealt well with aerial challenge posed by Carroll and went close to netting the opener, shooting just over the bar from a corner.

  • Ciaran Clark
    7
    1
    3.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Made a vital interception to deny Nolan from prodding West Ham into the lead late in the first half, and was there again to clear off the line from a Diame pull-back early in the second.

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Baker

    Spilled blood for the cause, clashing heads with Carroll in the first half, and did well to nullify any threat from West Ham down the right flank.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    2
    2.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Struggled to handle Diame when he occasionally burst down the left-hand side, and offered little as an attacking presence.

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    13
    0
    4.00

    Charles N'Zogbia Top of the Match

    Showed plenty of pace in the midfield and his trickery eventually told as he won the crucial penalty that gave Villa the lead before curling home a wonderful free kick that sealed the points for the hosts.

  • Ashley Westwood
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood

    2.0 - Westwood was efficient in possession and worked well with Delph and Bowery in the middle of the park for much of the contest, however his overriding contribution came in the form of a late own goal, which put his side under unnecessary pressure in the closing stages.

  • Fabian Delph
    1
    1
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

    Energetic in midfield, Delph's quick feet and vision enabled Villa to control proceedings for much of the contest.

  • C. Benteke
    9
    1
    3.50

    C. Benteke

    His shot forced the chance that Weimann somehow managed to miss. The Belgian received his reward for a tireless display when he slotted home a second-half penalty.

  • Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
    0
    2
    3.00

    Jordan Nathaniel Bowery

    Battled well in the middle of the park, winning plenty of challenges. The youngster was prepared to venture forward and made a vital defensive header in the second period.

  • Andreas Weimann
    1
    3
    2.50

    Andreas Weimann

    Spectacularly managed to miss an open goal in the opening minutes, but his pace and drive going forward provided Villa with plenty of impetus until his substitution.

Substitutions

  • Yacouba Sylla
    0
    0
    2.50

    Yacouba Sylla

    Brought on as a late substitute for N'Zogbia and had little time to make an impression.

  • Darren Bent
    3
    1
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    Thrown into the fray early in the second half and made a telling contribution, clearing a Carroll effort off the line.

  • Simon Dawkins
    0
    0
    3.00

    Simon Dawkins

    Demonstrated plenty of speed from midfield and had a claim for a penalty turned down late in the game.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Spilled an effort from Benteke in the opening stages which almost led to a goal, but had very little to do after that.

  • Winston Reid
    1
    0
    3.00

    Winston Reid

    Confident and composed in defence, the New Zealand international produced a solid display and dealt with everything that was thrown at him.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Tomkins

    Much like O'Brien, Tomkins made a number of full-blooded challenges to preserve his team's clean sheet in the first half.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    0
    2.50

    Joey O'Brien

    Produced an excellent tackle to deny Weimann from pulling back for Benteke in the first 10 minutes, and committed himself to some tough challenges before coming off through injury in the first half.

  • Emanuel Pogatetz
    0
    0
    3.00

    Emanuel Pogatetz

    Rarely tested defensively, the Austrian enjoyed a comfortable afternoon and was able to contribute in attack whenever possible.

  • Kevin Nolan
    1
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Nolan

    Competed very well in midfield and almost drew West Ham level with a shot that was well saved by Guzan.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Taylor

    Did not provide much creativity from wide areas before eventually being withdrawn from the action midway through the second half.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    4
    1.50

    Mark Noble Flop of the Match

    Retained possession well but failed to produce anything of any quality from an attacking standpoint and it was his foul that drew the vital penalty from which Villa took the lead.

  • Mohamed Diame
    3
    1
    3.50

    Mohamed Diame

    His natural physical presence and strength on the ball gave West Ham some drive from midfield. The Senegalese was a constant nuisance down the right flank and the Hammers' most impressive player.

  • Joe Cole
    4
    0
    3.00

    Joe Cole

    Cut an increasingly isolated figure due to West Ham's aerial approach in the first half, but had much more influence in the second period, producing the cross that led to the Hammers' goal.

  • Andy Carroll
    4
    1
    3.00

    Andy Carroll

    Won almost everything in the air and was unfortunate not to score when his close-range effort was cleared off the line by Bent..

Substitutions

  • Guy Demel
    1
    0
    3.00

    Guy Demel

    Came on for the injured O'Brien and performed admirably, providing the visitors with much more of a threat down the right-hand side.

  • Carlton Cole
    2
    0
    2.50

    Carlton Cole

    Brought on to try and increase the visitors' attacking threat but did not have much of an impact.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    Went close with a far-post header after coming on as a second-half substitute.

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