Aston Villa v West Ham Full Highlights Video, Match Report

Barclays Premier League: Aston Villa v West Ham Highlights Video, Match Report, Goal Videos

Played at Venue: Villa Park Date: Saturday, 14 August
Aston Villa shrugged off the exit of ex-boss Martin O'Neill with a vibrant display as Avram Grant's first game as West Ham boss ended in a dismal defeat.

West Ham Team Line up
1 Green, 02 Reid, 05 Tomkinsyellow card (Alessandro Diamanti 72), 15 Upson, 20 Faubertyellow card, 23 Ilunga, 08 Parker, 13 Boa Morte (Barrera 46), 14 Kovac (Piquionne 46), 16 Noble, 09 Cole

29 Stech, 04 Gabbidon, 18 Spector, 12 Barrera, 32 Alessandro Diamanti, 19 Sears, 30 Piquionne

Aston Villa Team Line up
01 Friedel, 02 L Young, 03 Warnock, 05 Dunne, 47 Clarke, 06 Downing, 07 A Young (Weimann 86), 08 Milner (Reo-Coker 85), 12 Albrightonyellow card (Bannan 89), 19 Petrov, 10 Carew

22 Guzan, 23 Beye, 44 Lichaj, 20 Reo-Coker, 46 Bannan, 18 Heskey, 42 Weimann

Aston Villa v West Ham Match Report
Milner on target as Villa down Hammers James Milner turned the jeers to cheers after his strike sealed a comprehensive 3-0 victory over West Ham in what could be his final appearance for Aston Villa. The England international appears to be on the verge of signing for Manchester City in a deal, believed to be worth #30million, which could see Stephen Ireland move in the opposite direction.

Milner's name was booed when it was read out before the match but his second-half strike at the Holte End brought Villa Park to its feet. Villa were already well in the ascendancy, courtesy of first-half goals from Stewart Downing and Stiliyan Petrov, as they proved there can be life after Martin O'Neill.

Kevin MacDonald was left to take charge after O'Neill walked out as manager earlier in the week but Villa put all that disruption behind them with a commanding performance. Ashley Young and Marc Albrighton ripped the hapless Hammers to shreds, Downing was named man of the match, and Villa were unfortunate not to have won by double the scoreline.

Albrighton, who made his England Under-21 debut in midweek, was given his first Premier League start and he looked right at home while West Ham failed to handle Young's pace and movement. Villa started like a train and barely let up in intensity. Richard Dunne and John Carew both missed with close-range headers after being picked out by Downing before West Ham's defending touched on the farcical.

Carew should have put Villa ahead when he latched on to a dreadful back-pass from James Tomkins. A poor first touch gave Robert Green time to race off his line and his deflection ricocheted off Tomkins and onto the post. Somehow West Ham cleared but a Villa goal seemed inevitable and it duly came after 15 minutes. Green parried Young's fierce cross out to Albrighton, who volleyed the rebound goalwards and forced the visiting keeper into a diving save.

But Green could only push the ball to Downing who scored from the six-yard line. The officials waved away West Ham's strong appeals for offside. Young almost doubled Villa's advantage when he escaped the West Ham defence but Green produced an excellent save to tip his shot over the bar. Milner thought he had won a penalty when he was challenged by West Ham debutant Winston Reid on the edge of the box but referee Mike Dean waved play on.

Reid was struggling on his Premier League debut and was even penalised for a foul throw as West Ham failed to relieve the almost constant pressure. Carlton Cole made one powerful run past Dunne and into the Villa box but he had no-one in support and his shot was dragged across the face of goal. West Ham's defence was all at sea as Downing and Albrighton made the most of the space and time they were being afforded down the flanks.

Albrighton once again got the better of Herita Ilunga before pulling the ball back to Young, who picked out Petrov's driving run into the box, and the Bulgarian headed Villa into a 2-0 lead. Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel was called into serious action only once in the half and he was equal to Luis Boa Morte's shot after the former Portugal international had made space inside the box.

Grant sent on Pablo Barrera and Frederic Piquionne in the second half and West Ham briefly flickered into life but Tomkins powered a header wide of Friedel's post. Barrera's first real contribution was to concede a free-kick, which Downing curled towards the top corner and Green was relieved to see it dip just over the bar. But Villa soon wrapped up the game. Albrighton bustled his way past Tomkins and pulled the ball back for Milner, who lashed a first-time shot past Green.

Milner barely celebrated in front of the Holte End but he did acknowledge the standing ovation from the Villa Park crowd after being replaced before the end. Villa pushed for a fourth goal and Petrov picked out Carew in the box but the Norwegian striker once again failed to find the target with a close-range header. Carew then squeezed a shot against the post but the ball refused to go in, rolling across the line, and Young could only turn it into the side-netting.

Aston Villa v West Ham Highlights Video

14:02 GOAL by Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa 1 - 0 West Ham)

Shot from 12 yards from Marc Albrighton. Save made by Robert Green. Stewart Downing gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. The assist for the goal came from Marc Albrighton.

39:29 GOAL by Stiliyan Petrov (Aston Villa 2 - 0 West Ham)

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Stiliyan Petrov grabs a headed goal from close range.

65:19 GOAL by James Milner (Aston Villa 3 - 0 West Ham)

James Milner grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Marc Albrighton provided the assist for the goal.

West Ham must learn from defeat - Grant.

Relieved MacDonald unsure over Villa future.

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