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Aston Villa v West Ham

Saturday December 26, 2015Aston Villa 1 - 1 West Ham

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Villa fought back from a goal down to claim a point against West Ham, a much-improved performance seeing Remi Garde’s side push for the full three points.

Micah was sidelined with a slight knock but was watching from the stands as Villa displayed the kind of fight that suggests to their fans that there’s still hope yet, though their run without a win extends to 17 games.

Rudy Gestede had the first proper chance of the game after 18 minutes, missing the target with a header, whilst Adrian was on form to deny Leandro Bacuna and Gestede again soon after.

However, in stoppage time of the first half the visitors seized the lead. Aaron Cresswell used Alan Hutton as cover to swerve a shot beyond Brad Guzan and into the back of the net, silencing what had been a vocal home support up to that point.

Despite the setback, Villa returned from the interval with renewed vigour, Adrian having to be on his toes throughout as he denied Gestede again and Jordan Veretout.

Villa finally had their opportunity, however, when Gestede was brought down, and Jordan Ayew converted the spot-kick to finally see the home side level. West Ham were still a threat and Mark Noble first, and then Alex Song went close.

The hosts weren’t able to capitalize on their advantage and seal a much-needed win, but they did offer renewed optimism that they’ll keep fighting to get out of the relegation zone.