West Ham produced yet another accomplished and ruthless performance to take all three points at Villa Park with a 4-1 victory to cement our spot in the top 4 of the Premier League.
It was from the off that our Hammers set a dominant tone with confident and fast flowing football that the hosts struggled to contain. This was rewarded with only 7 minutes on the clock, when academy graduate Ben Johnson cut in from the right to curl in a wonderful low strike into the bottom corner.
West Ham continued to probe and could have had a second when Jarrod Bowen struck twice in quick succession, only to be blocked both times by Villa’s Matt Cash.
However, the next goal of the game came from the home team, arguably against the run of play. Ollie Watkins was unmarked to fire in a low shot from close range, which Fabianski could only parry into the net.
It didn’t take long though for our Irons to respond, when 4 minutes later, the ever impressive Declan Rice smashed home a low drive from outside the box to restore West Hams lead.
The second half showed a Villa side far more intent on getting back into the game, and drama unfolded 5 minutes in when Fornals was elbowed by a shocking challenge from Kortney Hause. The loose ball fell to Bowen who was then brought down by Ezri Konsa.
VAR was brought into action to clear up both incidents and surprisingly the referee opted to send off Konsa for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Hause escaped a certain red card so it did feel justice was at least served as Villa were now down to 10 men.
The hosts however responded well and pushed for an equaliser. There were many long balls and throw ins for our side to deal with and the hosts certainly capitalised on some wasteful passing from the Hammers.
It was our mighty Irons though who wrapped up the points in the final 10 minutes of the game.
First Pablo Fornals smashed home a rebound from a Bowen shot which could only be parried into the path of the chasing Spaniard.
Then just 4 minutes later the salt was rubbed in the Villa wounds, when Jarrod Bowen poked home a fine and fluid West Ham move which Antonio and Lanzini were on hand to lay into the path of the in form Bowen, to send the visiting fans wild.
Another 3 points on the road and dominant display which sets our Irons up well for the busy week ahead. Genk away in the Europa League on Thursday night is followed up with a mouth watering clash with Liverpool at London Stadium on Sunday.
Written by Mark Carlaw