The Malta Independent 17 October 2019, Thursday

English Premier League: West Ham holds on with 10 men for 0-0 draw at Aston Villa

Associated Press Monday, 16 September 2019, 23:22 Last update: about 30 days ago

Ten-man West Ham held on for a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday after Arthur Masuaku was sent off midway through the second half.

Masuaku was given a second booking for tripping Villa substitute Ahmed Elmohamady in the 67th minute but the hosts couldn't take advantage, with Jack Grealish missing their best chance for a late winner when he failed to connect cleanly with a cross, sending his volley wide from seven yards out.

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The game ebbed back and forth in the final minutes as West Ham threatened on a couple of quick counter-attacks but failed to create a clear-cut scoring chance.

Villa's clearest chance of the game came in first-half injury time when West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made a one-handed save to deny John McGinn.

The draw lifts West Ham into eighth place with eight points from five games, while Villa is 17th with four points.

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