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Game #5004

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Attendance: 31,353


Premier League

3rd (+1)

West Ham United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Upton Park

Villa luck into a win at West Ham as the adage of 'Champions finding a way to win even when they play badly' adds to the excitement around the team Martin O'Neill built. Villa climb into the Premier League top three for the first time since September.

West Ham United


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Villa celebrate their winner at Upton Park to send them third, Saturday, 20 December 2008.




๐Ÿ•’ | HT West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, Carlos Cuรฉllar, Sub on, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐ŸŸจ | 72โ€™ Booking, James Milner
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Lucas Neill
๐Ÿ•’ | FT West Ham United 0-1 Aston Villa


Villa make it three successive League wins and are unbeaten in six Premier League games to move 3rd in the table after 18 games.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

West Ham United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1979-80


West Ham United

Previous 5 vs. West Ham: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #29 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #112 |
Saturday, 20 December 2008


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 5.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 23 Aug 08, Villa 2-3 Stoke (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Garratt, Simon Beck




West Ham United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mark Halsey


Martin Laursen, Ashley Young, Stilyan Petrov, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gareth Barry, Brad Friedel, Curtis Davies and James Milner replace Brad Guzan, Nathan Delfouneso, Nicky Shorey, Moustapha Salifou, Marlon Harewood, Nigel Reo-Coker, Craig Gardner and Zat Knight.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.46 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 37.62 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.20 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

West Ham United

GK Robert Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Hรฉrita Ilunga | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ |
CB Lucas Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Matthew Upson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Calum Davenport | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Scott Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Mark Noble | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Valon Behrami |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| ๐Ÿ” |
M Jack Collison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Craig Bellamy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Carlton Cole (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 58โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Scott Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Hayden Mullins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Valon Behrami |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| (M Lee Bowyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jack Collison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (CF Diego Tristรกn | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nicky Shorey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Jan Lastuvka | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
RB Julien Faubert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Luis Boa Morte | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF David Di Michele | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 13/18
Homegrown: 5/18



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/18



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 35%
Possession A | 65%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 20
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 8


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"I'm delighted to be third.

"We created quite a number of chances on the break in the first half but the game was really open and could have gone either way,"

"We got a bit lucky with the goal at a time when West Ham were pressing us."

Martin O'Neill.

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 20 December 2008

*Upton Park pain for Hammers*

West Ham United suffered yet more agony at Upton Park as a Lucas Neill own goal handed high-flying Aston Villa victory on Saturday evening.

The Hammers are without a Premier League win on their home turf since September and now risk falling into the relegation places should Manchester City get something from their trip to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Gianfranco Zolaโ€™s charges matched Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s Villa for much of the encounter as both teams spurned excellent goalscoring opportunities, with Carlton Cole wasteful in front of goal and Ashley Young hitting the woodwork.

The game looked set for a goalless stalemate but James Milnerโ€™s hopeful effort caught Neill on 78 minutes to deflect wickedly over the helpless Robert Green and lift Villa up to third in the table


Oโ€™Neillโ€™s young English players have given Villa fans real hope of breaking into the top four - but an American veteran in goal is also playing his part.

Brad Friedel produced a string of saves to keep the scores level when the Hammers threatened through Craig Bellamy and Cole.

โ€œThey have plenty of pace and are very dangerous,โ€ wrote Hammers boss Zola in his programme notes, highlighting Villaโ€™s strengths - but he has speed in his own side through Bellamy.

The Wales forward applauded Stiliyan Petrov when the Villa midfielder nut-megged him - for the rest of time he was stretching Villaโ€™s defence and creating space inside.

His first effort came when he raced onto Neillโ€™s lofted pass - but the ball forced the Hammers striker into a wide angle and his shot was easily saved by Friedel.

There was nothing straightforward about the Americanโ€™s save when Bellamy raced beyond the Villa defence to collect a pass from Herita Ilunga. Friedel stayed on his feet for as long as possible before parrying the finish.


Villaโ€™s first threat came from Steve Sidwell, who drilled a low effort just wide of Greenโ€™s upright, then went even closer midway through the opening half after Gabriel Agbonlahor raced down the left and beat Neill for pace.

The ball was pulled back for Sidwell, with Mark Noble chasing back and doing enough to make the former Chelsea midfielder slice his finish wide.

England winger Young then struck the post after being gifted possession by Scott Parker. The error allowed Young to take the ball around Green but he was forced slightly wide and the finish clipped the far post.

Young also went inches wide with a free-kick, while Gareth Barry felt he should have had a penalty when he tussled with Neill shortly afterwards, but referee Mark Halsey waved play on.

Bellamyโ€™s pace was West Hamโ€™s outlet. Neill sent him away on the right again and when the cross came over, Curtis Davies sliced towards his own goal and Friedel was required to tip over the crossbar.

Friedel also parried a long-range effort from Valon Behrami after Davies had given the ball away cheaply.

Villa broke at speed just before the half-time whistle, with Green forced into a double save - from Milner then Barry - to keep the scores level heading into the break.

Zolaโ€™s response at half-time was to haul off Parker and bring on Hayden Mullins to protect the defence.


Bellamy could not get power on the first chance of the second half, then Matthew Upson and Neill were off target with headers when they met set-pieces.

Zola made another change just before the hour mark when Behrami appeared to pick up a knock, with Lee Bowyer coming on.

Former Hammers midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, who predictably was greeted by a chorus of jeers, then replaced Carlos Cuellar after the defender also got injured.

Cole was presented with a clear-cut chance when Neill cut in from the right and floated a cross to the far post - but the striker got under the finish and headed over.

Cole had another opportunity in the 64th minute after Bowyer had released Bellamy to cross from the left. Luke Young blocked Coleโ€™s first effort, then Friedel produced a reflex save to stop the second.

Milner picked up a booking for tripping Ilunga, but he then earned Villa the winner 12 minutes from the end.

Friedel saved a close-range effort from Calum Davenport to keep the visitors ahead.