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Game #5171

Aston Villa

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Lost

15th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 34,172

West Ham United

Upton Park

Villa open the season with defeat to a newly promoted side as Paul Lambert - the fans choice to take over from Alex McLeish - leads the team for the first time.

West Ham United

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Karim El Ahmadi one of four debuts in Paul Lambert's first game in charge as Villa lose on the opening day under the new boss, Saturday, 18 August 2012.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 18 August 2012

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Ron Vlaar, Matt Lowton, Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman
๐ŸŸจ | 39โ€™ Booking, Ciaran Clark
๐Ÿฅ… | 40โ€™ Goal, (West Ham United), Kevin Nolan
๐Ÿ•’ | HT West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Brett Holman, Sub on, Andreas Weimann
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia, Sub on, Gary Gardner
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Fabian Delph, Sub on, Barry Bannan
๐Ÿ•’ | FT West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa lost their first game under Paul Lambert and had now failed to win their last nine Premier League away games whilst Villa players did not find a single teammate with any of their 10 crosses against promoted West Ham.

Meanwhile, centre back Ron Vlaar, 27, and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, 27, made their Villa debuts after joining from Feyenoord for ยฃ3,420,000 and ยฃ2,520,000 respectively.

Winger Brett Holman also made his debut aged 28 after joining from AZ Alkmaar on a free transfer in July 2012 as did right back Matt Lowton, 23, following his move from League One side Sheffield United for a fee of ยฃ3,380,000, also in July 2012.

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Ham United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2012-13 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 18 August 2012

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 9 Apr 12, Villa 1-1 Stoke (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Jake Collin, Simon Long

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

West Ham United

None

Mike Dean

TEAM NEWS

Paul Lambert hands debuts to Ron Vlaar, Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman and Matt Lowton as inexplicably the newly appointed Villa boss reconstitutes Gรฉrard Houllier's infamous 'bomb squad' of first team players not to be considered for duty and immediately places defensive lynchpins Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock in purgatory. Meanwhile, Brad Guzan, released by Villa at the end of the previous campaign, appears in the squad having been re-signed by Lambert.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.45 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 36.35 |

Youngest Player |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.34 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Sam Allardyce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐ŸŸข |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸข | ๐Ÿ” |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

West Ham United

GK Jussi Jรครคskelรคinen | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Winston Reid | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
LB George McCartney | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
CB James Collins (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Guy Demel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Kevin Nolan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Matthew Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Momo Diamรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
W Ricardo Vaz Tรช | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Carlton Cole (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | for W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB George McCartney | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | (RB Joey Oโ€™Brien | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Kevin Nolan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB James Tomkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Carlton Cole (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Modibo Maiga | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
F Graham Burke | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stephen Henderson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gary O'Neil | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alou Diarra | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Nicky Maynard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ59.05m
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 : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Squad:
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 : 6/18
Homegrown: 7/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ20.61m

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 : 5/11

Squad:
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 : 8/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Bomb Squad | 2 |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Reported

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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 66%
Possession A | 34%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 17

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"We will pick ourselves up and go again."

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 18 August 2012.

BBC Sport
Saturday, 18 August 2012

*West Ham marked their Premier League return with a win over Aston Villa, who were beaten in new manager Paul Lambertโ€™s first game in charge.*

The Hammers went ahead when Ricardo Vaz Te pulled the ball across for Kevin Nolan to sidefoot home

West Ham later had a penalty shout for a shove by Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar on striker Carlton Cole waved away.

Villa rarely troubled their hosts and Cole should have extended West Hamโ€™s lead but headed wide from close range.

Hammers substitute Modibo Maiga also came close in injury-time when he raced clear and rounded keeper Shay Given only to see his shot cleared from the goalmouth by backtracking defender Nathan Baker.

The miss did not prove crucial against a Villa side who started brightly but ultimately showed little improvement on the side that only avoided relegation by two points last season.

In contrast, West Hamโ€™s victory served to continue the feelgood factor around east London after London 2012.

The shadow of the Olympic Stadium - the Hammersโ€™ prospective new home - looms large over Upton Park and could yet provide inspiration in a campaign where Premier League safety remains the first target.

However, the home side began in a subdued and stuttering fashion, with Villa - in particular, central midfielder Fabian Delph - possessing the greater enterprise.

Lambert has promised Villa fans more of an attacking style but, while his side showed intent, they could not find the incisiveness to pierce the Hammers defence.

West Ham gradually shook off their apprehension and started to pose more of a threat, with the strength of striker Cole unsettling Villaโ€™s summer signing Vlaar.

Nolan fizzed an 18-yard free-kick just wide after a foul by Vlaar on Cole before the Hammers breakthrough.

A floated Mark Noble free-kick was headed on to Vaz Te and he squared the ball for Nolan to provide the finishing touch.

The assistantโ€™s flag had gone up for offside against Vaz Te but referee Mike Dean awarded the goal after correctly ruling that Villaโ€™s Ciaran Clark had headed the ball on and not West Hamโ€™s James Collins.

Vlaar was being given a testing workout on his Premier League debut and cut a relieved figure when referee Dean waved away West Hamโ€™s penalty appeals for a shove on Cole.

A Vlaar shot, saved by Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, was Villaโ€™s only real effort on target as they surrendered tamely to defeat.

*West Ham boss Sam Allardyce:*

โ€œWe grew into the game. We started to expose Aston Villaโ€™s defence and got the goal with a perfectly good goal and a perfectly good decision with the referee overruling the linesman.

โ€œI think there was a definite penalty on Carlton Cole after half-time.

โ€œIt ended up as a very good day as we won 1-0 and kept a clean sheet. James Collins was back and solid in defence which gave us a platform to win the game and there were lots of good performances.โ€

*Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:*

โ€œWe started the game really well but we just never really created as much as we wanted to.

โ€œI couldnโ€™t fault the effort. We will pick ourselves up and go again. There is a long way to go and weโ€™ll see what happens.

โ€œI have great belief in [the players]. They will do fine. If we can stick together and the fans stick with us weโ€™ll be OK.โ€