Game #5214

2012-13

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Position:

15th

Premier League

West Ham United

Upton Park

Attendance: 34,172

Saturday, 18 August 2012

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

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5214

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Paul Lambert |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Mike Dean, Wirral |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LDDLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean.
Assistants: Jake Collin, Simon Long

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mike Dean

Villa

🟨 |

West Ham United

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £59.05m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.45 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 36.35 |

Youngest Player |
CB Nathan Baker | 21.34 |

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 Gérard 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.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
W Marc Albrighton |
CB Richard Dunne |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov |

Bomb Squad | 2 |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Stephen Warnock |

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

MANAGER

Paul Lambert

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Ian Culverhouse
First Team Coach: Scott Marshall
Head of Football Operations: Gary Karsa

STARTING LINE UP

GK Shay Given |
CB Ron Vlaar |
CB Ciaran Clark |
CB Nathan Baker |
RB Matt Lowton |
M Karim El Ahmadi |
M Stephen Ireland
M Fabian Delph |
W Brett Holman |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
F Darren Bent |

SUBSTITUTES

F Andreas Weimann for W Brett Holman | 61’ |
M Gary Gardner for W Charles N’Zogbia | 74’ |
M Barry Bannan for M Fabian Delph | 77’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan
D Eric Lichaj
M Chris Herd
F Graham Burke

THE OPPOSITION

GK Jussi Jääskeläinen, CB Winston Reid, LB George McCartney (RB Joey O’Brien), CB James Collins (ex), RB Guy Demel, M Kevin Nolan (g) (CB James Tomkins), M Matthew Taylor, M Momo Diamé, CF Carlton Cole (ex) (CF Modibo Maiga), W Ricardo Vaz Tê.

Manager: Sam Allardyce.
Team Cost: £20.61m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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 £3,420,000 and £2,520,000 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 £3,380,000, also in July 2012.

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.

Source: avfc.co.uk/news/2012/08/18/match-report-west-ham-1-0-villa/

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Ron Vlaar, Matt Lowton, Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman
39’ Booking, Ciaran Clark
40’ Goal, (West Ham United)
HT West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa
61’ Sub off, Brett Holman, Sub on, Andreas Weimann
74’ Sub off, Charles N’Zogbia, Sub on, Gary Gardner
77’ Sub off, Fabian Delph, Sub on, Barry Bannan
FT West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

"We will pick ourselves up and go again."

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 18 August 2012.

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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 Lambert’s first game in charge."

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*West Ham marked their Premier League return with a win over Aston Villa, who were beaten in new manager Paul Lambert’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 Ham’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 Ham’s victory served to continue the feelgood factor around east London after London 2012.

The shadow of the Olympic Stadium - the Hammers’ 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 Villa’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 assistant’s flag had gone up for offside against Vaz Te but referee Mike Dean awarded the goal after correctly ruling that Villa’s Ciaran Clark had headed the ball on and not West Ham’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 Ham’s penalty appeals for a shove on Cole.

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

*West Ham boss Sam Allardyce:*

“We grew into the game. We started to expose Aston Villa’s defence and got the goal with a perfectly good goal and a perfectly good decision with the referee overruling the linesman.

“I think there was a definite penalty on Carlton Cole after half-time.

“It 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.”

*Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:*

“We started the game really well but we just never really created as much as we wanted to.

“I couldn’t fault the effort. We will pick ourselves up and go again. There is a long way to go and we’ll see what happens.

“I have great belief in [the players]. They will do fine. If we can stick together and the fans stick with us we’ll be OK.”

*West Ham marked their Premier League return with a win over Aston Villa, who were beaten in new manager Paul Lambert’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 Ham’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 Ham’s victory served to continue the feelgood factor around east London after London 2012.

The shadow of the Olympic Stadium - the Hammers’ 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 Villa’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 assistant’s flag had gone up for offside against Vaz Te but referee Mike Dean awarded the goal after correctly ruling that Villa’s Ciaran Clark had headed the ball on and not West Ham’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 Ham’s penalty appeals for a shove on Cole.

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

*West Ham boss Sam Allardyce:*

“We grew into the game. We started to expose Aston Villa’s defence and got the goal with a perfectly good goal and a perfectly good decision with the referee overruling the linesman.

“I think there was a definite penalty on Carlton Cole after half-time.

“It 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.”

*Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:*

“We started the game really well but we just never really created as much as we wanted to.

“I couldn’t fault the effort. We will pick ourselves up and go again. There is a long way to go and we’ll see what happens.

“I have great belief in [the players]. They will do fine. If we can stick together and the fans stick with us we’ll be OK.”