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Aston Villa 4 West Ham 1: Hammers humbled

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Aston Villa 4 West Ham 1: Hammers humbled

Today’s clash between Aston Villa and West Ham left me hugely disappointed as Villa secured a 4-1 victory, firmly establishing their dominance throughout the game. It was a performance that raised questions and revealed areas where the team must improve to compete at a higher level.

By the end it was clear that Villa were the stronger side, though West Ham initially put up a contest, particularly in the first half. Lucas Paqueta was one of the bright sparks, displaying his typical skills and flair. He was given the freedom to roam and create space, attempting to dictate the game. There were several quality balls played behind the Villa back-line. Unfortunately the quality of our forward play didn’t match the build-up.

One significant pre-game question was whether Mohammed Kudus or Michail Antonio would start, and David Moyes chose Antonio. However, Antonio’s performance was appalling, with poor first touches and passing, leaving fans and his team-mates frustrated.

As the game progressed, it was evident that West Ham were knackerd, particularly in the latter stages. This was surprising, given that Villa also play in European competition, but they managed their stamina better. In fact, they managed everything better.

Villa displayed impressive organisation and tactics, defensively and offensively, which David Moyes struggled to counter.

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Hammers humbled: Moyes had no answer to Emery’s tactics.

The tale of two strikers

The game highlighted the centre forward issue, with Ollie Watkins standing out as the superior player, while Antonio’s performance was underwhelming. West Ham lacked creativity and struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities. Jarrod Bowen’s goal was fortuitous, a deflected shot from long range. However, Bowen deserved his luck because he worked tirelessly.

Another concerning aspect was Kurt Zouma’s mobility, which appeared hindered. West Ham’s inability to adapt to mobile strikers may become something of an issue. Make no mistake about it . . . Zouma has lost the ability to sprint.

Tough day at the office for Coufal.

Despite the disappointing result, there were a few bright spots. Jared Bowen put in a commendable performance, and Emerson was decent in defence and attack. Lucas Paqueta’s early contributions were promising, even though he made a costly mistake for Villa’s second goal. Nonetheless, his creativity was evident.

However, the overall performance highlighted West Ham’s need for improvement, particularly in terms of centre forwards and game management. Villa outclassed West Ham, and David Moyes was outdone tactically. The loss ended West Ham’s impressive record against Villa who look a level above the Hammers.

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