Dramatic Villa/West Ham clash on “anniversary” day


David Moyes_Uani_Emery_Aston Villa_West Ham

West Ham’s opponents today – Aston Villa – have not looked back since sacking Stevie Gerrard exactly a year ago.

The Evening Standard has recalled the “anniversary” as the Irons head for Villa Park against a team that has progressed enormously since coming under the influence of new boss Unai Emery.

They point out that when the former Liverpool star was sacked only a couple of points separated themselves and the Hammers near the bottom of the table.

It’s the same margin as now sees them separated at the top – a remarkable turnaround for both clubs.

Both teams are confident they have chances of breaking into the top six on a permanent basis and have every right to and this afternoon maybe a big stepping stone towards rubber stamping their credentials.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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