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Irons take three more points with VAR helping hand

West Ham held on to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Monday night and move into the Premier League’s top five.

But they had to survive a missed penalty from Ollie Watkins who hit the bar and a late offside goal ruled out by VSAR to make it three wins on the trot.

The Hammers took the lead after just two minutes, with Angelo Ogbonna powering home a header from Jarrod Bowen’s genuinely brilliant corner delivery.

Jack Grealish levelled proceedings with a superb drive from range that took a deflection off Oggy before beating Lukasz Fabianski.

The start of the second half saw another rapid opening, as Jarrod Bowen put the ball in the back of the net in the 46th minute, flicking a header into the far corner after a gorgeous cross from Said Benrahma.

From then on, though, the Irons were forced to hang on, as Dean Smith’s men did their best to get back into the game.

They had a gilt-edged chance, too, as Declan Rice conceded a penalty with 15 minutes remaining, but  Watkins crashed his shot against the bar.

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Villa then thought they’d equalised in injury time as Watkins beat Ogbonna to volley home.

But the goal was ruled out by VAR, as he was adjudged to have strayed offside, though Stockley Park took three minutes to make the decision.

The game was played until the 97th minute as a result but the Irons held on to win, climbing into the top five as a result.

With 10 games played, David Moyes’ men have 17 points; we’re only four points off leaders Spurs!

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10 comments on “Irons take three more points with VAR helping hand

  1. A quite shocking performance from us, certainly in the second half. How we’ve won our last 3 games is a miracle. Still, you can’t argue with the table.

    Moving forward I don’t see much of a tactic aside from be tight at the back and relaunch it 50 yards to whoever the forward is. Maybe it’s just a case of going through a slump whilst still picking up points but I’d like to see us playing well against the ‘so-called’ weaker teams rather than relying on luck over the next few games

  2. at leased 7 of there players tried to cheat us out of the game. dont get me wrong they played well but to have to go to those measures to get a result needs to looked at by the PL.
    we won but they need to looked at the very leased as every Villa player was dropping over like there was no tomorrow.
    drealish is a dam good player but to cheat every game is an understatement should the game allow his play to continue i very much doubt it as he will def be found out. he made other good players follow what he was doing and made the game a farse
    the commentators were making so much of him to do this makes me believe he truly believes his play
    just my opinion

    • Let’s be brutally frank here, we were very average, just launching balls upfield, hoping somebody was on the end of it etc, no fluidity in our build up, giving away endless free kicks because we were always second to the ball, Soucek and Rice have been leggy for a while now, really worrying. Jack Grealish made us look look second class, let’s be honest here if we had him we would be top 6 material… He is a genuine class act and VERY SURPRISED by so many comments saying he is a cheat, yes he goes to ground quite often, but he is very clever, analyse the tackles against him, he invites tackles and is very clever in getting his body across an opponent…cheat, sorry not on my eyes… Only once did he go to ground without being “tackled”.. a delayed dive. There was no contest between Rice and Grealish… The Villa player won this contest hands down. We have ridden our luck massively in a few games as of late, but its a great sign that when playing “poorly” you manage to grind out results… Please let’s not write off this Man Utd side.. They have far more attacking players of quality than us and their second half come back against a very good Southampton side would have given them a massive boost… Canavani is waiting in the wings.. Be warned… COYI.

  3. It was a fluke goal which went in because a massive deflection completely changed its trajectory.
    Grealish is a talented player whose cheating was an embarrassment.

  4. Agree with Saul and pretty disappointed as we fielded my ideal team. On the up side, I thought Seb and Said had good games and should have gained confidence. Perhaps we can see Mikey more central again against Man U.

    • Yes, I wasn’t sure of Antonio and Fornals switching around – lost our threat up the middle. Didn’t think Antonio looked ready tonight.

  5. Somebody needs to talk to Jamie Callerger ( sorry about spelling his name wrong , not ) about his assessment of VAR . It seems to me that he has forgotten how Liverpool beat West Ham. . , how Antonio was denied a clear penalty .
    We didn’t play well at all , but dug out another win . Amazing. Off-side is off-side , what’s good for one is good for another . We got away with it , but over the years it’s about time a few decisions went our way . We are proving to be a very hard team to beat and that’s European form in my book . If we can keep this positive attitude going there’s no reason not to think we can win against Man Utd next week .

  6. Horrible game to watch really. We were terrible in possession, gave the ball away every minute. We made them look like an in form man city. Really need to take control of games better than this at home against average sides like villa. Literally on the back foot for 89 mins.

    The ref was taken for a complete ride. It’s difficult to remember a game whereby the opposition wins a foul every single time a player falls down. Painful to watch.

    Cannot understand how on earth we won that, other than say karma is a *****!

  7. Worst game since our first. Look like last year’s squad. The list of players who didn’t turn up is staggering. Unbelievable.

  8. I’m with Del P.
    We were awful,2nd to the ball and that’s why we gave away free kicks. Grealish went over easily but he does get fouled. We have no one who try’s to beat their man. Our players seemed to take them on and penetrate into the Villa 3rd,the stats state that. Rice and Soucek both very leggy. We have a lot of games coming up they need to ease off. Haller played well but Benrhama apart from his assist never went further forward again.
    At least Moyes took off the dreadful Masuaku and ineffective Antonio., back to soon.
    Villa deserved a point,but it wasn’t just Grealish who went to ground . I felt most of the other players did too.

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