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Aston Villa 1-3 West Ham Utd [video]

Filed: Wednesday, 25th July 2018
By: Staff Writer

Marko Arnautovic was the star of the show once again as Manuel Pellegrini's new-look West Ham easily beat Championship side Aston Villa at the Bescot Stadium tonight.

The Austrian international was the best player on the park as he scored West Ham's second goal goal before playing a role in the third, scored by former Villa loanee Robert Snodgrass.

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And there were first glimpses of new signings Fabian Balbuena and Felipe Anderson, both of played a part in United's excellent first half display.

Michail Antonio got the Hammers off to a perfect start when through a combination of skill, trickery and a little luck he managed to make 50 yards before firing beyond Villa 'keeper Jed Steer.

The 25-year-old former Norwich stopper was equally powerless to prevent Arnautovic doubling West Ham's lead four minutes ahead of the interval when the #7 converted an excellent cross from Arthur Masuaku from the edge of the six yard box.

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And following a string of changes from both sides, Snodgrass gave West Ham a three goal advantage just six minutes from time after a wonderfullly threaded pass from the Austrian left him with just the 'keeper to beat.

Villa did however have something to show for their efforts thanks to Andre Green's powerful drive around 60 seconds later, that left Adrian - who once again played the full 90 minutes - no chance.

You may watch the full match once again below.

West Ham Utd: Adrian; Zabaleta (Fredericks 80), Balbuena (Diop 46), Ogbonna, Masuaku (Byram 87), Rice (Obiang 46), Noble, Wilshere (Cullen 66), Antonio (Snodgrass 46), Arnautovic (Martinez 87), Anderson (Haksabanovic 46).

Goals: Antonio (10), Arnautovic (27), Snodgrass (84).

Subs not used: Trott.

Aston Villa: Steer, Bree, Elphick (Elmohamady 58), Chester (Jedinak 58), Hutton (Taylor 80), Adomah (De Laet 60), Whelan (Gardner 74), Doyle-Hayes (Lansbury 58), Hourihane (Jedinak 58), Grealish (Green 74), Kodjia (Knibbs 74).

Goals: Green (85).

Subs not used: Sarkic, Taylor, Gardner, Green, Knibbs.

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