Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 16th September 2019

"Mike Dean, it's all about you" sang the travelling West Ham fans after the oft-criticised referee left West Ham with just ten men for the final quarter of tonight's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Arthur Masuaku, who had been booked in the first half became the 102nd player to be sent off by Dean following a mistimed yet entirely genuine attempt to win the ball midway through the second half of tonight's game at Villa Park.

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And West Ham, who had previously been on top for much of the game were subsequently unable break the deadlock and score the goal that would've catapulted them into third spot in the table.

Dean has frequently been at the centre of controversy over the years and once again it will be his questionable decision to dismiss Masuaku that will be the main talking point from what was an otherwise fascinating contest.

Although clear goal scoring opportunities were few and far between on a night in which the two defences largely dominated, West Ham frequently looked better placed to force an opening.

Yet in truth Tom Heaton barely had a save to make during the game - whilst Lukasz Fabianski was only called into action on one or two occasions at the other end, thanks to some superb interceptions from the likes of Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna.

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Felipe Anderson, who was at the heart of most of West Ham's best play in the final third might have been able to make the breakthrough in the closing stages but his night was ended abruptly when Masuaku saw red - and the Brazilian was replaced by Pablo Zabaleta, as Manuel Pellegrini was forced to reshuffle the pack.

Meanwhile Sebastien Haller - who has hit the ground running since arriving in England during the summer - was denied any space in the opposing penalty box by Villa's defenders, who were all over the Frenchman like a rash any time he theatened to shoot.

Despite having to settle for a point, the draw ensures West Ham remain unbeaten away from home in all competitions so far this season, and without defeat since the opening day of the campaign.

We'll have a full match report for you soon...

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West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Noble (Balbuena 90+1), Yarmolenko (Fornals 62), Lanzini, Anderson (Zabaleta 69), Haller.

Subs not used: Roberto, Snodgrass, Wilshere, Ajeti.

Booked: Masuaku, Noble.

Sent off: Masuaku.

Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert (Davis 85), Engels, Mings, Taylor, McGinn, Nakamba (Douglas Luiz 81), Jota (El Mohamady 66), Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley.

Subs not used: Steer, Konsa, Lansbury, Hourihane.

Booked: Grealish, Mings.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 42,010.

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