Aston Villa vs West Ham Result: Final Result, Reaction, Goals, Highlights and Match Report in Premier League

Pablo Fornals’ deflected goal in the second half helped West Ham end their winless start to the Premier League season with a 1-0 win at Aston Villa.

In a game without quality, the Hammers opened their account for the top-flight season in the 76th minute after losses to Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Brighton.

It chilled part of David Moyes’ test but only increased the tension for opponent Steven Gerrard, who watched as Villa struggled to create chances and his side were booed at full-time.

A midweek win at Bolton had eased some of the pressure on Gerrard, who was strong for the Carabao Cup tie and made minimal changes here, with Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings starting together up front again.

West Ham also had a difficult start and in an attempt to stem the slump Moyes went with a back five and soon found his team on the back foot.

Erzi Konsa had the ball in the net after 14 minutes but the hosts’ celebration was cut short when a Lucas Digne corner went just wide.

A constant threat to Villa in the opening games, Watkins saw a shot deflected by Kurt Zouma before another tame header was easy for Lukasz Fabianski in the visitors’ goal.

For all the huffing and puffing from Gerrard’s side, they had little to show in terms of clear chances as West Ham weathered the storm after Gianluca Scamacca helped defensively in his first Premier League start by free-heading over a dangerous Douglas Luiz kick .

The £30m summer signing was preferred to Michail Antonio at the Midlands and offered Fornals a chance before half-time, but the Spaniard pulled his volley wide and remained goalless at the break.

Moyes had to knock out Ben Johnson in the first 45 through injury and made another change in the second half when Said Benrahma was introduced in place of debutant Emerson Palmieri, switching the Hammers back to their preferred 4-2-3-1 formation .

It immediately improved their performance and they should have broken the deadlock in the 56th minute.

Fornals played through Jarrod Bowen after a slip by John McGinn but the England international hesitated on the ball and Digne produced a great sliding tackle after good early work from full-back Matty Cash.

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After a clean one-two between Tomas Soucek and Scamacca, the latter tested Emi Martinez just after the hour mark but the Italian was withdrawn for Antonio soon after.

The Hammers remained the team on the rise and 16 minutes from time Fornals opened the scoring at Villa Park.

Zouma put the ball forward and found captain Declan Rice, who selected Fornals and the Spaniard’s 25-yard shot was deflected by Konsa and looped over Martinez to put the visitors ahead.

Villa tried to react quickly and Cash curled up, but the hosts suffered a third loss of the season with Watkins’ late penalty appeal after Vladimir Coufals wrestled away to boo them.

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