Aston Villa 1 West Ham United 0
Saturday, 6th October 2007
by East Stand Martin
It was like the cave of wonders. Ali Baba’s takeaway just down the road from Villa Park. One local said that Kapil Dev was serving, which was welcome as “you need to be an allrounder to work in there”. Open Sesame as doner kebab and chips smothered in chilli sauce slipped down a right treat.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
A decent performance from England's real number one.
Still far from the player we saw at the tail-end of last season.
Worked hard to keep the opposition at bay. Picked up a knock late on.
His first start of the season, looked a little ring-rusty.
One of his best performances of the season so far.
More than held his own against bad boy Reo-Coker.
Brought in for his experience, a decent effort.
Just about his best effort for his new club. Clearly far fitter than he was a month ago.
Whipped in some good balls but too often on the periphery.
Lasted 36 minutes before succumbing to injury. No signs that he'll be anything but a bit-part player.
Not really at the races and injured late on.
(replaced Camara, 36) Missed three good chances - our best of the game. Gets into good positions but needs to work on his finishing.
(replaced Mullins, 80) Barely had a chance to nip at Reo-Coker's ankles.
Luis Boa Morte
(replaced Etherington, 81) Made no major impression in the few minutes he played.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Lee Bowyer, Hayden Mullins, Freddie Ljungberg, Matthew Etherington, Henri Camara, Dean Ashton.
Booked: Henri Camara 9 George McCartney 73 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Aston Villa: Carson, Mellberg, Laursen, Bouma, Knight, Gardner, Reo-Coker, Barry, Young, Moore, Agbonlahor.
Subs not used: Taylor, Davies, Osbourne.
Goals: Gardner (24).
Booked: Knight (36), Reo-Coker (55), Mellberg (68).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Freddie Ljungberg.