Premier League
West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa 

Saturday, 8th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Can't win 'em all, I suppose.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
One dodgy moment in the first half. One meaningful save and I swear he didn't touch the ball in the last 20 minutes.

Carl Jenkinson
Not quite up to his recent standards ?EUR" he delayed his crossing too many times enabling defenders to get back at him. Ought to have done better with the free header as well.

Aaron Cresswell
Better than last week ?EUR" his crossing continues to cause problems to opposition defences.

Winston Reid
One dodgy moment with the backpass to Adrian in the first half but dealt with the limited threat from the visitors well.

James Collins
One silly moment in the second half where he seemed to lose his bearings but otherwise strong.

Mark Noble
Worked hard throughout and, thanks to Roy Hodgson's bizarre case of myopia (have a look at the number of out of form players at struggling clubs in the England squad), has a nice couple of weeks to rest up in.

Alex Song
At the heart of much of what was good going forward in the first half but maybe a bit less so in the second.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Did a job but not as influential as he can be.

Stewart Downing
My MOTM ?EUR" created chance after chance. Stay fit with England sir.

Enner Valencia
A bit subdued to be honest. A spot of transatlantic jetting is probably not quite what the doctor ordered.

Diafra Sakho
Got into some good positions but was unusually wasteful for once.


Kevin Nolan
(Replaced Kouyate) Quietly effective in holding the ball up and bringing others into play.

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Valencia) Caused different problems when coming on for Valencia. If I had a pound for every free kick given incorrectly against him over the years I could afford to employ somebody who can type.

Andy Carroll
(Replaced Noble) Wreaked havoc. Gives us another option when, like yesterday, we are chasing a game in the dying moments.

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Did not play.

Joey O'Brien
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Morgan Amalfitano
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, James Collins, Mark Noble, Alex Song , Cheikhou Kouyate, Stewart Downing, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho.

Goals: None.

Booked: tbc           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Aston Villa: Bradley Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Aly Cissokho, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez, Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Charles N'Zogbia.

Subs not used: Shay Given, Darren Bent, Leandro Bacuna, Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson.

Goals: n/a.

Booked: Tom Cleverley (68), Andreas Weimann (68), Gabriel Agbonlahor (88).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 34,857.

Man of the Match: Stewart Downing.