Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham United 

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 Ratings

Robert Green
A decent performance from England's real number one.

Lucas Neill
Still far from the player we saw at the tail-end of last season.

George McCartney
Worked hard to keep the opposition at bay. Picked up a knock late on.

Danny Gabbidon
His first start of the season, looked a little ring-rusty.

Matthew Upson
One of his best performances of the season so far.

Lee Bowyer
More than held his own against bad boy Reo-Coker.

Hayden Mullins
Brought in for his experience, a decent effort.

Freddie Ljungberg
Just about his best effort for his new club. Clearly far fitter than he was a month ago.

Matthew Etherington
Whipped in some good balls but too often on the periphery.

Henri Camara
Lasted 36 minutes before succumbing to injury. No signs that he'll be anything but a bit-part player.

Dean Ashton
Not really at the races and injured late on.


Carlton Cole
(replaced Camara, 36) Missed three good chances - our best of the game. Gets into good positions but needs to work on his finishing.

Mark Noble
(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.

Richard Wright
Did not play.

James Collins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Lee Bowyer, Hayden Mullins, Freddie Ljungberg, Matthew Etherington, Henri Camara, Dean Ashton.

Goals: None.

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.

Referee: S.Tanner.

Attendance: 40,824.

Man of the Match: Freddie Ljungberg.