In-form West Ham rose to fifth in the Premier League after a nervy win over Aston Villa on Monday night.
David Moyes’ side scored their earliest Premier League goal for four years courtesy of Angelo Ogbonna’s header inside two minutes at London Stadium.
Jack Grealish’s deflected strike made it level at the interval, but West Ham quickly restored their advantage as half-time substitute Said Benrahma crossed for Jarrod Bowen to head home.
The Hammers lived very dangerously indeed late on, with Ollie Watkins smashing a penalty against the crossbar after Declan Rice had been penalised for tugging Trezeguet’s shirt inside the area.
That wasn’t the end of Watkins’ frustration, with the former Brentford star also seeing a last-gasp equaliser ruled out for the narrowest of offsides following a lengthy VAR review.
Follow all the reaction on our LIVE blog with Jack Rosser at London Stadium.
Full-time – West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa
They made hard work of it, but the Hammers hold on to seal a third successive win that takes them up to fifth in the Premier League!
94 mins: Heartbreak for Watkins as the goal is indeed ruled out for offside.
West Ham living very dangerously late on.
92 mins: Man, this is close.
It’s Coufal on the far side who looks closest to playing on Watkins.
The lines are being drawn and the message is to continue delaying kick-off…
92 mins: Watkins gets ahead of Ogbonna to sidefoot home Targett’s terrific cross!
VAR will have a look, but I think this is going to be ruled out for offside…
89 mins: West Ham look nervy as former Chelsea forward Traore tests Fabianski.
Five minutes of added time expected at London Stadium…
88 mins: Villa’s final change is at right-back, where Cash is replaced by Ahmed Elmohamady.
A potential injury for the former Nottingham Forest man?
87 mins: The fleet-footed Grealish glides his way in from the left and is just knocked off balance by Rice as his shot from the edge of the box is deflected behind.
84 mins: Villa are sustaining some late pressure as a long throw-in from Cash is contested by Haller and Mings before Fabianski gathers the loose ball.
An attempted counter-attack by Rice is quickly snuffed out.
82 mins: We should mention that Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore were introduced by Villa boss Dean Smith a few minutes ago.
Hourihane and Trezeguet both went off.
78 mins: West Ham will look to see this out by sending on club captain Mark Noble with their third and final change.
Potential match-winner Bowen – who has lost his footing a couple of times in the last few minutes – is the man to go off.
Source: Evening Standard Business News