West Ham United 2-1 Aston Villa
Super-sub Zavon Hines’ injury-time strike sank 10-man
Hines fired home after a fine run by Scott Parker as the game looked to be heading for a draw.
Mark Noble had put the struggling home side in front from the penalty spot in first-half injury time.
England goalkeeper Robert Green then saved Ashley Young’s 49th minute spot-kick before the
The win lifted the home side out of the relegation zone and into 16th place while
West Ham suffered an early injury blow when Herita Ilunga was forced out of the action in the sixth minute. He was replaced by Jonathan Spector.
West Ham started brighter than their visitors but despite their early possession, failed to take advantage.
Scott Parker tested Brad Friedel in the 11th minute with a 25-yard drive but the American goalkeeper was equal to the task and gathered safely.
Green was alert enough to deal with a header from John Carew in the 17th minute but
Green pulled off a magnificent save seconds later when West Ham half cleared a corner and Stiliyan Petrov volleyed the ball towards goal from fully 30 yards.
The ball took a deflection on its way towards the top corner but somehow Green managed to get his fingertips in the way.
In the 22nd minute
It got worse for the Hammers in the 31st minute when England international Carlton Cole collected an injury and had to be replaced by Zavon Hines.
In the 38th minute Green had to be at his best again to keep out Carew.
But West Ham were given a penalty in first-half injury time when Beye brought down Hines.
Beye was booked and Noble sent his spot-kick into the roof of the net to give the home side the lead against the run of play.
Reo-Coker’s appearance was met with the expected derision from the Upton Park faithful.
In the 49th minute referee Steve Bennett was at the centre of controversy when he awarded
Manuel Da Costa appeared to have headed the ball clear but Bennett clearly thought his feet had come into contact with James Collins.
None of the other
But justice was seen to be done for the home side when Young’s penalty was superbly kept out by Green.
The England goalkeeper dived low to his left to parry it to safety to the delight of home fans.
But their euphoria was shortlived when Young atoned for his penalty miss with a superb equaliser in the 51st minute.
There seemed little danger to the home defence when Young collected the ball on the left flank midway in the West Ham half.
Hines was the most impressive striker in the West Ham ranks and he went close in the 72nd minute with an angled drive that flew just over the bar.
An angled drive from Hines brought a fine save from Friedel in the 80th minute as the home side pressed for a winner.
Beye was then sent off in the 84th minute for a second bookable offence, a foul on Spector, to leave
Green made a superb save to deny
But it was West Ham who grabbed the decider when Hines fired Parker’s pass into the roof of the net.