West Ham United got back to winning ways following a two-game winless run in the league with a 2-0 win over 10-man Aston Villa at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.
- West Ham 2 Aston Villa 0
- Ayew sent off early
- Antonio opens the scoring
- Kouyate seals the result
The signs were promising for Aston Villa in the opening quarter of an hour before Jordan Ayew got sent off for a stupid elbow in the 16th minute.
West Ham dominated proceedings from then on and it was a matter of time before Michail Antonio gave them the lead. Cheikhou Kouyate then scored after the break to secure the result.
The Villans were well on top of the Hammers to start the game and Winston Reid headed over from close range before they had a penalty shout for handball turned down.
However, their good endeavour would turn sour in the 16th minute when Ayew was sent to the stands for a needless elbow on Aaron Cresswell while waiting for a throw-in.
It was all West Ham from then on as Kouyate had a shot saved before Enner Valencia headed over from point-blank range.
Valencia threatened again just before the half-time interval, but his free-kick from range flashed narrowly wide of the upright.
In the first notable chance of the second half, Dimitri Payet rattled the post with an excellent curled free-kick in the 54th minute.
Just moments later, though, Antonio finally put the Hammers ahead, guiding a lovely first-time curled header past Villa stopper Mark Bunn from a Mark Noble cross.
Kouyate then sealed the result in the 85th minute with a strong finish after he was played through on goal by Valencia on a quick counter attack having just defender a corner at the other end.