West Ham recorded their third successive Premier League win as Jarrod Bowen’s second-half header secured all three points against Aston Villa at the London Stadium on Monday night.
It took less than two minutes for the home side to take the lead, with Angelo Ogbonna towering above Matt Targett to head home Bowen’s corner.
The early setback spurred the visitors on as they took control of the game, and Jack Grealish’s superb strike midway through the first half deservedly saw them draw level.
David Moyes rung the changes at half time and the newly introduced Said Benrahma had an instant impact, picking out Bowen who found the bottom corner with a deft flicked header.
With little under 20 minutes remaining, the visitors were handed a glorious opportunity to level the scores after Declan Rice was adjudged to have pulled back Trezeguet in the area, though Ollie Watkins could only find the crossbar with the resulting spot kick.
Watkins looked to have redeemed himself with an injury time strike, though VAR denied him his goal following a marginal offside and it was the Hammers who secured the points.
That’s the match highlights out of the way, now to the West Ham and Aston Villa player ratings.
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 7/10 – Produced a number of solid saves including one from Conor Hourihane’s whipped free kick in the first half. Little he could do about Grealish’s goal.
Fabian Balbuena (CB) – 6/10 – Looked composed stepping forward but his distribution was found wanting on more than one occasion.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 7/10 – Lovely bit of movement to engineer himself space in the lead up to West Ham’s opener. Rarely troubled by Watkins despite the former Brentford man’s mobility.
Aaron Cresswell (CB) – 7/10 – Despite playing on the left of a back three, he still looked to advance forward where possible and produced a number of threatening balls into the box.
Vladimir Coufal (RWB) – 5/10 – Did his best to provide a constant outlet on the Hammers right but struggled to impact the game.
Declan Rice (CM) – 7/10 – Battled well all game and did a good job of stifling the busy John McGinn. Perhaps unlucky to concede a penalty for a slight shirt tug, but even so another good performance from a midfielder enjoying a stellar start to the campaign.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 5/10 – Neglected his defensive duties for the Villa equaliser as he was left chasing Grealish’s shadow having advanced up the pitch. Slightly overshadowed by his midfield partner.
Arthur Masuaku (LWB) – 5/10 – Lasted just 45 minutes after a fairly ineffective performance. Couldn’t pick out a man whenever he was given the chance to deliver.
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – 7/10 – Nice ball for the game’s opener and a lovely flicked header to restore his side’s lead in the second half. Very good display from the wide man.
Michail Antonio (ST) – 5/10 – Afforded a start in place of last week’s match winner Sebastien Haller but was hooked at half time. Clearly off the pace and lacking match sharpness.
Pablo Fornals (LW) – 6/10 – Switched to the Hammers right following the introduction of Benrahma and looked much more comfortable having barely had a kick in the first half.
Said Benrahma (LW) – 7/10
Sebastien Haller (ST) – 5/10
Mark Noble (CM) – 6/10
Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 6/10 – Little he could do about either of the West Ham goals. Solid handling when called upon but given very little to do other than pick the ball out of his net.
Matty Cash (RB) – 5/10 – Not his usual probing self down the Villa right. Struggled to contain the lively Benrahma following his half-time introduction.
Ezri Konsa (CB) – 6/10 – Will be disappointed to his team conceded two headers having looked relatively secure for the rest of the evening. Not caused a lot of trouble by either Michail Antonio or Sebastien Haller.
Tyrone Mings (CB) – 7/10 – His usual colossal self at the heart of the Villa backline. More emphasis should have been put on moving into midfield as the game wore on but defensively sound.
Matt Targett (LB) – 6/10 – Left completely isolated as Ogbonna towered above him to head home West Ham’s opener. Picked himself up to produce a solid display, always looking to surge forward and linked up well with Jack Grealish.
John McGinn (CM) – 7/10 – Fascinating battle between the Scotsman and Declan Rice, with both having success in the tussle and refusing to give up. Should have done better when given a sight of goal shortly after going 2-1 down, but a good performance nonetheless.
Douglas Luiz (CM) – 7/10 – Never looked flustered in the centre of the pitch and was always willing to receive the ball from the Villa backline. The kind of velvet performance we’ve come to expect from the Brazilian.
Conor Hourihane (CM) – 6/10 – Looked a constant threat from set pieces and could have found himself on the scoresheet were it not for a smart save from Lukasz Fabianski. Struggled to get into the game set pieces aside.
Trezeguet (RW) – 6/10 – Perhaps the benefactor of the Hammers paying such close attention to Grealish. Popped up in a number of threatening areas and was busy all evening, but couldn’t find a finish having been played in by Watkins.
Ollie Watkins (ST) – 4/10 – Found himself a little isolated in the first half but did well receiving the ball to feet. Should have done better with a close-range effort after Trezeguet had manufactured an opportunity. A miserable night was compounded after he failed to hit the target from the spot and saw his late equaliser disallowed for offside.
Jack Grealish (LW) – 9/10 – An all-action display full of creativity and guile. Regularly drifted in from the Villa left as he looked to impact proceedings, a move which saw him restore parity on the evening with his fifth Premier League goal of the season.
Bertrand Traore (CM) – 5/10
Anwar El Ghazi (RW) – 6/10
Ahmed Elmohamady (RB) – N/A