Free highlights and match report as West Ham move off the bottom of the Premier League thanks to Pablo Fornals’ deflected strike in the 74th minute; Villa supporters booed their team off at full-time as pressure starts to mount on manager Steven Gerrard
Pablo Fornals ended West Ham’s goal drought to give them their first Premier League victory of the season with a 1-0 win at Aston Villa.
David Moyes’ side were bottom of the division without scoring and that did not look like changing after a dire first-half performance until Fornals saw his deflected shot loop over Emiliano Martinez (74).
Aston Villa had the ball in the net during the opening period although Lucas Digne’s corner had already swung out of play before Ezri Konsa tapped in.
Villa supporters booed their team off at full-time as pressure starts to mount on Steven Gerrard with this their ninth defeat in their last 15 Premier League matches.
Aston Villa controlled what was a dreadful first half, unable to create any clear chances, while West Ham had just one shot off target.
Konsa’s close-range finish from Digne’s corner was quickly ruled out and that was the closest either side came to scoring.
Moyes hauled off new signing Emerson at half-time, bringing on Said Benrahma and switching to a back four, which gave them more ambition yet it was not enough to prevent striker Gianluca Scamacca being hooked a little after an hour on his full debut.
However, as chances continued to be in short supply, West Ham finally found their first goal 15 minutes before the end as Fornals’ shot from the edge of the area deflected off Konsa and luckily over Martinez.