English Premiership

Troubled Villa held by West Ham

2015-12-26 19:27
Remi Garde (Supplied)

Birmingham - Aston Villa fought back to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham on Saturday, but the Premier League strugglers remain in deep trouble at the foot of the table.

Aaron Cresswell struck in first-half stoppage time at Villa Park to give West Ham the lead, but Jordan Ayew converted a penalty just after the hour to earn Villa a share of the points.

West Ham have now drawn their last five league matches and are without a win in eight, while Villa saw their club-record winless run in the league extended to 17 matches.

Only three of the previous 23 teams who were bottom on Christmas Day have avoided relegation and Villa will go into Monday's trip to Norwich with just eight points from 18 games.

However, there is still a glimmer of hope for Remi Garde's side as the last two teams in the same position - Leicester in 2014 and Sunderland in 2013 - both went on to survive.

Garde has said that Villa need "at least 10 victories" from their remaining matches to save themselves from the drop and the hosts twice went close through Rudy Gestede to taking an early lead.

But Villa then needed an excellent stop from goalkeeper Brad Guzan to prevent Mauro Zarate from putting West Ham in front on 25 minutes.

Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate sent a header against the crossbar late in the first period, before Guzan was beaten three minutes into injury time as Cresswell fired home from the edge of the area.

Gestede, who scored Villa's winner against Bournemouth in their lone victory back on the opening day of the season, drew a low save from Adrian just before the hour.

The Benin striker then won his team a penalty moments later after he was brought down by Angelo Ogbonna, with Ayew dispatching the spot-kick for his fifth goal of the campaign to bring Villa level. 

Villa went close to adding a second 15 minutes from time but Alan Hutton's header was cleared off the line by James Collins.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.