West Ham United 2 Aston Villa 0

Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate were among the scorers as the Hammers extended their impressive unbeaten run at the Boleyn Ground to eleven games as the Hammers secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Slaven Bilic's side have made Upton Park a fortress this season and have not been beaten at home since the defeat against Bournemouth back in August.

The Hammers played the majority of the game with an extra man after Jordan Ayew was shown a straight red card early in the first half.

And the result was never in doubt after Antonio opened the scoring with an impressive header on 58 minutes and Kouyate finished the job with a well taken finish at the end of the game.

West Ham maintained their position in the top six and will be full of confidence as they prepare to face Southampton on Saturday.

The home side started brightly and could have opened the scoring after just two minutes.

Dimitri Payet weaved his way into the box and saw his shot strike Antonio and the ball fell inches past the post.

Villa, who were desperate for the points also had their chances and Carles Gil saw his shot from 25-yards on ten minutes comfortably saved by Adrian in the West Ham goal.

The away side were demanding a penalty just sixty seconds later after they claimed Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross had struck the arm of Antonio, but referee Jonathan Moss waved for play to continue.

Things got even worse for the struggling away team when they were reduced to ten-men on 17 minutes after Ayew was shown a straight red card after he elbowed Cresswell in the face.

The Hammers were determined to make the extra man count and Antonio could have got his name on the scoresheet a lot earlier when he was picked out in the box by Payet on 23 minutes and flicked a header just wide of the goal.

The home side came close again on 31 minutes when Aaron Cresswell's cross eventually fell to James Tomkins who saw his fierce shot towards goal flicked over the bar by Enner Valencia.

The best chance of the first half fell to Valencia on the stroke of half-time when he struck a free-kick from 30-yards which flew inches past the post.

Villa were clearly putting ten-men behind the ball and it was hard for the Hammers to break them down, but they were throwing everything at the Villa goal.

Mark Noble's cross on 50 minutes fell perfectly to James Collins who directed a header towards goal, but Micah Richards produced a great piece of skill to clear the ball off the line.

Just moments later we could have seen one of the goals of the season at the Boleyn Ground after Payet's corner picked out Noble on the edge of the box and he saw his volley superbly saved by Mark Bunn diving away to his left hand side.

The Hammers were then denied by the woodwork on 54 minutes after Payet saw his curling free-kick from a tight angle strike the post.

It was a question of time before the deadlock would be broken and the Hammers finally opened the scoring on 58 minutes.

Noble's cross-field ball superbly picked out Antonio who produced a great header from close-range and the ball flew past Bunn into the corner of the net.

Cresswell almost grabbed a second in spectacular fashion on 75 minutes as he took the ball down inside the box and fired a right-foot shot which flew inches past the post.

The Hammers were rewarded for their second half dominance when they added a second on 85 minutes and secured all three points.

Valencia burst clear into the Villa half before playing the perfect through ball to Kouyate and he made no mistake firing the ball into the roof of the net.

West Ham: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Song, Kouyate (Obiang 90mins), Antonio (Jelavic 88mins), Noble, Payet, Valencia (Moses 86mins)

Subs not used: Randolph, O’Brien, Oxford, Cullen.

Bookings: Collins, Song, Noble

Aston Villa: Bunn, Richards, Okore, Bacuna, Gana-Gueye, Agbonlahor (Sinclair 80mins), Lescott, Veretout, Ayew, Gil (Richardson 70mins), Cissokho

Red Card: Ayew

Subs not used: Guzan, Clark, Lyden, Grealish, Mason

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