Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham: Contentious Ayew penalty rescues point for Garde

Aston Villa and West Ham United played out a 1-1 draw at Villa Park this afternoon.

Aston Villa managed to snatch a point against West Ham United after Jordan Ayew's second half penalty cancelled out an opener from Aaron Cresswell.

Villa went in to the game with just one to their name this season, but were given some hope by a 1-1 draw at Newcastle last weekend.

In a close game, Villa looked to be inching towards half time at 0-0 against an injury-ravaged West Ham side, but the Hammers edged in front on the stroke of half time thanks to a superb long-range strike from left back Aaron Cresswell which gave goalkeeper Brad Guzan no chance.

It was a familiar sinking feeling for Villa fans, but they did end up hitting back in the second half thanks to a contentious penalty.

Villa striker Rudy Gestede was adjudged to have been brought down by Hammers centre back Angelo Ogbonna, though West Ham players argued that the forward tripped himself up.

In-form striker Jordan Ayew converted from the penalty spot to draw Villa level, and whilst Remi Garde's men pushed for a winning goal late on, they couldn't edge in front, and were left with another 1-1 draw.

The result means Villa stay bottom of the table with eight points from 18 games, whilst West Ham drop to eighth after making it eight games without a win.

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