West Ham secured a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, with Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate clinching all three points.
Their job was made easier after Jordan Ayew was sent off after 17 minutes, but for a tim it appears as if the Hammers were contriving to drop points.
They kept wasting chances, despite dominating 65% of the ball, and Slaven Bilic breathed a sigh of relief when Antonio headed in the opened.
Kouyate’s goal came from a counter attack late in the game, securing the win with just minutes of the game left.
The real stars of the game were the Hammers midfielders, as they controlled possession in the final third, laying on chance after chance for the strikers.
Mark Noble was playing out of his skin, but it was Alex Song who was the real star of the game.
Song’s performance as a ball-winning midfielder was vital to the game, as he sat slightly deeper, fringing up Noble to act as main playmaker.
The Cameroonian midfielder has struggled to match his form from last season this time round, but his performance v Villa was certainly reaching those prior levels.
Following the games, West Ham fans took to Twitter to praise the 28-year-old for his performance in the game.
Verdict on @whufc_official match from the replay I'm watching? Alex Song needs to join us on a permanent. He dictated play for 70 minutes— Scott Davis父父父 (@h0ll0wm4n) February 3, 2016
Alex song getting better every game , which allows noble to play better win win coyi #whufc— Bob Clark (@bobclark56) February 2, 2016
Alex Song back to his best controlling the midfield @whufc_official— Harry Taylor (@harrytaylorr) February 2, 2016
Alex Song was class today. I'd love to know how many tackles and interceptions he made #WHUAVL— Christopher Neate (@Christoph197) February 2, 2016
Alex Song, absolutely solid defensively today but gave the ball away on countless occasions, needs to improve https://t.co/mPuHjT0caQ— Joe (@JoeKeepin) February 2, 2016
Alex Song is almost back to his very best. Love it! 2-0 win when we weren't at our best is very important!— Joe Watts (@JoeWatts91) February 2, 2016