Saturday, 16 May 2015

Aston Villa 1 - 0 West Ham United match report Saturday 9th May 2015

Tom Cleverly all but ensured that Aston Villa will be playing Premier League football next season after his finish was enough to see off a blunt West Ham United.

The man on loan from Manchester United poked in from three yards to give his team the three points that theoretically means they will avoid relegation.

His manager Tim Sherwood was full of praise for the 25 year old, saying, “He still shows a lot of energy and determination and leaves nothing on the field. I'd loved to have played with him because I know when he gets the ball he creates chances.”

Cleverly failed to hit the net in 37 matches before scoring three goals in his previous three games. Sherwood added: “I said to him you don’t score goals unless you get in the box. He just needed to add goals to his game.”

With Cleverly becoming a free agent in the summer, Sherwood was asked about his interest in signing him. “We’d like to keep him. I said to him if you don’t sign he’s not playing in the final,” he joked.

It was a must win game for the Villans. With fellow strugglers Sunderland winning earlier in the day it was vital Sherwood's men didn’t get sucked further into the relegation rat race and they set out with a point to prove. With 12 minutes on the clock, Cleverly had the game’s first meaningful effort when his shot from the edge of the area was easily saved by Hammers' goalkeeper Adrian.

The FA Cup finalists got the lead they deserved on half an hour. Man of the match Jack Grealish jinked his way to the byline on the left hand side before squeezing the ball into the box where Cleverly poked home.

The Hammers' felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty in the 38th minute. A corner from the left was whipped in and Leandro Bacuna heaved down Enner Valenica but referee Lee Mason adjudged that West Ham captain Kevin Nolan had fouled Villa ‘keeper Shay Given.

At half time West Ham boss Sam Allardyce threw on Alex Song and Nene to try and earn something from the game. They enjoyed more possession in the second half but could only muster an offside goal as their best effort. Villa valiantly held out and gave themselves breathing space above the relegation zone with two matches to go.

After the game Allardyce lamented his team's lack of goals. "Our cutting edge has been missing for weeks now. It doesn't matter how many chances we create, we are not scoring them," he said.

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