Premier League – Grealish and Cleverley combine to give Villa win over West Ham
Premier League, Villa Park – Aston Villa 1 (Cleverley 31’) West Ham 0.
West Ham appeared ready for their holidays from the outset, idling on the pitch but rarely making an effort recreate the form of their early-season performances.
Villa, on the other hand, still had something to play for with the race for relegation exceptionally tight.Jack Grealish helped put Villa ahead when he reached the byline and pulled back for Cleverley to tap into an empty net.
In the second half, Nene volleyed over, and a James Collins header was tipped over from a corner, but Aston Villa also had a chance. Charles N’Zogbia beat two defenders with a run into the box, but couldn’t squeeze a shot on target from a tight angle.
Grealish impressed for Villa, drawing fouls on the left wing, and almost setting up Gabriel Agbonlahor with a great ball over the top that he could not convert as Aaron Cresswell covered.