Two important faces and a Mike Dean message – The things you missed as Aston Villa are denied by West Ham
Aston Villa’s encounter with West Ham United ended goalless – but there were a few incidents which caught the eye, none more so when Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi came together.
Villa couldn’t see off 10-men Hammers after full-back Arthur Masuaku was given a red card for two yellows after fouling Ahmed Elmohamady.
Dean Smiths side were wasteful late on after a bright start. Other than the goalless result, BirminghamLive has picked out some moments you may have missed throughout the 90-minute showing.
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IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
As expected, Mike Dean was the pantomime villain during this encounter with Villa and West Ham fans giving the referee stick throughout.
Hammers fans chanted: “Mike Dean, it’s all about you!” after he’d accidentally kicked the ball out of play early in the first half.
Hammers fans also gave Jack Grealish some stick, singing: “You’re just a **** Mark Noble!”
It’s becoming a regular sight: England boss Gareth Southgate coming down to Villa Park.
The boss was back in B6 again, just like he was against Everton in Villa’s last home outing where he called up Tyrone Mings for the first time after such a battling display.
He was once again in the Trinity Road Stand and no doubt keeping tabs on Villa’s skipper, Jack Grealish.
WES EDENS IN THE HOUSE
Prior to kick-off Villa’s co-owner Wes Edens enjoyed taking to the pitch to greet Dean Smith.
Donning an electric blue blazer, the American tycoon then took his seat in the Trinity Road Stand before filming the rampant atmosphere pre-match on his phone as supporters blared out, Hi Ho Aston Villa!
SNODGRASS BACK HOME
Prior and post warm-up, Robert Snodgrass received such a warm applause from the North Stand and Trinity Road stand by the players’ tunnel.
The Scot duly returned the welcome and clapped back. The West Ham midfielder enjoyed a brilliant spell in B6 during the 2017/18 campaign, making 40 appearances while scoring seven goals.
He was brilliant during that season, was Snoddy. The 32-year-old is still a popular figure in these parts and still keeps in contact with his former teammates.
As soon as Alan Shearer’s VAR explainer come onto the screens at Villa Park, the video was greeted with a chorus of boos, including one fan near to the press box shouting: “Oh **** off, Shearer!”
It was last time out against Crystal Palace, remember, when Villa were undone by such an awful refereeing decision with Kevin Friend blowing up for an apparent Jack Grealish dive before Henri Lansbury was denied a clear goal.