Aston Villa eased their relegation fears as they secured a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Villa Park on Sunday.
Christian Benteke scored from the penalty spot, while Charles N’Zogbia gave the Midlands club a two-goal cushion. A late own-goal from Ashley Westwood then put the Hammers on the scoresheet.
There was a superb early chance for Villa to take the lead inside three minutes when Jussi Jaaskelainen fumbled a shot from Benteke. Andreas Weimann pounced on the rebound, but surprisingly shot wide of the open net from just six yards out.
The Hammers then fired back with a chance of their own, but after Andy Carroll beat the Villa defenders in the air, failed to direct his header on target.
The rest of the first period proved very lacklustre, but five minutes after the break, the Hammers had a huge call for a penalty turned down when Carroll went down in the box.
The match turned on 73 minutes when Charles N’Zogbia went down in the penalty area following a trip from Mark Noble. Benteke stepped up to send Jaaskelainen the wrong way and give Villa the lead.
Five minutes later, Villa were two goals up when N’Zogbia fired home a brilliant free-kick.
With Villa looking like they had secured the three points and a path out of the relegation zone Westwood deflected the ball into his own net two minutes from time to give West Ham some hope, but it wasn’t to be as the home side held on for the victory.