10-men Hammers hold on for point at Villa

West Ham move up to eighth place with a point after a match between Aston Villa in the Premier League game on Monday. (AFP pic)

BIRMINGHAM: West Ham United, reduced to 10 men for the final 23 minutes, held on for a goalless draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday.

The Hammers move up to eighth place with the point, while promoted Villa are now one spot above the relegation zone on four points from their opening five games.

Arthur Masuaku was sent off in the 67th minute after picking up a yellow card for a late challenge on Ahmed El Mohamady.

Villa’s best chance came two minutes from the end but Jack Grealish could not find the finish to a fine ball into the box from substitute Douglas Luiz, failing to make contact at the back post.

The home side had created slightly more, in a disappointing game, with the lively John McGinn twice forcing Lukasz Fabianski into saves.

In a strange first half incident, Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi clashed heads with team mate Tyrone Mings as the pair remonstrated with each other but no action was taken by the referee.