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Boleyn Ground (ATT 34,172) 18th August 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Dean

West Ham West Ham United vs Aston Villa A Villa

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  1. FULL-TIME: West Ham are off to the perfect start with a 1-0 victory at home to Aston Villa. Kevin Nolan's close-range finish five minutes before half-time was enough to seal all three points. Substitute Modibo Maiga should have added a second deep into stoppage time, but Nathan Baker got back to make the clearance off the line. Villa were short of ideas and have plenty of work ahead of them.

  2. 90+3

    WHAT A CHANCE! Modibo Maiga is clean through and although he takes the ball around Given, Baker gets back to make the clearance off the line.

  3. 90+2

    The result is the most important thing and Sam Allardyce is ranting at the assistant on the near side.

  4. 90+1

    Former Villa man James Collins has been voted the man of the match by the sponsors at West Ham today.

  5. 90

    The offside flag goes up against Darren Bent and we're looking at four minutes of stoppage time at Upton Park.

  6. 88

    Joey O'Brien combines with James Tomkins before Taylor loses the ball and Villa win a free-kick.

  7. 87

    Barry Bannan looks for Andreas Weimann's run, but the ball is not good enough.

  8. 86

    Ciaran Clark does well to win the ball off the rampaging Ricardo Vaz Te down the right.

  9. 85

    The clock is ticking and are West Ham about to get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start.

  10. 84

    The only hope for Villa is that half of the 16 Premier League matches Aston Villa have played at Upton Park have ended in draws.

  11. 82

    Villa have failed to win in their last five away opening Premier League fixtures of the season, since a 1-0 victory at Newcastle in 1999 and it's looking like another defeat this afternoon for the visitors.

  12. 80

    SUBSTITUTION: New £5million signing Modibo Maiga replaces Carlton Cole for the Hammers.

  13. 79

    West Ham have been the better side in the second half and have looked comfortable in possession. They've also looked much more threatening in attack.

  14. 78

    BAD MISS! Matt Taylor's inswinging cross is somehow headed inches wide of the far post by the unmarked Carlton Cole.

  15. 77

    SUBSTITUTION: Barry Bannan replaces Fabian Delph as Villa make their final change of the afternoon.

  16. 76

    Ron Vlaar picks the ball up 40-yards out and his deflected shot is well held by Jussi Jaaskelainen. That could have been tricky for the experienced goalkeeper.

  17. 75

    Ron Vlaar's clearance is poor and Matt Taylor looks for Ricardo Vaz Te in the box, but he struggles to reach the ball.

  18. 74

    SUBSTITUTIONS: James Tomkins replaces goalscorer Kevin Nolan for West Ham while Gary Gardner comes on for Charles N'Zogbia.

  19. 72

    Villa are exerting some pressure now as N'Zogbia wins another corner.

  20. 71

    SUBSTITUTION: Joey O'Brien replaces George McCartney in the full-back position for West Ham. A straight swap.

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