Aston Villa have been denied a last-gasp equaliser by Ollie Watkins as VAR took centre stage as soon as extra in West Ham’s 2-1 victory on Monday night time.
Watkins, who had earlier missed a second-half penalty, thought he had secured his aspect a priceless level after aspect footing the ball residence deep into stoppage time.
A two-and-a-half minute session ultimately concluded that Watkins deemed to be in an offside place when the ball was performed into him.
Jarrod Bowen’s second-half header – the primary time he’s scored and assisted in the identical Premier League recreation for the Hammers – noticed the east London aspect transfer as much as fifth within the Premier League.
The previous Hull playmaker nodded residence Stated Benrahma’s cross to internet his fourth objective of the marketing campaign and seal a priceless three factors for David Moyes’ males.
The Hammers obtained off to a dream begin as Angelo Ogbonna nodded residence after simply two minutes – their quickest objective within the Premier League since November 2016.
Villa equalised on 25 minutes by talismanic skipper Jack Grealish, who produced a robust burst ahead earlier than burying his shot from 20 yards.
Dean Smith’s males went on to dictate the overwhelming majority of the primary half, however have been unable to construct on their early dominance.
Moyes despatched on Benrahma and Sebastian Haller rather than Michail Antonio and Arthur Masuaku on the interval, and that instantly paid dividends.
Inside 30 seconds former Brentford star Benrahma produced a superb cross for Bowen to go residence the match winner.
Watkins then spurned an excellent alternative from the penalty spot to get his aspect again on degree phrases earlier than the late drama ensued.
The victory is West Ham’s third in a row, whereas the defeat for Villa noticed them concede their first objectives on the highway within the 2020/21 marketing campaign up to now.