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Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham: Rice featured in fifth straight win for fourth-place Hammers

is Ham won for the fifth consecutive time after scoring four goals against Aston Villa, at ten, on Sunday.

Rice continued his fine season by creating the opener, delicately spraying the ball off Ben Johnson after beating his man with a neat turn. The full-back did the rest for his first goal of the campaign, pushing his efforts into the far corner.

Villa slowly grew in the game and Ollie Watkins drifted off the back post to shoot home without scoring and breathe some life into the calm crowd at home.

But the two teams were only tied for four minutes as Rice again made a revealing intervention.

Aiming every 30 yards his precise shot tucked away in the far corner, but Emiliano Martinez appeared to have been slow to respond in Villa’s goal. The Argentine nodded he was blind, but that didn’t matter to Rice, who had scored his third goal of the campaign.

After the blow, the hosts suffered another setback just after the break with Ezri Konsa’s red card. The defender sent Jarrod Bowen tumbling to the edge of the zone and a VAR examination confirmed his last-man tackle deserved a dismissal.

Tyrone Mings, left out of the starting XI, was hired although Kortney Hause escaped punishment for elbowing Pablo Fornals moments earlier in the same movement.

Watkins, refusing to come down quietly, hit the bar with a head that Lukasz Fabianski touched lightly. But space was still there to counter West Ham and Pablo Fornals sealed the victory with a rebound ten minutes from time.

Bowen, deserving a goal for a live display, was then rolled for an easy finish to rack up more misery for Villa.



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