West Ham United blew up Aston Villa to ten men at Villa Park with a 4-1 score as they continued their remarkable run away from home.
Ollie Watkins had canceled Ben Johnson’s raucous left-footed training, but Villa failed to shut down Declan Rice soon after and his long-distance effort erupted out of the post, before Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen failed. end a fiery response from the hosts.
For a team lacking in confidence, this was perhaps the worst possible start for Villa as Johnson went wild from the right-back and sent a left-footed shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.
It was the perfect start for Moyes in his 999e game as a manager, although any idea of an easy afternoon was quickly dispelled.
John McGinn’s good work on the right freed Emi Buendia and his signing withdrawal was confidently confined by Watkins to level the game.
Still, the Villans couldn’t hold out until half-time as England international Rice recovered the ball some 25 yards from goal and sent a controlled strike past Emiliano Martinez.
A bad afternoon soon threatened to turn terrible for Villa as they were reduced to ten men, although reruns showed it could have been nine.
Ezri Konsa received a straightforward red card after a VAR review determined he had deliberately brought down Jarrod Bowen, even though reruns suggested his defensive partner Kourtney Hause should have joined him.
Hause caught Pablo Fornals with a stray right arm in the face, but referee Chris Kavanagh felt the infraction only deserved a yellow card.
Moyes paced around his sideline and almost watched his team concede an equalizer as Lukasz Fabianski was forced to hit a header on the crossbar
Rice, who has already scored five career goals this season, almost found his sixth when he landed a scorching free kick to the bottom corner and watched in despair as Martinez fired the ball away.
The game ended with ten minutes of regulation time remaining for the Hammers, with Jarrod Bown sprinting clear after substitute Tyrone Mings rushed for a free kick.
Although Bowen saw his shot saved by Martinez, Fornals was on hand to bring the ball home and the score quickly became emphatic.
Michail Antonio escaped the defense and found substitute Manuel Lanzini in space, who selflessly handed the ball to Bowen and he added some extra shine to the score.
A tough day for Villa, but the happy Hammers have now equaled their club record of eight straight away wins in all competitions and head to November sitting comfortably in the Champions League places as fans at the ‘outside chanted’ Are you Tottenham in disguise? to the besieged hosts.