After two consecutive victories, Unai Emery’s Aston Villa suffered a slight slowdown on their visit to West Ham and scored a point (1-1) thanks to the interventions of goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínezwho held his team with several merit interventions.
Aston Villa’s fight to enter the ‘top ten’ of the Premier League seems to lose strength day after day. In eleventh position since matchday twenty, they accumulate seven consecutive behind Chelsea, Brentford, Fulham and Brighton, the four teams they pursue tirelessly.
West Ham, in a state of alarm, did not make the game easy for Emery’s men, who, however, took the lead through Ollie Watkins after taking advantage of an assist from Álex Moreno to put the first goal on the scoreboard from London Stadium.
Aston Villa’s joy only lasted a few minutes, the time it took Mohamed Benrahma to celebrate the tie after scoring from the penalty spot to make it 1-1. After, At the beginning of the second, the exhibition of the Argentine Dibu Martínez beganwho started strong with a great hand to Benrahma himself, who later suffered another intervention from the Argentine goalkeeper in a shot from outside the area.
The trio of stops from ‘Dibu’ to Benrahma concluded with 20 minutes to go. The Algerian found himself with another hand from the Aston Villa goalkeeper, whom he could only beat from eleven meters and with whom he will surely dream this Sunday.
However, the performance of the goalkeeper chosen as the best in his position in the last The Best Awards, was not enough for Aston Villa, who with the final tie remains stuck in the center of the Premier League table. West Ham, at least, escaped falling into the relegation hole.