West Ham United sealed their top-four place position as they thrashed 10-man Aston Villa 4-1 to condemn them to a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat.
The result leaves David Moyes‘ side level on points with third-placed Manchester City in fourth, while Aston Villa remain 15th, three points above the relegation zone. Ben Johnson opened the scoring for David Moyes side with a low drive into the bottom left corner from 18 yards after being picked out by Declan Rice’s cross-field pass.
West Ham United Extends their Unbeaten Run to Eight Games
Declan Rice drove into the same corner to restore the Hammers’ lead after Ollie Watkins had swept home an equaliser following good work from Emiliano Buendia near the byline.
Aston Villa rallied on Englishman Watkins but their hopes of taking the lead with the help of the Englishman failed as Ezri Konsa was dismissed for a foul on Jarrod Bowen, with the Hammers forward through on goal.
As they pressed forward for an equaliser, Pablo Fornals tapped in a third on the break and Bowen rounded off the scoring for West Ham United with another close-range finish into an empty net after good work from Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.
West Ham’s victory only shows how prepared the team is to maintain their good start. The victory equals their eight-game unbeaten run on their travels in the top-flight dating back to November in 1986.