West Ham United failed to disappoint by continuing their awful away record in The Premiership by going down 2-1 to relegation strugglers Aston Villa.
Villa have now climbed out of the bottom three and are now just six points behind West Ham in the league table, which shows you how close West Ham are to being sucked into a relegation scrap.
The game was extremely poor from both sides with Villa relying on two set plays for their goals and West Ham requiring the help of a Villa player to score an own goal to get on the score sheet.
The game had barely started when Benteke cut in from the left hand side and put in a poor effort on goal, Jaaskelainen somehow found a way to parry the ball in front of him to leave Weimann an open goal, in what was probably the miss of the season Weimann managed to miss the goal to give West Ham a huge let off.
The rest of the first half was a dire affair of hoof ball from West Ham and poor play from Aston Villa as neither side looked to break the deadlock with no notable chances.
West Ham came out in the second half looking like they were going to turn it around and put a good shift in, and for the first ten minutes they looked good before Villa came back and that was it, West Ham’s only real good spell of pressure in the game over with.
In what looked set to be a bore draw Mark Noble decided to hack Charles N’Zogbia over in the box for no apparent reason giving Benteke the task of rolling the ball past Jaaskelainen to make it 1-0.
The dust had barely settled when 4 minutes later Winston Reid gave away a clumsy free kick on Darren Bent which N’Zogbia curled home superbly, although West Ham’s wall just stood there and should any of them have actually jumped an inch off the ground they would have blocked N’Zogbia’s shot on goal comfortably.
West Ham then tried to hit back with Andy Carroll having an effort cleared off the line before a late own goal gave Villa a nervy final few minutes before holding on to secure three points and haul themselves out of the bottom three.
West Ham were really poor yet again, I love West Ham but without my rose-tinted glasses on I have to say we are serving up some of the worst games of football I have ever seen.
When Allardyce took over I was fully behind the man as I thought I could deal with being solid at the back and playing a more direct brand of football, I thought being stable in the Premier League would be fantastic, however I am becoming more deluded every week watching some of the worst football I have ever seen.
West Ham rely too much on Carroll, every other team knows this and are putting two or sometimes three men on the striker, however we are too poor to exploit the space being left by teams focusing on Carroll.
They say the league table doesn’t lie and when you look at West Ham United’s away table you see how poor we have been on the road, scoring just 8 times we are one of only two teams who have failed to net double figures in goals, we have also amassed just 8-points which puts us in the bottom three in the away table just above QPR and Reading.
Allardyce has yet to negotiate a new contract with his current deal running out in the summer, could it be time to say thanks for getting us promoted Sam and make a move for Di Canio?