Aston Villa avoid relegation, draw West Ham

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Aston Villa have ensured their Premier League survival by draw 1-1 with West Ham on the final day of the season.Villa had only earned promotion back to the Premier League last season following a three-year absence with victory over Derby County in the lucrative Championship play-off final at Wembley. Dean Smith’s side struggled back in the top-flight despite a £130 million summer transfer outlay amid injuries sustained by key players such as John McGinn, club-record signing Wesley and Tom Heaton, and had looked likely to make an instant return to the second tier.However, key recent home wins over Crystal Palace and Arsenal sandwiched between a hard-fought draw at Everton – in which they were denied another victory only in the 87th minute – breathed new life into their previously flagging survival bid.That run of seven points from three matches – featuring some crucial goals from Egyptian forward Trezeguet – meant Villa exited the bottom three for the first time since February and entered the final day of the season with their fate in their own hands.Tags: Aston VillaDerby CountyWest Ham Unitedlast_img

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