West Ham United and Aston Villa shared the points after a goalless draw at The Chigwell Construction Stadium in Dagenham this evening.
Both sides went into the game looking for an all-important win as they both hoped to move away from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s relegation zone but in the end they cancelled each other out.
The host’s West Ham went into this game sat in 10th position, two points ahead of Villa, who started the evening sat two places lower at the bottom of the league.
Olli Harder’s West Ham United side enjoyed an 11-0 thrashing of Chichester & Selsey on Sunday in the fourth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. The New Zealander made four changes from that side going into this game with Courtney Brosnan, Cecilie Kvamme, Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Kate Longhurst all coming in to replace Emily Ramsey, Maz Pacheco, Anouk Denton and Maisy Barker.
Aston Villa came into this fixture off the back of a heavy 8-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the same competition. Interim manager Marcus Bignot made five changes to her starting XI from that game which saw recalls for the likes of Lisa Weiss, Mana Iwabuchi and Stine Larsen.
West Ham United were the side to enjoy more possession within the first quarter but only had the one chance to take the lead as Gilly Flaherty headed narrowly wide of Villa goalkeeper Weiss’ right-hand post.
The hosts had another good chance to take the lead later in a first half which offered very few goalscoring opportunities as Brynjarsdottir couldn’t guide a header on target following a brilliant corner from Katerina Svitkova on the right.
Aston Villa started the second half as the stronger side and they were presented with a glorious chance to take the lead themselves when Larsen rose highest to beat the outrushing Brosnan to the ball but it was perfectly defended and cleared off the line by Hawa Sissoko.
Both sides were struggling to find the game’s opening goal and it was the hosts who next had a brilliant chance to score, however, Weiss did well to get down and deny Svitkova after Aston Villa struggled to clear the ball to safety.
Neither side could find the goal that would bring the game to life with both managers having to be content with a share of the spoils.
The two sides will meet again on Sunday 2 May at Villa Park in what promises to be another huge fixture in the battle for survival. Before then, West Ham United host Everton and travel to Arsenal while Aston Villa face Bristol City at home before travelling to Birmingham City.