Result: West Ham United, Aston Villa ends in stalemate

West Ham United and Aston Villa play out a bore draw at Upton Park in the Premier League.

West Ham United and Aston Villa played out a largely uneventful goalless draw in this afternoon's Premier League showdown at Upton Park.

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United reacts after a chance at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Aston Villa at the Boleyn Ground on November 2, 2013© Getty Images

Villa threatened in the opening stages, coming close through both Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann, but it was not all one-way traffic.

Stewart Downing came close for the hosts in the 13th minute, exchanging passes with Kevin Nolan before forcing a save from Brad Guzan in the Villans goal.

It was Guzan who kept the scores level seven minutes later when Matt Jarvis latched onto a through-ball from Nolan, the American pulling off an impressive stop from close range to keep the Hammers out.

West Ham came close again just after the half-hour mark, with Downing's cross from wide on the right headed inches wide by Jack Collison.

The Hammers almost took the lead in the 58th minute when a free kick from Jarvis fell to Collison, whose volley from the edge of the box sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

At the other end of the pitch, Villa were denied by the woodwork as Benteke's header from a Matt Lowton cross came back off the underside of the bar.

West Ham pressed for a winner in the latter stages with efforts from Nolan and Joe Cole, but the deadlock remained intact.

Manager Sam Allardyce of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on October 27, 2013
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