Half-Time Report: West Ham United, Aston Villa all square at the break

Half-Time Report: West Ham, Villa all square at the break
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West Ham United and Aston Villa are goalless at the break in this afternoon's Premier League clash.

West Ham United and Aston Villa go into half time goalless following a largely uneventful 45 minutes at Upton Park.

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.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton is congratulated by team mate Ross Barkley after saving a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa on October 26, 2013
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