THE NOTEBOOK: Danny Ings fails to find the net against his old club as Hammers drop points at home

West Ham managed to climb out of the Premier League bottom three, but only on goal difference, after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa. 

Ollie Watkins opened the scoring for the hosts, finding the net for the fourth away game in a row with a header just after the quarter hour mark. 

The Hammers found a way back into the game ten minutes later, when Lucas Paqueta was bundled over in the box by Leon Bailey and the referee awarded a penalty.

Said Benrahma dispatched the spot-kick, but David Moyes failed to find a winner and were greeted by a chorus of boos at the final whistle. 

Sportsmail’s Kieran Gill was at the London Stadium to point out some of things you may have missed from the battle of the claret and blues. 

The spoils were shared by West Ham and Aston Villa after a 1-1 draw between the sides

Which whistle is which? 

In stoppage time, a phantom whistler fooled the fans into thinking it was full time. Boos rang round the London Stadium. 

But they had all been hoodwinked. Referee Chris Kavanagh had not blown. It was a prankster. When the whistle went for real, the boos returned. This draw lifted West Ham out of the Premier League’s bottom three, but the fans want more.

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No Danny boy  

Here’s a pub quiz question for you: who was the last Premier League player to score for and against the same team in a single season? Answer: Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 

He scored for Manchester United in the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, and then against them in the second half, after joining Arsenal. Danny Ings could not come back to haunt his old club here, however. 

West Ham’s £15million January signing made multiple good runs in behind but was never found by his team-mates, much to his frustration. 

Instead it was Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins who won the battle of the former strike partners. Watkins scored for the fourth Premier League away game in a row, equalling the record set by Dwight Yorke for Villa in 1998.

Danny Ings wasn't able to find the back of the net against the team he signed from in January

Danny Ings wasn’t able to find the back of the net against the team he signed from in January 

Buendia’s bark 

It was a sublime cross from £13.3million January signing Alex Moreno that set up Watkins. Yet Moreno’s afternoon did not get off to a good start. Early on he had Emiliano Buendia barking at him when he carelessly lost the ball. 

Buendia had to foul Jarrod Bowen as a result and he picked up the ball and smashed it into the ground. But Moreno grew into the game. He engaged in good battles with Bowen, assisted Watkins, and was a constant attacking threat.

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Has McGinn scored?  

John McGinn’s last goal in the Premier League was in November 2021. After this, he’s now gone 45 games without scoring, which seems remarkable. There’s even a Twitter account called ‘Has McGinn scored?’ I’m afraid he didn’t here, so the wait will continue.

It's now been 45 games without a goal for Aston Villa's John McGinn after another blank

It’s now been 45 games without a goal for Aston Villa’s John McGinn after another blank 

Hammers spot on  

We saw Emiliano Martinez’s spot-kick skulduggery in full at the 2022 World Cup. The Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper is a wind-up merchant in the extreme. Yet no amount of antics could stop Said Benrahma from blasting the ball down the throat of the goal for 1-1. 

West Ham have used five different penalty takers this season – Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Lucas Paqueta and Declan Rice. But Benrahma is now three for three and very much first choice.

There was no stopping Said Benrahma's penalty - he's now scored three out of three

There was no stopping Said Benrahma’s penalty – he’s now scored three out of three 

Pre-match entertainment  

Outside of the London Stadium, behind the club shop, is a field in the middle of a running track. As supporters turned up yesterday, they noticed a game going on. Those fans, with their pre-match pies and pints, watched as a bunch of Sunday Leaguers tried their best to play out from the back. It was a sight to behold!

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Moyes loves a Villain  

One positive for David Moyes – he’s now unbeaten in his last 14 Premier League games against Villa. Moyes hasn’t lost since with Everton in August 2010.

David Moyes has not lost to Aston Villa in 14 games, a record that goes back to August 2010

David Moyes has not lost to Aston Villa in 14 games, a record that goes back to August 2010 

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