Aston Villa and West Ham United played out a goalless draw.
It is a game that will be better remembered for an argument and a clash between teammates, Anwar El Ghazi, and Tyrone Mings than the enthralling footballing action.
The pair appeared to have a heated exchange shouting in one another’s face. The confrontation eventually led to El Ghazi putting his head in the chest of Mings.
The game itself was open, and both teams created chances but were equally up to defending well too.
There were frantic attacks late on, with claims for penalties by both teams, but neither could find the necessary quality touch to bag all three points.
Villa’s John McGinn had the game’s better chances, forcing Lukasz Fabianski into two saves.
The game had more tough tackling than it did goal scoring opportunities.
There were five yellow cards in the game, of which two of them went to Masuaku. He collected one in each half.
The first was straightforward, with a heavy challenge on Frederic Guilbert, who had to receive treatment.
The second was a tackle on Villas Ahmed Elmohamady. the Villa man went down easily, and Referee Mike Dean did not hesitate to issue the 102nd red card of his Premier League career.
According to the BBC’s pundit Chris Sutton, it was definitely a foul.
“There was in no doubt that it was the right decision, the tackle was reckless and brainless.”
West Ham had to hang on for the last 23 minutes man down.
After the game, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to the BBC.
“It was a typical sending off when you play away, with the pressure of the fans in every foul.”
“We played with 10 men exactly the same as 11.”
“I’m very happy with the personality and performance. If you cannot win, don’t lose it.”
“We did a complete game. I want to see in every game the attitude we saw tonight. I’m happy with the way we’re improving.”
Villa manager Dean Smith was disappointed his team did not capitalise on the one man advantage.
“I thought 11 v 11 we were really good and created the best chances. I expected a little better of us when they went down to 10.”
“We never used that extra man and got rushed on the ball rather than keeping our structure.”
His captain Jack Grealish agreed with his manager, adding:
“We got worse when they went down to 10 men. We tried to rush things and force things and give the ball away.”
“We were brilliant defensively, with our second clean sheet in row at Villa Park.”
“We need to be deadlier in front of goal. As soon as we are, everything will click into place.”
The result moves Villa out of the relegation zone and puts West Ham up to eighth on the same points as all the teams as high as third.