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Red card a Hammer blow, insists Villa boss Remi Garde

By Stuart McKinley

Published 03/02/2016

On target: Michail Antonio after scoring for West Ham
On target: Michail Antonio after scoring for West Ham

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde claimed the dismissal of Jordan Ayew left the Premier League's basement side with an impossible task in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham.

Ayew was sent off for elbowing the Hammers' Aaron Cresswell with the score at 0-0, goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate leaving Villa a whopping 10 points from safety.

Garde said: "I didn't speak yet with Jordan Ayew. It will stay private.

"It was too big a mountain for 10 men. We were denied a penalty. I'm sorry for the referee but it was a clear penalty."

The Frenchman continued: "We started well. Then after that this penalty and this stupid red card, the game was over."

Asked about his future, he said: "I'm not speaking about that. It is not the time."

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said: "Unfortunately for them (Villa) that one moment of madness affected the game a lot."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said his team were good value for their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The Eagles took the lead through Scott Dann.

But goals from Marc Pugh and Benik Afobe sealed the three points for the visitors.

Palace manager Alan Pardew sent on new signing Emmanuel Adebayor - his first Premier League appearance since May - in search of an equaliser but to no avail.

Howe said: "We weren't very good first half, but we showed great resilience and we just about deserved it."

Palace chief Pardew added: "We just cannot seem to find a goal. It was a frustrating evening - a lot of good play, but another defeat.

"Bournemouth worked very hard and they scored with their two chances. It's hard to take that we've lost but we have to rebound. We lacked a bit of quality."

Northern Ireland defenders Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans featured in West Brom's 1-1 draw at home to Swansea.

Salomon Rondon's injury-time goal rescued a point for the Baggies - who sent Saido Berahino on from the bench, a deadline day transfer having failed to materialise - after Gylfi Sigurdsson had given Swansea the lead.

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