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Premier League: Benteke and N'Zogbia help Aston Villa to crucial win

A crisp Christian Benteke penalty and a superb Charles N'Zogbia free kick gave Aston Villa enough of a cushion to survive a nervy ending against West Ham in a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

Aston Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar (R) vies with West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (L) during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, on February 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Aston Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar (R) vies with West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (L) during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, on February 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ìliveî services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. *** Local Caption *** 455428-01-08.jpg

Aston Villa 2 West Ham United 1

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert handed a first Premier League start to striker Jordan Bowery, a £600,000 (Dh3.4 million) summer signing from Chesterfield, against West Ham United at Villa Park.

Midfielder Fabian Delph, who had recovered from an ankle injury, and left-back Nathan Baker were recalled as Villa looked to end a run of eight league games without a win.

On-loan Wolfsburg defender Emanuel Pogatetz was given a first start by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, with Joe Cole also brought back into the starting line-up.

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