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.
Premier League: Benteke and N'Zogbia help Aston Villa to crucial win
Aston Villa 2 West Ham United 1
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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