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Jordan Ayew scores Christmas goal to resuce a point for Aston Villa

The Ghana strker grabbed Aston Villa's equalizer through the spot kick

Jordan Ayew rescued a point from the penalty spot to hand Premier League strugglers Aston Villa a share of the spoils at home to West Ham.

Another defeat looked on the cards for the home side when defender Aaron Cresswell lashed home a left-footed effort in first-half injury time.

But Mike Dean controversially awarded Villa a penalty with just over an hour gone and Ayew, who has been a rare shining light for Villa, levelled.

Both sides struggled to really create some momentum in the closing stages and the only real chance fell to Villa right-back Alan Hutton, whose effort was cleared by Hammers defender James Collins.

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If Newcastle avoid defeat at home to Everton in the evening kickoff, Villa will remain 10 points from safety at the bottom, while West Ham, who have drawn five in a row and only scored two in that time, have fallen a place to ninth.

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