It took the away side 74 minutes to break the deadlock as Pablo Fornals fired past Emi Martinez with a shot from outside the penalty box, which not only gave the east London club their first goal of the campaign but their first win as well.
Despite having more shots at goal than the Hammers (9 vs 7), Steven Gerrard’s side were not able to find the back of the net to help them avoid defeat.
In terms of individual performances, one figure that didn’t have a particularly good day at the office for was Danny Ings.
Completing just ten of the 13 passes he attempted, Ings misplaced the one cross and one long ball he attempted, as well as only having one shot at goal, which ended up being off target.
Things weren’t much better for him off the ball either, as the striker was caught offside twice and failed to make even one tackle or interception for his side.
This display ultimately earned the centre-forward an underwhelming overall match rating of 6.7/10 from SofaScore, making him one of the lowest-rated Villa players on the day, even lower than Leon Bailey (6.9/10) who came on for Ings in the second half, which shows just much he let his manager down.
After being left out of the starting XI for last weekend’s defeat against Crystal Palace, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Gerrard thinks the 30-year-old did enough in this game to warrant a place in the team for their next league fixture against Arsenal in midweek.
Villa have lost three of their four league games and are set to take on the only side who are yet to taste defeat in the division next, so Ings and the rest of his teammates will be under immense pressure if results don’t start going their way soon.