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MOTM: Get your votes in for star player after West Ham clash
Pick your top star at Upton Park.
19th Aug 2012
MOTM: Get your votes in for star player after West Ham clash


It may not have been a win or even a draw but there were still plenty of good performances in the 1-0 loss at West Ham.

Villa's opening day defeat was a narrow one and they produced some fine football at times at Upton Park.

Karim El Ahmadi stroked the ball around effortlessly, tackled ambitiously and drove Villa forward when he could.

Ron Vlaar was a rock at the back with a masterful display in the heart of the claret and blue defence.

The 27-year-old even had to be told to exit the action to be tended to, because he hadn't realised he was bleeding profusely.

Stephen Ireland worked tirelessly in the central ground but just couldn't find the spark going forward to create a chance for ever-hungry Darren Bent.

Shay Given was rarely tested but when he was needed he stood up brilliantly while Nathan Baker did a sound job at left-back.

Ciaran Clark was also sound in the backline, reading the game excellently throughout.

But it's not for us to choose, it's up to you.

Villa fans can vote online for their man of the match for every competitive first team match.

And the choices made will form the basis for the Terrace Trophy presentation, which is made at the end of every campaign.

Click here to make your vote for man of the match against West Ham.

Previous winners of the Terrace Trophy include Dennis Mortimer, Nigel Sims, Stiliyan Petrov, James Milner and Stephen Ireland - and now you can shape where the glorious gong goes this time around.

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