Aston Villa failed to cash in on slip-ups by their Champions League chasing rivals as West Ham earned a shock share of the spoils in a goalless draw to move out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three.
Villa could have closed the gap on the top four after Manchester City - beaten at Everton - and Tottenham, held at home by Hull, both dropped points on Saturday.
But a combination of a below-par performance and some fine saves by Robert Green meant they had to settle for their first goalless draw of the campaign in the top flight.
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