Aston Villa edged out of the Premier League’s relegation zone after drawing 0-0 at home to West Ham in a game of few clear-cut chances.
However, there was plenty of incident as Villa team-mates Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings almost came to blows in the first-half.
And Hammers defender Arthur Masuaku was rather unfortunately sent off in the second-half, as the visitors missed out on the opportunity to go third in the table.
West Ham were the form team going into the Monday night clash but it was the home side who started with much more purpose.
They could have had the lead on 13 minutes when Wesley headed the ball over from less than six yards out, although Jack Grealish’s cross from the right was fizzed in at pace.
Villa continued to put on the pressure but their passion nearly got the better of them when El Ghazi and Mings sensationally clashed mid-game.
Mings made his dissatisfaction known with the winger for failing to track back as the Hammers broke in a counter attack.
But El Ghazi was having none of it and then appeared to try to headbutt the defender. The pair were separated swiftly and the incident was even looked at by VAR but neither of them were cautioned or sent off.
Mings would have been thanking El Ghazi minutes later though as the Dutchman denied Felipe Anderson a certain goal by blocking the Brazilian’s header.
Mark Noble was perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow card in the resulting melee after going down inside the box with replays showing the midfielder dived.
The second-half saw John McGinn go close but really kicked into life when Masuaku received his second yellow card after being adjudged to have felled Ahmed Elmohamady on 67 minutes. The contact on the Villa man was minimal.
It was end-to-end stuff in the final quarter and Villa should have won it on 87 minutes but Grealish failed to connect with Douglas Luiz’s searching ball from the right.
Both sides had penalty claims turned down by referee Mike Dean in stoppage-time too as Villa and West Ham played one of the most action-packed goalless draws likely to be seen this season.