Hammers grab late win

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West Ham recorded their first win of the season in their first Premier League match the London Stadium with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday evening.

  • West Ham 1 Bournemouth 0
  • Ayew, Carrol and Payet miss out
  • Cherries start well
  • Tore denied penalty
  • Antonio goal seals win

Match Summary

Michail Antonio headed home on 84 minutes from close range after latching on to a Gokhan Tore cross from the left hand side.

Coming off the back of a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on the opening day, the Hammers were looking forward to getting their top-flight campaign up and running, especially after the disappointing 1-1 draw to Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League qualifier first-leg in mid-week.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, came into this time on the back of a 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and Dimitri Payet all missed out for Slavan Bilic's side while Turkish winger Tore was making his first league start. The Cherries saw Ryan Fraser coming in for Lewis Cook as Callum Wilson started in attack for Eddie Howe's side.

Full Report

Bournemouth started the match well but it was Tore who enjoyed the first chance of the tie with an angled shot that was well blocked by Charlie Daniels before curling a second attempt wide.

Tore then found captain Mark Noble with a clever flick into the box on 10 minutes but the combative midfielder saw his pulled-back cross easily cleared.

West Ham's Arthur Masuaku then tried to influence proceedings in the east London sunshine but his shot on 22 minutes, after a poor Tore free-kick, was well saved by Artur Boruc.

Adam Smith did well to clear a dangerous Nobel flick on 25 minutes after Cheikhou Kouyate's initial shot was blocked as the Hammers upped the tempo in search of a goal.

And while there were loud calls for a penalty as Tore appeared to have been fouled in the box by Daniels, the referee merely awarded a free-kick.

West Ham showed signs of nerves at the start of the second half with goalkeeper Adrian especially uneasy in the opening moments although he comfortably kept out a Smith shot on 47 minutes.

King then came close to opening the scoring himself with a rocket of a shot after 53 minutes that forced Adrian, at full stretch, to tip the effort over the bar, as Tore rifled a 58th minute shot into the side netting after some good approach play involving Antonio and Noble

Ashley Fletcher replaced Havard Nordtveit for West Ham as Bilic looked to finish strongly with just 10 minutes of the match to play, and it was a matter of minutes later when Antonio broke the deadlock.

The player begun the move with a low cross that evaded everyone before finding Tore wide of the left post, and the former Besiktas wide man did well to pick out Antonia who powered his header past Boruc.

Bournemouth pegged the Hammers back in search of an equaliser in a nervy final few moments although Calleri might well of had the final say as he raced through on goal unopposed, only to see his long-range shot slice well wide of the Bournemouth goal.

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