West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth Highlights
After reaching another European semi-final in impressive style on Thursday, West Ham’s focus quickly switched back to their battle to beat the drop and they made the perfect start on the south coast with two goals inside 12 minutes.
Michail Antonio rose unmarked to head in Aaron Cresswell’s corner before Lucas Paqueta doubled the Hammers’ advantage with a header of his own at the back post seven minutes later.
West Ham captain Declan Rice, fresh from scoring his side’s third goal against Gent in midweek, then thumped the visitors into a 3-0 lead two minutes before the break. Substitute Pablo Fornals’ acrobatic effort then added a late fourth for the Hammers.
Bournemouth, who had won four of their previous six league games, responded well to conceding two early goals but Rice’s strike effectively ended their hopes of a comeback.
The Hammers doubled their advantage seven minutes later and again it would have frustrated Cherries boss Gary O’Neil. Vladimir Coufal won back possession and controlled Jarrod Bowen’s pass before his looping cross was headed in at the back post by Paqueta, who easily outjumped Jack Stephens.
Bournemouth were not prepared to throw the towel in just yet and Chris Mepham tested Fabianski with a header moments later. Jefferson Lerma was next to try his luck and Fabianski was again equal to it, but his best stop was to come next.
Dominic Solanke muscled his way past Nayef Aguerd and raced into the area, but Fabianski saved well with his feet to preserve West Ham’s two-goal lead after half an hour.
David Moyes on Postmatch interview
Moyes said, “There were so many good things about the performance. Obviously, the goals were a good thing. We scored four in midweek and we’ve done it again, so great credit to the players for the week we’ve had. Drawing against Arsenal, beating Gent and now winning at Bournemouth, I have to give them great credit for it.
“We’re trying to build some momentum and it’s happening at a good time for us. Since the World Cup, we’ve picked up a bit and looked a bit better. Some of the boys we’ve brought in are settling in. We’re also scoring a few more goals, which is what we struggled with earlier in the season.”
On Paqueta’s performance, Moyes added: “He’s either beginning to get used to us or it could be us getting used to him a little bit of both perhaps. But his goal was really good and showed us he’s got another attribute – that he can jump and head them in as well when needed. Overall, his performance was very good.”
Gary O Neil on postmatch interview
O Neil Said, “We didn’t defend our goal well enough and we didn’t stand up to West Ham’s strengths. We knew they would try to test us physically, with direct play and balls in the box. It’s one of their big strengths and we couldn’t match it.
“West Ham are a threat from set-pieces and we didn’t cope with it well enough. It’s disappointing because we knew what they could do, and when you don’t defend your goal well enough or your box well enough then the direction of the game goes in West Ham’s favour. The start from us meant the game was going to be very tough to wrestle back from that moment.
“The lads will bounce back, there’s no doubt about that. We’ll get ready to go to Southampton and we’ll get ready to put in a performance.”