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Hammers ease to victory

West Ham eased to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday and climbed into top-half contention once again.

The Hammers had drawn with Southampton and lost to Liverpool in the last two games but were not tested to the same extent by the Cherries.

The Irons were much more comfortable and goals from Kurt Zouma and Said Benrahma proved decisive.

The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half, on the stroke of half-time. The centre-back reacted quickest after Tomas Soucek headed towards goal, and flicked the ball into the back of the net.

Bournemouth felt Thilo Kehrer handled the ball before the goal, but VAR saw no reason to disallow the goal.

Benrahma added a second in injury time after Jordan Zemura conceded a penalty by handling Vlad Coufal’s cross, and the Algeria international stepped up to finish.

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The game was largely a midfield battle for the 90 minutes, but Bournemouth were woefully short on quality and saw both their goalkeeper, Neto, and their main striker, Dominic Solanke, subbed off with injuries.

The Cherries did have one particularly big shout for a penalty when Ben Johnson handled in the area, but there was no VAR check and the referee played on.

The Hammers climb into 10th with 14 points.

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5 comments on “Hammers ease to victory

  1. Ease to victory !!! It was dire football. We struggled to beat a terrible Bournemouth team, we were hanging on until we got a crazy var decision. I thought we were awful and I blame only one person. Moyes playing 3 defensive midfielders at home to Bournemouth. We played with only 3 offensive players. How long more do we gave to watch these performances. Nit long Moyes will be sacked very soon as these performances wont cut it for much longer.

  2. It was no walk in the park, Bournemouth were well organised and had West Ham under pressure for long periods of the second half although they didn’t directly threaten our goal much.

    Benrahma had his best game and looked really lively, probably his best game so far, he still dwells on the ball too much though!

    Downes gave a very solid appearance, he looked knackered just before he was taken off but looked very good! 👍

    Antonio hasn’t caught up with the change in the Referee’s approach to the game this Season, and seems to throw himself to the ground at every opportunity, someone should wise him up, it’s getting embarassing! 🥺

    According to the radio this morning we were a bit lucky with the VAR decisionsbut that’s football – when we saw that Mike Dean was the VAR man you knew things wouldn’t go smoothly! 😳

  3. I suppose its what best teams sometimes do, win ugly!
    The VAR decisions were correct according recent rules so the debate is are those rules fit for purpose.
    Don’t agree with usual let’s sack Moyes nonsense. He only had one other attacking midfielder on the bench and he is a bit lightweight. Bournemouth have been tough opponents away from home and kept 10 men behind the ball so all too congested.
    Bowen is now a marked man but did allow space for Benrahma, we missed Paqueta and another decent centre back. Johnson was poor so did not help Bowen anyway. I did get worried in last 15 minutes as we gave initiative to them until Coufal came on. He is far better than Johnson at the moment.

    • Agree with your comments except the one on only one attacking option on the bench. We had Lanzini, Fornals and Antonio and we could face played this team Fab, Coufal, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Fornals, Antonio, Benrahma, Bowen, Scamacca. If we had played that team we would have firstly won the game more comfortably and secondly we would fave put in a much better performance. Instead Moyes decides to play a defensive team with only 3 attacking options which made it all unbearable to watch. We eont win many games going forward playing like this and the curtains will come down on him. He has watched Soucek for nearly a year putting in one dire performance and fone nothing about it. He has to go as he is too stubborn to change and his decisions are really impacting our results and performances. The owners have not invested 150m to watch this crap..

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