PREM: Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham


Josh King nets his second goal three minutes into the second half

Josh King's hat-trick helped Bournemouth claim their first win of 2017 as they beat West Ham 3-2 at the Vitality Stadium.


The Cherries were without suspended duo Andrew Surman and Tyrone Mings after their fiery encounter at Old Trafford last weekend.

However, captain Simon Francis did start after overcoming a hamstring problem, while Dan Gosling was also recalled as Howe made two changes from that 1-1 draw at Man Utd.

West Ham, meanwhile, were boosted by the return from suspension of Antonio after a one-match ban, with the forward replacing Robert Snodgrass, who dropped down to the bench in their only change from Monday night's 2-1 home loss to Chelsea.

That means defender Winston Reid and striker Andy Carroll had both recovered from injuries picked up against the league leaders to also take their place in the visitors' starting line-up.

Bournemouth, looking for a first win in 10 matches, began the contest brightly, no doubt buoyed by their display last time out at the Theatre of Dreams, and should have taken an early lead after Sofiane Feghouli felled Charlie Daniels in the box.

However, after referee Robert Madley had immediately pointed to the spot, King - who scored a penalty at United - casually side-footed wide of the right-hand post, with the Cherries finding themselves behind 48 seconds later.

Harry Arter gifted the ball straight to Feghouli just outside the area, with the Algerian then finding Antonio in the area and the forward did well to place a low shot past Atrur Boruc and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net for his ninth goal of the season. The visitors were then fortunate not to have captain Mark Noble sent off after the midfielder - already on a yellow after protesting too much after the award of Bournemouth's penalty - lunged in recklessly at Dan Gosling, only for Mr Madley to let the player off.

The Cherries did deservedly draw level after a brilliant bit of skill by King, who in a tight space in the box lifted the ball over Jose Fonte's head with his right foot, before planting a low shot past Randolph with his left.

Incredibly, though, Bournemouth then spurned another wonderful chance to go ahead after Fonte was adjudged to have tripped Pugh in the box, only for Afobe - given penalty duties this time in place of King - to shoot tamely at Randolph. That miss was soon forgotten as the home side finally took the lead at the start of the second period after Ryan Fraser's dinked free kick somehow fell at the feet of the unmarked King, with the frontman making no mistake from six yards out.

Referee Madley did consult his assistant to ascertain whether King was offside when either the set play was taken, or when the ball was deflected into his path, with the duo coming to the right conclusion. But despite controlling most of the second period, Bournemouth looked to have thrown away the three points when Pedro Obiang's inch-perfect pass found the overlapping Sam Byram, whose cut back was then tucked home by fellow substitute Ayew.

The Cherries were not be denied, however, as Wilshere caught Ayew in possession, with the sub driving forward, before releasing Pugh to the left-hand byline.

Pugh's pull back then found the on-loan Arsenal midfielder and despite Randolph keeping out his close-range strike, King was in the right place, at the right time, to fire high into the roof of the net to hand Bournemouth a much-needed win.


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