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Saturday, 13th July 2013

AFC Bournemouth 0
West Ham United 2

by Staff Writer

West Ham eased to a third successive pre-season win in the sunshine at Bournemouth this afternoon.

United, fresh from victories at Cork City and Boreham Wood (6-2 and 3-0 respectively) secured a 2-0 win at the Goldsands Stadium through goals from captain Kevin Nolan and midfielder Jack Collison as the scorching sun bore down on the 7,000+ crowd.

The match, a testimonial for defender Stephen Purches who has been out of action since breaking a leg against Rochdale in February 2011 saw West Ham start brightly - so much so that the visitors were ahead after just nine minutes.

James Collins, back in the starting line-up having been rested at Boreham Wood on Wednesday night started the move with a wide ball to the advancing Guy Demel. The Ivorian full back pulled the ball back for Ricardo Vaz Te who delivered a deep cross which Nolan met with a pinpoint header, leaving goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan no chance.

West Ham doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Jack Collison took advantage of some confusion in the Cherries defence.

The home side felt that should have been awarded a free kick when Modibo Maiga appeared to foul Steve Cook, but the referee waved play on. That left the Welsh midfielder with a clear run on goal - and he finished superbly, rounding Flahavan before planting the ball into an empty net.

West Ham made a number of changes after the half time break - including the introduction of Dutch triallist Orlando Engelaar - but failed to seriously threaten to extend their lead over the Championship side, who were having a little fun themselves.

Stephen Purches made his long-awaited comeback from injury - to a standing ovation from Cherries fans - whilst former Bournemouth players Darren Anderton and Steve Fletcher both made cameo appearances in the final moments of the game.

Next up for Sam Allardyce and his team is the short trip up the A12 to face League One side Colchester United on Wednesday night.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
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Guy Demel
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Razvan Rat
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Winston Reid
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James Collins
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Mark Noble
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Jack Collison
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Matt Jarvis
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Ricardo Vaz Te
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Modibo Maiga
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Kevin Nolan
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Joey O Brien
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Orlando Engelaar
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Danny Potts
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James Tomkins
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Matt Taylor
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Joe Cole
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Mo Diame
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Match Facts

Referee: tbc.

Attendance: 7,000.

Man of the Match: Kevin Nolan.

West Ham United

Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Razvan Rat, Winston Reid, James Collins, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Matt Jarvis, Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga, Kevin Nolan.

Goals: Kevin Nolan 9 Jack Collison 45                .

Booked: None booked.           .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

AFC Bournemouth

Flahavan, Francis, Cook, Ward, Harte, McDermott, Arter, MacDonald, Fraser, Grabban, Pitman.

Substitutes: Thomas (Pitman 46), Daniels (Harte 46), Elphick (McDermott 46), Matthews (Fraser 59)S.Purches (MacDonald 67), Stockley (Grabban 74), Fogden (Francis 7.

Subs not used: None.

Goals: .

Booked: None booked..

Sent Off: None sent off..

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Kevin Nolan

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