Sunday, 21st August 2016
Michail Antonio's 84th minute header was enough to secure all three points against a lethargic Bournemouth side, who ended the game with only ten man following Harry Arter's dismissal for a second bookable offence.
And that red card - which occurred 15 minutes from time with the score at 0-0 -
proved to be the turning point as Slaven Bilic was rewarded for throwing caution to the wind by introducing Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher for the closing stages.
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Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
A relatively quiet game -0 as was the case for his opposing number - but the Spaniard was still alert enough to deny AFCB whenever danger arose.
Possesses a penchant for getting the wrong side of his man. Booked when he could feasibly have been dismissed for two separate offences.
Still feeling his way into thew side but a decent enough home league debut nevertheless.
Like the remainder of the defence he had a relatively quiet afternoon, although made one or two mistakes that may have been costly on another day.
The pick of our back four; solid in defence and an occasional threat up top.
The game seems to be passing him by at times yet he made several good intereceptions to halt Bournemouth's progress.
Not a bad effort for a player who was supposedly unable to walk 72 hours earlier!
One of the captain's quieter afternoons.
A fraustrating afternoon for the TYurkish loanee who just couldn't pick a cross - until five minutes from time when he sent an absolute beauty to the far post where Antonio scored the iwnning goal. His desire to run at defenders will make him a hit at West Ham.
Eager (perhaps too much) to impress having been restored to his rightful position, Antonio was everywhere - playing on both flanks and, late on, almost as a traditional #10 behind the front two. A magnificent goal was a deserved reward for his efforts.
Simply awful. Couldn't trap a bag of cement nor hit a barn door - although the effort (a la Maiga) is still there.
(Replaced Valencia) Had one excellent shance to score and made a hash of it. Shares the same physical style as Carlton Cole - hopefully without a similar goalscoring record.
(Replaced Nodtveit) Thrown on after Arter's red card in an attempt to grab the winning goal. AAlthough Fletcher wasn't directly involved, the plan worked.
Barely on the pitch long enough to fill his lungs. A tactical change to waste time.
Referee: Craig Pawson.
Man of the Match: Michail Antonio.
West Ham United
Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Sam Byram, Arthur Masuaku, Winston Reid, James Collins, Havard Nordtveit, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Gokhan Tore, Michail Antonio, Enner Valencia.
Goals: Michail Antonio 84 .
Booked: Sam Byram Winston Reid .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Boruc, Adam Smith, Francis, Steve Cook, Daniels, Fraser, Surman, Arter, Ibe, Callum Wilson, King.
Substitutes: Grabban (Wilson 74), Ake (Ibe 78), Gosling (Fraser 86), .
Subs not used: Afobe, Gradel, Brad Smith, Federici.
Booked: Arter, Cook..
Sent Off: Arter..