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Premier League
Saturday, 18th August 2018

West Ham United 1
Bournemouth 2

by Staff Writer

West Ham fell to back-to-back defeats as a second successive Premier League campaign begins with two reversals.

Manuel Pellegrini clearly has a lot of work to do after West Ham were beaten far more convincingly than the final scoreline suggests at the Olympic Stadium, despite leading 1-0 at the break.

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Marko Arnautovic put West Ham ahead from the penalty spot 12 minutes ahead of the half time interval only for Wilson to equalise on the hour mark. The visitors went on to snatch all three points six minutes later when Cook scored from close range.

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Player Ratings

Lucasz Fabianski
An otherwise excellent performance was marred by Bournemouth's first goal, which some may feel he should've saved.

Pablo Zabaleta
Played an influential role at times in the first half but faded badly as the game wore on.

Arthur Masuaku
Another performance that would suggest Masuaku's best position is not at full back. His most notable contribution was a mazy, first half run that left three AFCB players in his wake.

Angelo Ogbonna
Struggling to develop a pertnership with Balbuena and it appears to be affecting his own game.

Fabian Balbuena
Last week this column remarked that it will take time for The General to adjust to the frenetic nature of Premier League football and step up in quality. That applies once again.

Mark Noble
Once again overrun too easily, too often; the captain is one of many yet to adapt to Pellegrini's style.

Jack Wilshere
Is Wilshere's contribution being inhibited by Noble's presence - and vice versa? Neither seem comfortable although the England midfielder was the better of the central pair.

Felipe Anderson
Way off the pace and earned the dubious honour of being commentator Tony Gale's scapegoat of the day.

Robert Snodgrass
A surprise inclusion and a surprise contender for West Ham's Man of the Natch. What he may lack in quality, Snodgrass makes up for in effort and determination.

Javier Hernandez
Having finally been given an opportunity to shine under his third Hammers boss, fans could be forgiven for expecting more from the Mexican.

Marko Arnautovic
Has started the season more like the Bilic Arnie than his far more productive Moyes Arnie. It's just as well he scored the penalty too, as the regular (and deadly) spot-kick taker Noble looked on.


Andriy Yarmolenko
(Replaced Hernandez) Lively for a second successive weekend. Should be in contention for a start at Arsenal next weekend.

Lucas Perez
(Replaced Snodgrass) Little opportunity to impress but looked tidt enough.

Carlos Sanchez
(Replaced Noble) Performaed adequately enough on his full debut for the club.

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Did not play.

Issa Diop
Did not play.

Aaron Cresswell
Did not play.

Pedro Obiang
Did not play.

Match Facts

Referee: Stuart Attwell.

Attendance: 56,888.

Man of the Match: Jack Wilshere.

West Ham United

Lucasz Fabianski, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic.

Goals: Marko Arnautovic 33 Angelo Ogbonna 65 Jack Wilshere 77 Felipe Anderson 89 Pablo Zabaleta 91 Andriy Yarmolenko 93        .

Booked: Mark Noble 40          .

Sent off: None.


Begovic, Smith, Cook, Ake, Daniels, Fraser, Brooks (Francis 78), Surman, Gosling, Wilson, King (Cook 90).

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Boruc, Musset, Ibe, Mings, Defoe.

Goals: Wilson (60), Cook (66).

Booked: Gosling (18), King (59).

Sent Off: .

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Jack Wilshere

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