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Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham: Nolan & Collison hand Hammers win

Despite a fine start by the home side, two first half goals saw the Hammers record a decent win ahead of the new season, while they also struck the frame of the goal twice

By John Stammers at Dean Court

 Kevin Nolan of West Ham
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West Ham were made to work hard for what might sound like a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bournemouth as their pre-season preparations continued on Saturday.

Kevin Nolan opened the scoring for the Hammers with Jack Collison making it 2-0 just before half-time. The second 45 minutes of the pre-season test - that doubled as Hammers academy graduate Stephen Purches' testimonial - saw far less action as both sides clearly tired.

Andy Carroll (heel) missed out for the Premier League side but Sam Allardyce named an otherwise strong line-up with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Matthew Jarvis and new signing Razvan Rat all starting.

Purches, who was celebrating ten years with the Cherries, started on the bench after missing the last 18 months with a double leg break, however new signings Elliott Ward and Ian Harte, from Norwich and Reading respectively, both featured.

And it was the newly-promoted Championship outfit that started the brightest, creating two good chances within five minutes. Winston Reid was caught out just inside the Hammers' half allowing Brett Pitman to play in Lewis Grabban, but the forward's effort was tame. Harry Arter then called Jussi Jaaskelainen into an impressive save at his near post after a quick, short corner.

The intensity continued with Guy Demel forcing a corner for West Ham after a dangerous cross from the right. Ricardo Vaz Te headed over but both Collison & Mark Noble went close in the moves that followed - the former's effort parried behind by Darryl Flahavan and the latter's swerving just wide of the post.

The visiting side did then take the lead through their captain‪ Nolan‬, with just under ten minutes played. It was Demel that created the goal with another fine ball in from the right, leaving the midfielder with a simple header home.

Allardyce's men threatened to take control of the match but Bournemouth remained dangerous on the counter with the lively Pitman seeing an acrobatic effort blocked by Reid. The tempo then slowed, as temperatures soared, but with around half an hour played only a last-ditch intervention from Demel stopped Ryan Fraser from a simple finish after a quick breakaway.

Down the other end Nolan went close to bagging a second - heading onto the bar from Demel's cross - before Collison doubled the Hammers' lead by rounding the keeper and tapping home after, somewhat controversially, the hosts were not given a free kick for a challenge on the halfway line.

Cherries substitute Wes Thomas squandered a brilliant chance to get a goal back just after the break, with Modibo Maiga also heading wide from a great position for West Ham as the pace of the game slowed even further.

Allardyce will hope the injury that forced Nolan to limp off is nothing too serious, and made sure the rest of his players got a sufficient rest by making several changes at the hour mark - Joe Cole & Ravel Morrison among those put on.

Purches was then given a standing ovation for taking to the field on his big occasion as more changes were made. Hammers attacker Maiga almost made it an unhappy entrance for the Cherries man, though, attempting a delicate lob over Flahavan's head, but was denied by the post.

Former Cherries, Tottenham & England midfielder Darren Anderton made a short cameo from the bench with under ten minutes remaining, but could do nothing to prevent West Ham securing the win.


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