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West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth Live Commentary, 25/10/2022

FT
2 - 0
WHU
BOU
K. Zouma (45)
S. Benrahma (90+2 pen)
London Stadium

Commentary

That is all for tonight folks, thanks for joining us. Goodbye!
Bournemouth deserved nothing from tonight's match, but in O'Neill's defence, his side picked up injuries to two crucial players. Both Neto and Solanke could not finish the contest, and the Cherries will hope they can return before they face Tottenham on Saturday. West Ham's attention will now turn to the Europa Conference League, with Silkeborg due in London on Thursday.
The Hammers left it late in both halves, but all that matters is they returned to winning ways. Moyes' side scored with minutes remaining in the first half, with Zouma heading past Neto at the far post after meeting Soucek's hopeful header. While Benrahma missed numerous chances during the second half, he eventually came up with the goods from the penalty spot. Just as Bournemouth were finding their feet, Zemura blocked Coufal's cross with his hand, and the officials had no choice but to give a penalty. Algeria international Benrahma made no mistake from the spot, blasting his effort past keeper Travers, who replaced Neto at the break.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME - WEST HAM 2-0 BOURNEMOUTH.
90' + 3' In all the drama, the fourth official confirmed there will be four minutes of stoppage time. So we should be playing until the 96th minute.
S. Benrahma
Penalty Goal
West Ham United
90' + 2' GOAAALLL - WEST HAM 2-0 BOURNEMOUTH - Just as the Cherries looked to be getting back into the game...it is all over. With just stoppage time remaining, Benrahma puts the home side two up, and there is no coming back from that. He sent Travers the wrong way, despatching the ball into the top corner.
90' + 1' PENALTY WEST HAM! Zemura knew he was in trouble straight away, and he looked relieved when the referee initially signalled for a corner. It will be Benrahma to take the pen!
90' Referee David Coote has been told to go look at the incident...
89' PENALTY APPEAL! Coufal's first involvement may have won West Ham a penalty. His cross was blocked by the hand of Zemura, and his body language, and the replays, suggest he is in trouble here.
Pablo Fornals
F. Downes
West Ham United
88' With Downes looking tired in midfield, Fornals is now on the pitch for the final few minutes.
V. Coufal
J. Bowen
West Ham United
88' Moyes makes a defensive change, with Coufal replacing Bowen.
84' The Cherries are enjoying their best spell of the match, but there is a lack of quality in the final third. The intent to score is there in abundance, but O'Neill's side are forcing everything.
82' With Bournemouth coming back into this tie, the home fans are starting to get a little restless. One more goal for the Hammers will end proceedings, but Antonio has been quiet since he came on, while Bowen has yet to get going.
80' Whisper it quietly inside the London Stadium, but Bournemouth are slowly starting to find their feet in this match. For the majority of tonight's battle, they have been on the ropes hanging on. It appears West Ham have got tired, and O'Neill's side are now picking up more possession in dangerous areas.
77' Fabianski nearly gifted Bournemouth a goal as he dropped the ball after coming to collect a cross. However, before Tavernier had the chance to fire home from close range, the referee blew for a foul on the Hammers keeper, with Lerma, the guilty party.
M. Antonio
G. Scamacca
West Ham United
74' Moyes gives Scamacca the rest of the night off, with Antonio on for the final 16 minutes.
C. Mepham
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
71' Bournemouth defender Mepham talks his way into the referee's book.
70' It is unclear what snack Benrahma consumed at half-time or what was said to him. What is clear is his influence on this Hammers team in the second half so far. He has been everywhere for Moyes' men and deserves to score.
67' Bournemouth were always going to miss someone of Solanke's quality, but they have really struggled to get the best out of Moore. The ball has not stuck with the Wales international, which has helped West Ham recover and dominate possession.
65' West Ham have attempted 21 crosses in this match, higher than their season average of 20.3 in the Premier League. So, it is fair to say Bournemouth's defence have been tested and, for the most part, have handled the pressure.
61' RICE!!! The Hammers midfielder is not known for his exploits in front of goal, but he nearly scored a stunning goal from distance. The England international brought the ball under control from 30 yards out before launching a right-footed shot towards Travers. The Cherries stopper positioned himself perfectly and punched clear to keep the scoreline at 1-0.
59' Benrahma has attempted five shots in this game, more than any other player on either team. He continues to wait for his first goal, but he is playing with real confidence.
J. Zemura
R. Fredericks
AFC Bournemouth
57' Fredericks will also make way, with Zemura given just over 30 minutes to impress.
J. Anthony
R. Christie
AFC Bournemouth
57' O'Neill makes a double change with Anthony on for Christie.
56' SAVE! Travers gets down low at his near post to ensure Bowen's low cross cannot find anyone else in Hammers' colours.
J. Lerma
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
55' Lerma is shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Scamacca, which did look very high on the replays.
53' AND AGAIN! Benrahma hits another shot over the frame of the goal, only this shot was from the edge of the box. Third time lucky, perhaps...
52' OVER! Benrahma gets everyone in West Ham colours on their feet in the stands, but his right-footed drive from 30 yards out just flies over the crossbar. That would have been some goal from there!
48' West Ham have made a solid start to the second half, and they are dominating the early exchanges.
46' We are back underway in the capital.
M. Travers
Neto
AFC Bournemouth
46' Neto's first-half injury forces him off the field at half-time, with Travers now getting the chance to protect Bournemouth's goal.
Cherries boss O'Neill will need to tinker with his team after Solanke was forced off with a leg injury just before the break. They will now change their approach, with Moore known for his physical style rather than pace.
Zouma's goal is the difference between the two sides at half-time at the London Stadium, and that tap-in came at the perfect time for the Hammers. With just minutes remaining, Zouma flicked Soucek's header past Neto, and Moyes' side deserve to lead at the break. While Solanke forced Fabianski into a save, the Cherries were under the cosh for large parts of the first half.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME - WEST HAM 1-0 BOURNEMOUTH.
45' + 2' There will be four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half.
45' + 1' The officials consulted VAR for that opening goal, with Bowen's initial cross hitting Kehrer on the hand. However, those with the power have deemed it accidental, and it remains 1-0.
T. Souček
Assist
West Ham United
45' Soucek claims the assist, and all Zouma needed to do was flick the ball towards the corner. What a great time for West Ham to score.
K. Zouma
Goal
West Ham United
45' GOAAALLL - WEST HAM 1-0 BOURNEMOUTH - The pressure becomes too much, and the Hammers have the lead just before half-time. Moyes' men won a corner, which the Cherries cleared off the line. They failed to clear the danger before Soucek's looping header was flicked in by Zouma at the far post.
K. Moore
D. Solanke
AFC Bournemouth
45' Solanke makes his way down the tunnel, with Moore on in his place.
42' Solanke appears to be struggling, and it would be a surprise to see him finish the first half.
40' Solanke is back on the pitch, but he isn't running freely. Hopefully, for Bournemouth's sake, he can recover quickly.
38' Another injury worry for Bournemouth, with Solanke possibly hurting himself as he hit the shot that Fabianski saved.
37' Solanke stings the palms of Fabianski; the Poland international covered his near post well enough to keep Bournemouth at bay. That attack started after Soucek's sloppy pass in midfield, and West Ham will need to be careful.
36' Neo has just given the bench the thumbs up, but we will monitor his fitness up until half-time.
34' Bournemouth now have another injury to worry about, with Neto suggesting he has picked up a leg injury.
32' We are back underway, and Smith is OK to continue, which is great news for O'Neill.
31' The game is paused as Bournemouth defender Smith needs treatment for a head injury.
30' To ease the pressure on Bournemouth's defence, Cook goes for goal from 40 yards or more, but his strike ends up nearer the corner flag than the goal.
29' Scamacca's free-kick appeals are turned down on the edge of the Bournemouth box, and the Cherries are struggling to contain him.
26' Bournemouth are really struggling to break up play, and while Neto is playing with confidence and controlling his box, there's only so much pressure he can handle. West Ham have tested his resolve with crosses, but so far, so good from the Cherries' keeper.
23' West Ham have now started to take control of proceedings, and the crowd are enjoying their performance so far.
21' OFFSIDE! Neto denies Soucek with a fine save from close range, but the officials stopped the game and ruled that Scamacca, who crossed for the midfielder, was offside when the move started.
20' Nothing comes from the corner, and it remains 0-0, but that could soon change due to the tempo of this battle.
19' BLOCK!! Mepham comes to Bournemouth's aid as his lunging tackle denies Downes on the edge of the six-yard box. The Cherries centre-back was then on hand to race across the penalty area to distract Cresswell, but the left-back won a corner after Neto's acrobatic save.
17' Bournemouth will be disappointed with their latest counterattack, with Tavernier's loose pass failing to trouble the Hammers' defence after an error from Kehrer.
15' Scamacca has only had one or two touches inside the first 15 minutes, but he has shown some class when given the ball. Moyes will be hoping his players can bring him into the game as soon as possible.
13' West Ham's Kurt Zouma is making his 200th Premier League appearance tonight. He is the 21st Frenchman to make that many appearances in the competition, while at 27 years and 362 days, he's the youngest French player to do so since Samir Nasri in April 2015.
11' OVER! West Ham's fans can be heard throughout the London Stadium, but they are sadly not cheering a goal as Soucek heads Cresswell's cross over the crossbar.
10' After a quiet start in the capital, this game is warming up nicely. The pace is good, and Bournemouth have not come to sit back.
8' CLOSE! Fabianski is forced into action inside his six-yard box but does enough to deny Solanke and Christie. West Ham failed to clear a simple cross, but neither Solanke nor Christie could find a way past the Hammers keeper before the home side booted the ball down field.
6' WIDE! Benrahma curls a right-footed effort into the side of Neto's goal from a free-kick, but the Cherries keeper was never worried.
3' Both sides have been guilty of making errors in the opening exchanges and there has been little to get excited about.
1' We are underway at the London Stadium. The Hammers are wearing their traditional claret and blue kit, while Bournemouth are in their lilac away strip!
The two teams are now on the pitch, meaning kick-off is just a few minutes away!
West Ham won 4-0 in their last Premier League meeting with Bournemouth on New Year’s Day in 2020, in what was David Moyes’ first game of his second spell. The Hammers have never lost against the Cherries under Moyes in three matches.
Moyes makes just one change to the team that lost to Liverpool as Benrahma replaces Fornals. The Cherries are unchanged following the defeat to Southampton, with Christie and Billing flanking Solanke in the attack.
SUBS: Kieffer Moore, Ben Pearson, Jaidon Anthony, Joe Rothwell, Jordan Zemura, Jack Stephens, Junior Stanislas, Jack Stacey, Mark Travers.
BOURNEMOUTH (3-4-2-1): Neto; Adam Smith, Chris Mepham, Marcos Senesi; Marcus Tavernier, Lewis Cook, Jefferson Lerma, Ryan Fredericks; Ryan Christie, Philip Billing; Dominic Solanke.
SUBS: Pablo Fornals, Darren Randolph, Conor Coventry, Angelo Ogbonna, Michail Antonio, Alphonse Areola, Manuel Lanzini, Emerson, Vladimir Coufal.
WEST HAM (4-4-2): Lukasz Fabianski; Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer, Aaron Cresswell; Flynn Downes, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Said Benrahma; Gianluca Scamacca, Jarrod Bowen.
Bournemouth lost their first match under Gary O'Neil in midweek, with Southampton recording a 1-0 win on the south coast. Before that, the Cherries had gone seven games without a defeat to move up the Premier League table.
David Moyes' West Ham are now without a win in two matches, with Liverpool beating them 1-0 at Anfield last time out. However, the Hammers are unbeaten in five at the London Stadium, winning their previous four on home soil in all competitions.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's live coverage of the Premier League clash between West Ham and Bournemouth from the London Stadium. Having both lost their previous league games 1-0, both teams will be desperate to bounce back at the first opportunity.