West Ham 4—0 Bournemouth
DAVID MOYES began his second spell in charge of West Ham in ideal fashion with a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Bournemouth.
Mark Noble scored twice while Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson were also on target as the Hammers stopped the rot that had set in under Manuel Pellegrini.
Having dispensed with Pellegrini’s services following last Saturday’s soul-sapping home defeat by Leicester, West Ham wasted little time in turning to the man who saved them from relegation two seasons ago.
Moyes received a lukewarm reception from the home fans before kick-off, but they were somewhat noisier come the final whistle as the hosts moved out of the relegation zone. West Ham took a 17th-minute lead when Robert Snodgrass exchanged passes with Anderson and reached the byline before pulling the ball back for Noble to score via a deflection off Lewis Cook.
Nine minutes later the hosts doubled their lead when Ryan Fredericks overlapped down the right and crossed towards Haller. The French striker, who looked drained of confidence under Pellegrini, showed a glimpse of why he cost £45million with a fine acrobatic volley.
The Londoners were in uncharted territory by the 35th minute when Noble scurried into the area and tumbled to the floor under Harry Wilson’s challenge. Noble appeared to have tripped himself over but a VAR check still deemed he had been fouled, and the Hammers skipper tucked away the penalty.
Anderson grabbed the fourth, collecting Declan Rice’s pass and rolling the ball under Aaron Ramsdale.
Everything was going West Ham’s way, so much so that Aaron Cresswell even had a late red card for a foul on Ryan Fraser downgraded to a yellow by VAR.