Kurt Zouma’s controversial header and Said Benrahma’s late penalty ensured West Ham progress to the top half of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday. Monday night football.
David Moyes’ side have entered their 17th game in the table, but it’s a position that doesn’t reflect performance, with injuries a key factor in their pre-season soaring ambitions.
The mood music around London Stadium has been mixed as a result of their three previous 11 wins in part due to understaffing, penalty misses and VAR misery – but here it is. they are the ones who benefit from changing the rules before the penalty kick. the problem was put to bed.
Jarrod Bowen’s corner was finally glimpsed by Zouma after Tomas Soucek’s reverse header into goal – but it was a deliberate handball from Thilo Kehrer in a build, costing the Bournemouth players morale.
West Ham were awarded a penalty in second-half stoppage time when substitute Jordan Zemura tackled Vladimir Coufal’s cross, allowing Benrahma to score the winning goal.
The result means Bournemouth drops to 14th as the Hammers trail them on their way to 10th.
West Ham:Fabianski (7), Johnson (7), Zouma (8), Kehrer (6), Cresswell (7), Downes (7), Rice (7), Soucek (7), Benrahma (8), Bowen (6), Scamacca (6).
Register:Coufal (n/a), Fornals (n/a), Antonio (5).
Bournemouth:Neto (7), Smith (6), Mepham (6), Senesi (6), Tavernier (5), Cook (5), Lerma (5), Fredericks (5), Christie (5), Billing (6), Solanke (5).
Register:Travers (6), Moore (6), Anthony (5), Zemura (5).
Man of the match: Benrahma said.
8 steps from West Ham
The Hammers have played more games than any other team in the Premier League but have been given extra break to play the final at the weekend, so fatigue cannot be used as an excuse this time around.
Benrahma said he was called back to the West Ham team during the trip to Bournemouth. The Algerian winger replaced Pablo Fornals in the only substitution after the 0-1 loss to Liverpool.
Bournemouth are unchanged from the loss to Southampton in midweek.
As it is already Saturday of West Ham’s nine games in October – it feels like the moving month of football this year – all Moyes will care about is his side winning first. Bournemouth, who seem to have taken the Hammers’ injury curse.
It took up to 20 minutes before a meaningful opportunity presented itself to West Ham as Flynn Downes met a block from Ben Johnson only to find his shot thwarted but a superb rebound left Aaron Cresswell on his own. I placed myself and poked his net towards the top corner, being spectacularly denied flying Neto.
For Bournemouth, the first half will be greatly disrupted by injuries. Adam Smith was able to dodge his shot, but Dominic Solanke tensed when Lukasz Fabianski’s shot was comfortably saved.
He was only able to continue until half-time, when goalkeeper Neto damaged his right foot after an ordinary save. Immediately after Solanke was replaced by Kieffer Moore, the home team broke the deadlock.
“The law says if it hits the hand, it has to go directly to a player or his colleague to be penalized.”
Zouma marked his 200th Premier League appearance with his first goal of the season, but it was controversial when Bournemouth sensed a pitch from Kehrer in the build-up and the defender was glancing home from close range.
Eight Bournemouth players surrounded referee David Coote as the investigation began, but based on the new handball rules, they have no valid claim. Chris Mepham was in play after Kehrer’s initial contact before Soucek headed back for Zouma, meaning Coote and VAR Mike Dean could not concede the goal.
Neto won’t reappear in the second half, rarely threatening a plot change. Declan Rice has a long shot that is saved by substitute Mark Travers.
The visitors, with Kieffer Moore in place of Solanke, were leaning on pieces and the Wales forward almost provided Jefferson Lerma with a tempting punch but his knock from a long ball was overlooked. outside.
They nearly came to a utopia before Benrahma added the ball from 12 yards after referee Coote had been advised to consult the field supervisor to spot the foul. Zemura from Coufal’s pass.
It added to Bournemouth’s bad luck on a night when nothing went their way.
Moyes’ boys fight it off to be the best of the rest
Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds at London Stadium:
“Result-wise, it wasn’t a great weekend for West Ham. Victory over Aston Villa and Leicester plus Southampton’s tough point against Arsenal made the Hammers look ominous over their shoulders, just beyond three bottom team.
“Last Wednesday’s loss to Liverpool means that after 11 games, the Premier League group consists of the traditional Big Six and Newcastle for the first time since they took over Saudi Arabia.
“As for David Moyes, the long-timer looking to punch through the glass ceiling into the top positions, he will glance enviously at Newcastle’s claim to win over Spurs to secure Champions League spots. .
“West Ham’s momentum was tested at Anfield, but it was a performance that warranted a point. The win sent Moyes’ side into the upper half, but he will admit it was an underwhelming performance. clever and full of mistakes.
“After a summer that has signaled lofty ambitions, however, this is a small but necessary step towards West Ham becoming the island-breaker he aspires to.”
Unpleasant reality for Bournemouth
Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds at London Stadium:
“Gary O’Neil has had a steady run but with the clocks turning around and winter just around the corner, is reality starting to bite against Bournemouth?
“They beat Southampton last week, but they became the first team not to score against the Saints this term.
“Early season concerns that led to Scott Parker’s sacking have nurtured their ugly head in east London. Bournemouth are second in all respects, and are far from back after both Solanke and Neto were both second. was forced to rest before the second half started.”
“In between, O’Neil was angered by the feeling of injustice that Zouma was allowed to be in front of goal but his anger infected his own players with Jefferson Lerma and Adam Smith being banned. Cards in the second half were pathetic.
“It couldn’t be easier for the Cherries ahead of the World Cup with Tottenham next at Vitality Stadium. O’Neil will have to correct his squad and move on. There was a bit of spirit in the second half to keep the competition alive. until the very end, before we are all mercilessly delivered from the misery of Benrahma’s definitive punishment.”
Man of the match – Benrahma said
In the absence of Lucas Paqueta – expected to be sidelined for another two weeks – and Maxwell Cornet missing once again, tonight is a golden opportunity for Benrahma to bet on a regular starting spot.
The winger – signed for £30m – has struggled to get into a starting position since joining two years ago and the club opened their doors to welcome him in the summer of 2015. last. I was here when the former Brentford player produced a vibrant performance against Anderlecht two weeks ago, but inconsistency was his main problem.
Therefore, he often likes the ball too much instead of making a clear choice. Sometimes, less is more, and the Algerian shows he is willing to simplify his game to increase his end product. The toggle penalty limits a pretty screen.
Benrahma scored his first Premier League goal of the season, while the goal on the penalty spot was his eighth of the game, three more than Bournemouth as a team (5) and the most in a game. a match in the Premier League.
FPL Stats: West Ham 2-0 Bournemouth
|Reward Points||Zouma (3 points) | Cresswell (2pts) | Fabianski (1pt)|
England’s World Cup Watch
Together with Soucek, Declan Rice is the only West Ham player to appear in every minute of the Premier League this season. As he doesn’t always get a break in the Europa Conference League, that’s something Gareth Southgate will be very mindful of as he keeps all of his fingers and toes crossed to avoid further injury during next three weeks.
He has not been unduly troubled in midfield as he has completed 70 passes – more than any other player – against a Bournemouth who have retreated into their shell after the restart. Rice also took possession 12 times – a high match – so with nothing to show for this proof, he needs a break.
Jarrod Bowen, however, was at the edge of this game and was paused before the end. Given his hunger to score, he will certainly want a chance to score from the second minute after he was substituted following a missed penalty at Liverpool. It was just one of those nights for Bowen, and time was running out for him to become Southgate’s wildcard choice.
Zouma Highlights Night – Opta Stats
- West Ham United have won their last four Premier League home matches against newly promoted clubs and have lost only one of their last 13 at the London Stadium (W10 D2).
- Bournemouth have failed to score in seven Premier League games this season, the closest to any team alongside Wolves.
- West Ham have won five consecutive home games in all competitions as a top club since October 1999, with their fifth win in that game coming against Bournemouth in a League Cup tie.
- West Ham defender Kurt Zouma became the second player to score in his 200th Premier League appearance this season, joining Virgil van Dijk to do so in August against Bournemouth.
- Of the players with at least 10 Premier League goals, West Ham’s Kurt Zouma has the highest percentage of headed goals (91%, 10 out of 11).
West Ham return to Europa Conference League action on Thursday when they host Danish side Silkeborg to London Stadium (starts at 8pm). Bournemouth host Tottenham in the framework of the Premier League on Saturday (starting at 3pm).