Moyes 2.0 starts with a fine win, rare win over Cherries & more- Talking Points from West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth

The first game of David Moyes’ second stint as West Ham manager saw the Hammers turn in one of their best performances of the season as they demolished Bournemouth 4-0 on New Years’ Day.

By kick off time, the Hammers were in the drop zone because of Villa’s 2-1 win away at Burnley, but they blew away Eddie Howe’s side to snap their four game losing streak at the London Stadium and lift themselves up to 16th in the league table.

Here are our talking points from this GW21 clash.

A very good win against Bournemouth: The Cherries have been tough opponents for West Ham in recent years- they were unbeaten in six against the Irons coming into this fixture, and did the double over them last season. However the home side’s first half blitz left the visitors stunned and forced Howe into making two changes at half time, albeit to no avail. The eventual margin of the win- four goals, was West Ham’s biggest Premier League win since their 5-0 win over Derby back in November 2007.

A real statement of intent from David Moyes, and perhaps apt that it came against Bournemouth- it was in the reverse fixture at the Vitality Stadium back in September that saw Lukasz Fabianski injured and the Hammers’ slide down the table begin.

Fantastic pressing and closing down from West Ham: Bournemouth were simply unable to live with West Ham’s pressing game in the first half, and the likes of Jefferson Lerma ended up giving the ball to the opposition time and again in dangerous areas. The Hammers took their intensity levels up a notch- their work rate was excellent, and Howe cut a shell-shocked figure on the sidelines.

Felipe Anderson scores his first goal of the season: Felipe Anderson hasn’t been at his best this season, and it’s probably no coincidence that the Hammers’ attacking struggles have coincided with his own slump in form. The Brazilian’s confidence appeared low for most of the game- there were a couple of opportunities he would have easily put away in his first season.

He eventually did manage to get on the scoresheet just seconds before being subbed off, courtesy of a fine ball from Declan Rice. Will this help him turn his season around? West Ham fans will certainly be hoping so.

A nice goal from Seb Haller: The change in manager also seemed to bring about a change in Sebastien Haller’s fortunes, with the French striker scoring from an acrobatic kick. Like Anderson, he was also one who needed to get on the scoresheet, and this finish again showed what he was capable of. Some parts of his link up play didn’t work as well as he would’ve wanted, but still an excellent evening at the office for the striker.

Hal

Aaron Cresswell’s red card overturned: VAR came to West Ham’s rescue- it appeared that Cresswell’s red card would ruin what was otherwise a perfect evening for David Moyes, but VAR downgraded the card to a yellow, and the left back was allowed to play on. Both Arthur Masuaku and he were on the pitch at the final whistle.

West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth (Noble 17, Haller 25, Noble pen 35, Anderson 66)

Comments

  1. Moyes is doing very well so far. West ham pressing on the ball carrier and advancing towards the opponent building up the play smoothly . Giving them the time to develop will enhance their chances closing up towards the top teams

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