Aaron Cresswell scored his second goal in as many games as West Ham pegged back Bournemouth in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Vitality Stadium.
The home side failed to get anything going in the opening 45 as West Ham's midfielders controlled proceedings. However, the sides went into the break at one apiece after Josh King cancelled out a fantastic Andriy Yarmolenko finish.
The second period was an open, enthralling contest. One that started with a Callum Wilson goal after 29 seconds to give the home side the lead.
West Ham still looked dangerous and never looked out of the game, getting their reward with a Cresswell equaliser 16 minutes from time, just after Wilson missed a golden chance to put the game to bed.
Here's 90min's breakdown of the game.
Key Talking Point
Despite going in at the break at 1-1, things didn't look too promising for Eddie Howe's side after an underwhelming performance.
Out-manned in midfield, striker's non-existent and West Ham dominating, it looked inevitable that the Hammers would take all three points.
However, the goal from Callum Wilson within a minute of the second-half kicking off was ultimately a turning point for the home side.
The goal came from a neat piece of footwork from Dominic Solanke on the edge of the West Ham box, the ball then falling to Wilson via a fouled King and the England international made no mistake from just inside the area.
After that, the game became a great contest. Bournemouth's creators started to find more space and the two up top had much more of an impact on proceedings.
Starting XI: Ramsdale (7); Stacey (5), S.Cook (6), Ake (6), Rico (6); H.Wilson (5), Billing (6), Lerma (7), King (7*); Solanke (5), C.Wilson (6)
Substitutes: Groeneveld (6), Francis (N/A), L.Cook (N/A)
It wasn't the best performance from Eddie Howe's side and it was tough to find a player that stood out. However, as the game wore on, Josh King started to have a greater influence on the game.
The Norwegian international scored Bournemouth's first after a Diego Rico cross fortuitously bounced off Nathan Ake and into the path of an unmarked King, who scored only his second goal from open play in 14 Premier League games.
GOAL: Bournemouth 1 - 1 West Ham United. Josh King's goal finally stands. It's all square. #BOUWHU— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) September 28, 2019
He worked hard on the left in the opening period and looked to be the home sides greatest threat.
In the latter stages, we saw him drift to a more natural central position and he could've easily had a penalty after a tussle with goalscorer Cresswell.
West Ham United
Key Talking Point
Despite only getting a point, this West Ham side look to be progressing very well under Manuel Pellegrini this season.
In the first half, they were excellent, playing Bournemouth off the park - despite failing to create many opportunities.
Rice in particular was outstanding, with his reading of the game exceptional. Confident in possession, he drove forward and looked positive every time he picked up the ball.
Declan Rice’s game by numbers vs. Bournemouth:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 28, 2019
93% pass accuracy
22 forward passes
18 ball recoveries (most on the pitch)
6 interceptions (most on the pitch)
10 more ball recoveries and 3 more interceptions than any other West Ham player. pic.twitter.com/L600hGFyXv
Overall, Pellegrini should be pleased with some of the free-flowing, quick football his side displayed throughout, especially in the opening 45 minutes. This looks like the best West Ham side in a long time and judging by today's performance, there's no reason why they shouldn't be pushing for a European spot come May.
Starting XI: Fabianski (6); Fredericks (7), Diop (7), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (7); Rice (8); Yarmolenko (9*), Noble (7), Fornals (7), Anderson (5); Haller (6)
Substitutes: Roberto (7), Lanzini (6), Wilshere (6)
After missing the majority of his debut season with an Achilles rupture. Andriy Yarmolenko put in his finest display in a West Ham shirt on the South Coast, scoring the first and heavily influencing the Hammers' second.
The winger showed his ability to move inside and play centrally, as well as hug the touchline, and seems to have established a great connection with striker Sebastien Haller and right-back Ryan Fredericks.
In an impressive first-half display from his side, Yarmolenko was at the helm of most things for the visitors; creating chances from his own half with excellent switches of play and bringing Fredericks into play when the full-back bombed on.
His work-rate defensively also meant he was able to nullify Bournemouth left-back Diego Rico from doing any harm in the final third.
GOAL— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 28, 2019
Bournemouth 0-1 West Ham (Yarmolenko 9')
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West Ham move up to third for the time being whilst Bournemouth climb to seventh.
Next up, the Hammers host Crystal Palace in the late kick-off at the London Stadium, whilst Bournemouth travel to north London to play Arsenal on Sunday.
Source : 90min