GOAL FLASH! West Ham United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

(18′ mins): Enthusiasm certainly seemed lacking from those arriving at the London Stadium. Nevertheless, selecting an altogether more orthodox 4-4-2 formation offered encouragement, as did an abundance of possession and an early opportunity, lifted over by Pablo Fornals.

But there was clearly something more robust and direct about the Hammers, and shortly before the twenty-minute mark, they took the lead. Mark Noble’s effort deflected off Lewis Cook, wrong-footing Cherries goalkeeper – Aaron Ramsdale – this after the busy Robert Snodgrass had fashioned an opening from the right. 

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Brian Jeeves

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