Hammers exposed by five-star Cherries

West Ham United 3-5 AFC Bournemouth

With the new Premier League campaign nearly upon them, West Ham United boss, David Moyes, will be concerned with what he witnessed as Championship outfit, AFC Bournemouth, ran five goals past his side in their annual Betway Cup fixture.

West Ham looked sluggish from the off as the south-coast side made all the early running. Arnaut Danjuma found himself free on the left, but Dominic Solanke was unable to profit from the Dutchman’s toil following Aaron Creswell’s intervention. But when Danjuma wriggled through seconds later, he displayed skill and composure in eluding both Ben Johnson and Issa Diop before dispatching low past David Martin from close range.

And just after the quarter of an hour mark, Solanke too was on target – sweeping home from six yards after Cherries skipper, Adam Smith, had again exposed West Ham down the left.

Hammers defender Johnson was enduring a torrid time. Moyes had seen enough, replacing the 20-year-old just after the half-hour mark with Ryan Fredericks.

There was very little to be positive over from a West Ham perspective during the opening exchanges. Nevertheless, Jarrod Bowen halved the deficit, steadying himself before prodding past Cherries stopper, Jordan Archer, after Josh Cullen had knocked on.

And within two minutes the same combination had the home side level. Cullen with the pinpoint cross – former Hull City man, Bowen, arriving with a glancing header at the far post.

But West Ham continued to look decidedly jaded. Solanke was unconventionally snuffed out by Martin, but when a similar situation arose on the hour, the ball fell to Dan Gosling who rifled high into the roof of the net to restore the Cherries earlier advantage.

Martin undoubtedly should have done better with Bournemouth’s fourth which swiftly followed. The Hammers goalkeeper appeared to get plenty on Adam Smith’s angled strike, only to see the ball fizz through and nestle in the corner of the rigging.

This was turning into an embarrassing afternoon for the East Londoners. Jaidon Anthony was the next Bournemouth man to get in on the act, firing high into the top corner – the Cherries third in nine minutes – the Hammers rearguard again at sixes and sevens.

Substitute Felipe Anderson reduced the arrears with a glancing header which deceived Archer on his near post following a Robert Snodgrass flag-kick, but the goal was of little consolation to Moyes’ beleaguered charges.

West Ham United start their 2020/21 Premier League season on Saturday, September 12 when Newcastle United are the visitors to the London Stadium (3pm)

West Ham United: David Martin, Aaron Cresswell, Manuel Lanzini (Josh Cullen 33’), Mark Noble (Capt)(Jack Wilshere 63′), Pablo Fornals (Robert Snodgrass 82′), Jarrod Bowen (Arthur Masuaku 63′), Angelo Ogbonna (Fabian Balbuena 63′), Sebastien Haller (Xande Silva 82′), Issa Diop, Michail Antonio (Felipe Anderson 63′), Ben Johnson (Ryan Fredericks 27’) Subs not used: Nathan Trott, Conor Coventry

Booked: Ben Johnson (foul)
Goals: Jarrod Bowen 38’, 40’, Felipe Anderson 84’

AFC Bournemouth: Jordan Archer, Chris Mepham (Nnamdi Ofoborh 63′), Jefferson Lerma (Phil Billing 46′), Dominic Solanke (Jaidon Anthony 60′), Arnaut Danjuma, Adam Smith (Capt) (Marc Pugh 65′), Lewis Cook (Gavin Kilkenny 77′), Jack Stacey, Junior Stanislas (Jordan Zemura 77′), Diego Rico, Jack Simpson Subs not used: Will Dennis (GK), Corey Jordan

Booked: None
Goals: Arnaut Danjuma 5’, Dominic Solanke 16’, Dan Gosling 58’, Adam Smith 61’, Jaidon Anthony 67’

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Derek Eaton and Tim Wood
Fourth Official: Sunny Gill

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Brian Jeeves

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