West Ham 2-0 Bournemouth (Zouma ’45, Benrahma pen ’90+2)
LONDON STADIUM — Two extra moments of VAR mayhem noticed West Ham declare a controversial, if deserved, victory over Bournemouth to maneuver into the highest half of the Premier League for the primary time this season.
One of many seven groups they leapfrogged was guests Bournemouth, whose shiny begin beneath interim supervisor Gary O’Neil now appears to be fading.
O’Neil was clearly horrified that Kurt Zouma’s opening purpose simply earlier than half-time was allowed to face despite replays clearly exhibiting that the ball bounced up off the hand of Thilo Kehrer as a West Ham nook got here in.
Referee David Coote then awarded an injury-time penalty to West Ham, transformed by Mentioned Benrahma, on the recommendation of VAR after Vladimir Coufal’s cross struck the arm of Jordan Zemura.
Zouma’s purpose was the extra pivotal, nonetheless. The ball stayed in play previous to Tomas Soucek nodding it ahead and Zouma glancing it over the road.
Whereas Kehrer’s contact was unintentional and didn’t lead instantly result in the purpose, it was undoubtedly central to it, a degree made vociferously by O’Neil because the groups left the sphere for half-time.
West Ham supervisor David Moyes steered after his aspect’s current draw at Southampton that the VAR official that day ought to have gone to Specsavers. He could have been glad on this event that video referee Mike Dean hadn’t. Or not less than that he selected to interpret this season’s change of legislation actually.
The early exchanges have been notable for a Benrahma free-kick from out extensive which was whipped straight into the aspect netting, whereas on the different finish, Dominic Solanke’s business brought about a momentary consumption of breath because the ball ricocheted across the West Ham space.
It took a second of ingenuity from Jarrod Bowen after 19 minutes to inject some urgency into West Ham play that was too sterile at instances.
The striker dropped deeper earlier than floating a reverse chip into the trail of Ben Johnson whose low cross ultimately led to Flynn Downes placing his shot into the physique of Chris Mepham.
Aaron Cresswell’s follow-up was then deflected over bar earlier than Soucek noticed one other close-range effort saved by Bournemouth keeper Neto a minute later.
It appeared the sport would limp to half-time as badly because the Bournemouth gamers, who required therapy for a succession of leg accidents.
It was after Solanke went down for a second time within the 45th minute and was changed by Kieffer Moore that the disruption of play was adopted by West Ham’s opening purpose.
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 6; Johnson 6, Zouma 7, Kehrer 6, Cresswell 7; Soucek 7, Rice 7; Bowen 8 (Coufal 88, 6), Downes 6 (Fornals 88, 6), Benrahma 7; Scamacca 6 (Antonio 74, 7)
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Neto 6 (Travers 46, 6); Fredericks 6 (Zemura 57, 6), Mepham 7, Senesi 6, Smith 6; Cook dinner 6, Lerma 6; Christie 5 (Anthony 57, 6), Billing 6, Tavernier 5; Solanke 7 (Moore 45, 6)
The choice to award it stood in absolute distinction to the stadium announcement that it had been dominated out by VAR for offside on the very second that Bournemouth kicked off for the restart.
O’Neil’s temper wouldn’t have been helped by having to switch Neto, one other damage sufferer at half-time, with Mark Travers.
A spell of West Ham stress at the start of the second interval compelled introduced two extra substitutions by the guests simply earlier than the hour.
Declan Rice then struck a fierce dipping shot which Travers parried out away as the house aspect exerted complete management.
Given the weekend outcomes which had pushed West Ham all the way down to 17th place, victory felt like an crucial.
Moyes’ aspect have simply three Premier League fixtures left previous to the World Cup. Getting back from Qatar to a relegation battle would supply much less of a lure with which to draw any new signings within the January switch window. Tenth place appears rather more appetising.
Gary O’Neil: “We’re clearly disillusioned with the primary purpose, it was a horrible determination. It can not stand, it’s inconceivable that that’s a purpose.
“His arm moved in the direction of the ball. I can’t perceive how that may be given. I simply can’t even imagine we’ve got to debate it, it’s handball 100 instances out of 100.
“It’s arduous on the lads. It’s the way in which it’s going in the intervening time, actually unfortunate.
“They get one breakaway and cross the ball with hardly anybody within the field. Anybody who’s ever slid for a ball won’t have their arms by their aspect, it’s inconceivable.
“The arduous factor to take is the large benefit West Ham gained for his or her two handballs, and we have been getting no benefit from the ball hitting Jordan’s hand.”
David Moyes: “I’ve genuinely not seen any of the incidents. Clearly Bournemouth are disillusioned with the way it went. However what I might say is our efficiency merited higher targets than we scored.”