Confidence was not exactly very high after Joshua King missed a penalty in the first 10 minutes for the Cherries, striking the ball wide of the post, which was a costly miss for the home side due to West Ham capitalizing on the penalty miss by King with West Ham’s Michail Antonio driving a shot into the bottom corner, leaving the Cherries extremely frustrated.
However, a second penalty was awarded due to Marc Pugh being fouled in the box, unfortunately for the Cherries, they could not convert it from the penalty spot with an inform Darren Randolph denying Benik Afobe. With hopes still high, Joshua King volleyed it home putting the Cherries in a strong 2-1 position looking for their first win in 2017.
The West Ham striker Andre Ayew thought he had rescued a point for the hammers, only to be denied it by Joshua King with his 3rd of the game giving him a hat trick with a great finish to the roof of the goal securing the win for the Cherries in what seemed like a 3 points that was very well needed.
King had gained himself a well earned man of the match award with 3 goals to his name including the winner, some fans would even call him the savior of Bournemouth. Bournemouth moved to 6 points above the relegation zone leaving them with 30 points in 28 games this season, putting them in a comfortable 14th place in the Premier League table.
After the game, West Ham were left with only 3 points more than the Cherries with 33 points in the same number of games but the Irons still 3 places ahead in 11th place. Could this move Bournemouth out of the relegation zone? All we know is Eddie Howe’s side will definitely be gaining confidence due to their first win in the year of 2017.