West Ham boss stunned by the Bourne supremacy
PUBLISHED: 08:45 14 March 2017
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Hammers manager Slaven Bilic’s side get kick up the backside they needed
Another trip, another bad start and this time, despite playing a team without a win all year, West Ham could not hold on to the point they had worked for.
It was a tough afternoon on the south coast. Bournemouth started like an express train, referee Robert Madley was determined to be the star turn and the home crowd really got behind their team.
The Hammers were second best for most of the game, it was the Cherries who seemed to want it more, but even then, West Ham were just a minute away from grabbing an unlikely draw.
“In the end, definitely we deserved to get something out of the game, but they played well and played with great aggression,” admitted Bilic, who must be worried about his team’s sluggish starts on the road.
“They missed two penalties too, so we were lucky we were only down by one goal. We even had situations to go 2-0 up, but didn’t take them so we’re disappointed.”
This really was a crazy game. Two penalties, both a little dubious, and neither converted, while Mark Noble was booked for carrying out his role as captain and talking to the referee!
West Ham madly took the lead less than a minute after Josh King had fired his spot-kick wide and then as the game seemed to be slipping away from them at 2-1, subsitutes Sam Byram and Andre Ayew combined for the latter to show why he should be in the starting line-up.
But even then there was more drama with the same pair involved again. Byram dashed forward again, but when Ayew beat himself and fell over, the Cherries stormed forward through Jack Wilshere and within seconds, King had completed his hat-trick.
It was so reminiscent of Chelsea’s first goal last Monday and shows just how susceptible the Hammers are to the break, but should they be caught on the break away from home?
“At that moment we went for the third goal, we lost too many players on that side and left it too open and you can’t give them space on the counter attack.”
Perhaps it was the kick up the backside that West Ham and more importantly Bilic needed.
For too long he has ignored the claims of Ayew and Byram, had players like Cheikhou Kouyate out of position, stuck with players like Sofiane Feghouli and Mark Noble, when the team needs freshening up.
By now, Reece Oxford should have played plenty of games instead of wasting his time on the bench at Reading.
Jose Fonte has not done the business so far and Oxford and James Collins should have been in the side. West Ham are not in danger of relegation, despite the manager suggesting otherwise, but not is the time to experiment a little with fresh talent.
Give Byram a run of games, give Edimilson Fernandes a go, they may make mistakes, but so are the players currently on the field.
Bournemouth were hungry for success on Saturday, they vitally needed the three points, but West Ham should have had the quality and the determination to combat that.
Are the flip-flops on already? West Ham say not, but for some the deck chairs are already out.