Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1) from Vitality Stadium
Aaron Cresswell’s strike in the 74thminute prevented AFC Bournemouth from taking the spoils in an exciting encounter at the Vitality Stadium.
Yarmolenko bagged the first goal of the game, with Joshua King and Callum Wilson nodding the Cherries ahead before Cresswell’s equaliser.
The first chance fell to the home side after Billing was set free down the left flank. His floated delivery found King, but the Norwegian international committed a foul in the box.
Fornals was next to create an opportunity, but his low-hit curling effort from outside the area in the eighth minute was met by Nathan Ake clearing the danger.
The visitors were the first to find a breakthrough, with a goal in the 10thminute of play. A long ball to Haller eventually fell to Yarmolenko, who rolled his shoulder to gain a yard on Ake. The Ukrainian then expertly curled the ball past Aaron Ramsdale and into the far corner.
AFC Bournemouth were having joy down the right side, where summer signing Jack Stacey was rushing forward to create chances. His drilled cross into the West Ham box in the 16thminute was poked away for a corner.
It was from the resulting corner that the VAR drama began. The Cherries passed the ball around the edge of the box before a whipped cross fell to Ake, who was able to nudge the ball onto King. The Norwegian, in the right position at the right time, slammed the ball past the diving Fabianski and into the back of the net.
After a lengthy VAR check on a potential offside, the decision to award AFC Bournemouth the equaliser in the 17thminute was met with cheers of “VAR, VAR, VAR” ringing around the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries also had a chance to go in front just before the half hour mark. Ogbonna struggled to deal with Harry Wilson’s cross into the box, awarding the home side a corner. Solanke got on the end of the set piece, but his glancing header fell the wrong side of the woodwork.
West Ham were forced to make their first change of the game when Fabianski seized up off the ball, suffering from a hip injury. He was replaced by Roberto in the 33rdminute.
It was the visitors who had the best chance to gain the lead on the stroke of half time when Felipe Anderson pulled off an acrobatic effort. Ramsdale was quick to react, palming the ball away from danger.
After both sides scored a goal in the first half and had chances to grab a second, both Pellegrini and Howe would have told their teams they can come away with the three points.
AFC Bournemouth started the second half with their tails up, and it took just 30 seconds to find their second of the game.
Some silky footwork from Solanke saw him beat numerous players, before laying the ball off to King. The forward, who saw Callum Wilson charging into the box, poked the ball into the path of the Englishman, who blasted the ball into the bottom corner to put the Cherries ahead.
That’s the first time Callum Wilson has scored in four consecutive Premier League games.
A lightning start to the half was rewarded with Howe’s men getting the ball into West Ham’s net for the third time. The ball fell to Ake from a corner, and the Dutch defender saw his effort hit the back of the net from close range.
Stuart Attwell charged over to the linesman, however this time the Cherries were overruled by VAR. Dominic Solanke was standing in front of Roberto, with the ball striking the former Liverpool and Chelsea man before passing West Ham’s goalkeeper. The home side remained just one goal ahead with over half an hour left to play.
AFC Bournemouth had a great chance to secure their two goal cushion when Callum Wilson was played through on goal by Harry Wilson. The Liverpool loanee latched his pass onto the run of the England international, but his deft touch struck the knee of Roberto.
Callum Wilson’s missed opportunity to secure the three points for the home side allowed West Ham to form a counter attack just one minute later.
A lofted ball found Felipe Anderson in AFC Bournemouth’s box, who pulled his header back to set up Aaron Cresswell. The left-back charged onto the ball before slamming it into the net with just 15 minutes left to play.
Simon Francis came on from the bench to make his first appearance in the Premier League this season, and Howe also gifted a debut to Danjuma who occupied the left wing.
AFC Bournemouth had a late penalty shout when Joshua King was brought down after a challenge from Cresswell inside the box. Attwell refused to give the decision in favour of the home side and waved it away.
So it ended all square at the Vitality Stadium after an exciting game. AFC Bournemouth are in seventh place as it stands in the Premier League. Up next for the Cherries, they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH: Ramsdale, Rico, S.Cook, Ake, Stacey (Francis), King, Lerma, Billing (L.Cook), H.Wilson (Danjuma), Solanke, C.Wilson
Subs: Boruc, Francis, Surman, Ibe, Danjuma, L.Cook, Mepham
WEST HAM: Fabianski (Roberto), Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Rice, Anderson, Fornals (Lanzini), Noble (Wilshere), Yarmolenko, Haller
Subs: Roberto, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Wilshere, Ajeti