The Cherries score late on against a poor West Ham giving them their first 3 points of 2017 after missing two first half penalties.
Josh King missed an early chance from the penalty spot in the opening 10 minutes, and West Ham punished the mistake through a clever finish from Michail Antonio.
Bournemouth were then awarded another penalty when Mark Pugh was fouled. But Benik Afobe faired no better and a weak effort was saved by Darren Randolph in the bottom right hand corner.
Howe’s side continued to press and not let the one goal deficit effect them. A clever flick from King and a drive into the bottom right corner gave the Norwegian talisman redemption and drew the Cherries level.
He then added a second early on in the second half and gave the home side a much deserved lead. West Ham continued to try and find an equaliser but were frustrated by Bournemouth’s back four.
Andre Ayew managed to find space late on and got on the end of a low cross to draw the Hammers level with a calm finish late on.
But after a turbulent week for the club the Cherries stole it late on and sparked jubilant scenes for a crucial 3 points that takes them 6 points clear of the drop. Josh King completed his hat-trick in the final minute of the game and duly announced Man of the Match.
The FA announced this week that Tyrone Mings had been retrospectively suspended for 5 games after an alleged stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The incident, that occurred in the south coast side’s visit to Old Trafford last week, was not punished during the game.
Mings was at the centre of a fantastic defensive display from Howe’s men, but was replaced by skipper Simon Francis following his suspension.
Francis looked vulnerable in the second half as West Ham pushed for an equaliser. Mings watched on from the stands as captain Francis was perhaps at fault for what looked like a late point stolen for Slaven Bilic’s men when Ayew fired one home.
Francis must improve as he will be needed in the coming weeks with likes of Chelsea and Liverpool to come.
Norwegian masterclass from King
Without a doubt man of the match Josh King managed to bounce-back from an early penalty howler to become the hero and score all three goals.
The twenty-five year old’s performance was very much a microcosm of the home side’s: physical, determined and a never-say-die attitude. After such a tough start to the year, Bournemouth looked up for it from the get go and the likes of Andy Carroll struggled from the early pressure.
Cherries nearly out of danger
Eddie Howe will be fully aware that his side aren’t completely safe just yet and will need another result next week against Swansea. But the Cherries are simply too good to go down judging by the calibre of teams they have taken points from this year. Slaven Bilic will be disappointed by his side’s performance following a solid run of form for the Hammers. They’ll be looking to bounce back against champions Leicester next Saturday at the London Stadium.