Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham: Hammers extend unbeaten run thanks to late equaliser

Left-back Aaron Cresswell fired in a late equaliser at the Vitality Stadium as West Ham stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches. The two sides came into the game in the top six and produced a pulsating match, with Andriy Yarmolenko opening the scoring with his third goal in six Premier League games this season.

But the lead lasted just seven minutes as Joshua King struck from close range. Although the goal was initially flagged offside, the video assistant referee overturned the decision after a lengthy stoppage.

West Ham then kicked off the second half yet fell behind just 27 seconds later as Callum Wilson swept in his fifth goal of the season. But the England striker spurned a great chance to make it 3-1 and within 90 seconds Cresswell volleyed home to deny Bournemouth a third straight Premier League win.

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Having failed to score at all in the 2018-19 season, the former England defender, 29, has scored twice in a week after sealing last Sunday’s 2-0 win against Manchester United.

The Hammers were then humbled 4-0 by Oxford in the Carabao Cup in midweek, while Bournemouth were also knocked out by League One opposition, the two sides having made a combined 19 changes. It would have been harsh for either to lose, having produced much-improved performances after reverting to the same starting line-ups they had for their last Premier League game.

Yarmolenko, the Hammers’ game-breaker

Like Cresswell, Yarmolenko was also on target last week, and the Ukraine winger again showed he could be a game-breaker capable of keeping West Ham in contention for a European place. An early foul left the 29-year-old hobbling but he shrugged it off to collect Sebastien Haller’s lay-off, after the striker brought down a lofted ball by Felipe Anderson, before turning Ake and firing a left-footed effort beyond Aaron Ramsdale.

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King scored the first goal West Ham had conceded in 360 minutes of Premier League action before the Hammers lost Fabianski, but it was the visitors who went closest to going in front before the break, with Anderson’s volley forcing Ramsdale to turn the ball over. Although they handed Bournemouth the initiative at the start of the second half, Yarmolenko remained the Hammers’ biggest threat, curling a low effort just wide from Anderson’s lay-off.

Another right-wing cross by Yarmolenko found Anderson at the back post and although his downwards header was parried by Ramsdale, there were defenders on hand to clear the rebound. Then, moments after Wilson’s miss Yarmolenko again picked out Anderson in the box and the Brazilian cushioned the ball down for Cresswell to volley into the turf and past Ramsdale, nudging the Hammers into the top three – at least until Leicester play on Sunday.

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