David Moyes says he “can’t take the credit” for our emphatic victory over Bournemouth as his second spell in charge got off to the best possible start.
Captain Mark Noble scored twice with Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson also netting in what was the our biggest Premier League win in more than a decade.
Victory was our second in six matches, while the defeat sees Bournemouth slip into the relegation places in 18th. Moyes replaced the sacked Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday, returning to the club he led to Premier League safety at the end of the 2017-18 season.
“I don’t think I could have had a better start. But I can’t take the credit, the players take the credit with their attitude and commitment, it felt as if they could give the supporters something. They played really well. We’ve only had a couple of days with them and I tried to make it as simple as I could. In truth, I don’t know most of the players but I tried to use every bit of time, I had a conversation with them all and spoke to one or two individuals. It’s the first game and [it] felt I didn’t have enough time to work with the players – that’s why it’s difficult to take any credit. It was about being brave on the ball, trying to regain confidence, trying to regain the trust from the crowd.”David Moyes
Noble opened the scoring inside 20 minutes with the help of a deflection before Haller’s bicycle kick doubled our lead. Noble scored his second 10 minutes later from the penalty spot after being brought down by Harry Wilson, before Anderson rounded off the win.
We were lucky not to end the match with 10 men after Aaron Cresswell was sent off for a reckless challenge on Ryan Fraser, only for the video assistant referee (VAR) to downgrade the dismissal to a yellow card.
Moyes magic returns to East London
In his first spell at the Hammers’ helm, Moyes lost his opening match in charge – away to Watford – and had to wait four games before finally getting a win on the board. But it was the polar opposite second time around, a classy performance from us securing a statement win on home soil.
Moyes stamped his return by making four changes to the side which had lost to Leicester on 28 December under Pellegrini, and those changes proved pivotal with Noble and Robert Snodgrass the stars of the show from the off.
Noble had called fans to get behind Moyes after his reappointment and the captain led from the front with his opening goal, wrong-footing Aaron Ramsdale with his deflected strike after brilliant play from Snodgrass.
The scorer geed up the crowd as the match got back under way, signalling to them to ramp up the volume, and they did exactly that when Haller found the back of the net seven minutes later, through an exquisite mid-air finish from Ryan Fredericks’ cross.
It marked the first time we had scored twice in a first half this season and Bournemouth had no answer as we repeatedly thundered forwards, with Noble soon scoring his second after being tripped in the box by Wilson, sending Ramsdale the wrong way with his spot-kick.
We did not quite have the same control of the second half as we did the first as the Cherries looked to claw something back, but if the three points had not already been sealed by now, Anderson’s second-half strike proved the final nail in the coffin.
The Brazilian effortlessly brought down Declan Rice’s weighted pass before a simple finish condemned Bournemouth to their 11th defeat of the season.
Cresswell looked to have produced the only blot on an otherwise blemish-free day for us when referee Graham Scott showed him a straight red for a needless tackle on Fraser, but it was Scott who was left red-faced when VAR overturned his decision.