By Ayyaz Malik
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson’s brilliant hat trick helped his side claim their first win of the Premier League at West Ham’s expense in a 4-3 thriller. The Cherries as they are also known came into this game having lost their first two games despite playing well in both.
Today’s opponents West Ham who lost last time out to Leicester, were not doubt looking to bounce back here. Bournemouth who hadn’t scored in either of their two games before this game were in a rampant and raced into a two goal lead, thanks to Wilson’s brace.
Last years top scorer for Bournemouth who missed a few chances in the opening day defeat to Aston Villa would have been relieved no doubt to have opened his Premier League account here. Just when the champions of the championship were looking to be cruising, West Ham pulled a goal back through a Mark Noble penalty.
Despite that goal Bournemouth would have felt they were still in control of this game – but when West Ham equalised through a Koyate goal, all of Bournemouth’s hard work looked to be wasted. Thankfully, that’s if you support Bournemouth that is, The Cherries retook the lead through Marc Pugh. This time they didn’t let the Hammers back into this one.
To cap off the win Calum Wilson claimed his first senior hat trick with a well placed penalty past the despairing dive of Darren Randolph. The awarding of that penalty saw Carl Jenkinson sent off in the process. Down to 10 men, West Ham were in need of some thing special to claw back another two goal deficit, this time though the East Londoners had to do so with only 10 men, a difficult task indeed.Modibo Maiga did score to make it 4-3 – but this match was realistically over and 4-3 it finished.
Elsewhere Manchester United and Leicester who started the season with unbeaten records both lost their perfect starts to Newcastle and Tottenham respectively. United who were in European action in midweek were rather flat in this game. Man United captain Wayne Rooney did have a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside – but other than that Newcastle deservedly a point.
In fact Alexander Mitrovic hit the bar for visitors Newcastle who could have and maybe should have taken all three points.
Leicester who are now managed by Claudio Ranieri, had to rely on a bit of Mahrez magic to take a point from this one. The Foxes are flying at the moment so it was of little surprise to see them start the stronger here. Riyadh Mahrez who has been nothing short of sensational this year, scored Leicester’s equaliser after teenager Delle Ali scored for Spurs.
There were also 1-1 draws in the games between Norwich and Stoke as well Sunderland and Swansea. Norwich who won their first game last week against Sunderland, were up against Stoke here. The Canaries as they are also known lost their first home game of the season to Crystal Palace, so they would have been looking to change that here.
The home side though got off to a bad start as Stoke went in front in the 11th minute through a Mamme Biram Diouf goal. Thankfully though that’s if you’re a Norwich supporter, they levelled 17 minutes later with a well taken Russell Martin strike.
Sunderland and Swansea also played out a draw which will no doubt be some sort of relief for Dick Advocat. Swansea took the lead in this one through the in form Bafatembi Gomis – but couldn’t hold on as Jermaine Defoe equalised for hosts Sunderland.
Crystal Palace game against Aston Villa which completes the Saturday action saw Palace make it two wins from three for Alan Pardew’s men. Goals from Scott Dann and a debut goal from Bacary Sako helped The Eagles come out on top in this one. A Pape Souare own goal for the hosts levelled things up, which did offer a potential route back into the game for Villa – but sadly for them it wasn’t meant to be.
That’s it for this week in terms of a Saturday Premier League round up. See you same time next week!