5:50 PM: Unfortunately that’s all we have time for here at the London Stadium on the afternoon where West Ham United played out a 1-1 draw with League Table rivals AFC Bournemouth, as both the team’s Managers have finished speaking to us now.
However, it simply wouldn’t be right for me to wrap up this Live Blog without giving a special mention to West Ham United’s Head of Media Communication Max Fitzgerald. Max has been so good to me over these last few months, I can honestly say that he is one of the nicest people that I will ever meet and today was his last match with the club before moving onto a new Job at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the best of luck for the future Max!
That said, thank you to everyone who has joined us on this Saturday afternoon, especially those who have been with us for the full five or so hours, and we sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed all our coverage of today’s Premier League clash, we also hope that you can be with us again later in the week when we bring you another Live Blog, this time, from David Moyes’ Pre-Wigan Athletic Press Conference and stick across all our platforms for furrther reaction to today’s encounter, I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville live from London Stadium, thank you and goodnight.
On The Game Itself:
“We played quite well with the ball at times”.
“Look they had some chances as well”.
“I thought our play in the first-half merited a goal”.
On Lanzini’s Performance:
“I think he’s forming a really good understanding with Marko.
On The Injuries To Cresswell And Lanzini:
“Cressy wasn’t quite as bad”.
“We think it’s a hamstring, it’s come from fatigue”.
On His Injury Worries:
“We are so short, suddenly we’ve got a few injuries and we are really short”.
On His Players’ Fatigue:
“The 60 or 70 minutes just took its toll”.
On His Team’s Performance:
“Today, the boys just didn’t get the magic we needed from them”.
“I thought we’ve probably played our best Football here”.
5:30 PM: David Moyes has swiftly arrived to address us, live quotes to come…………
5:25 PM: Incredibly short and sweet from the AFC Boss, we are now awaiting the arrival of Moyes.
On The Hammers’ Goal:
“It’s a long ball and we haven’t dealt with it, that hadn’t happened in the game”.
On His Team’s Performance:
“We grew into the game, we conceded straight after so that’s the disappointment”.
5:22 PM: Eddie Howe has arrived to address us, live quotes to follow………
5:20 PM: Why not head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to vote for your Man of the Match? The Managers will be with us very soon.
5:15 PM: There shouldn’t be too much longer to wait here, stick with us for live quotes from Moyes and Howe when they arrive.
5:10 PM: While we wait for Moyes and Howe, the Premier League Table reveals that the Hammers remain in 11th position, while the Cherries move up a place to 12th, I’m sure both teams won’t be disappointed with that, stay with us.
5:05 PM: The London Stadium Lift was kind to me on this occasion and I have arrived in the Press Conference Room, the two Bosses should be joining us soon.
4:59 PM: A point apiece in the end, and another entertaining clash, stay right where you are for reaction from both Managers in their Post-Match Press Conferences, go nowhere.
4:53 PM: West Ham United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth.
90+5: Rice stops Wilson and clears.
90+4: AFC clear and break, Stanislas can’t find Wilson.
90+4: Byram wins a corner, one last chance.
90+3: Francis stops Hernandez’s break, this is anyone’s.
90+2: Noble has picked up today’s Man of the Match award, a battling performance from him today.
90+2: Rice rids danger very well, super defending.
90+1: Cresswell hobbles off and Byram comes on to replace him.
90: Five minutes will be added on here.
89: Rice takes the place of Kouyate from the bench late on here.
88: Adrian claims yet again, Cresswell is down in discomfort.
87: A King shot is blocked well by Collins, another opening for Howe’s men.
86: Adrian does well to prevent the corner, King has a chance though his effort is too weak shortly after.
85: The visitors look to come forward on the left, just five minutes left.
84: An Obiang deflection nearly finds Arnautovic, that was close, King comes on for Fraser for the visitors.
83: Obiang is then slipped in and crosses low, the ball is somehow cleared away.
82: Obiang gets a throw-in out of it on the far side.
81: Hernandez wins a throw from it, another free-kick is given a little closer.
80: Arnautovic bursts through and is fouled, a free-kick could prove deadly here.
79: the Cherries are currently on top, will they be the Xl to win this? 1-1.
78: Wilson squares one across goal, not a soul there to meet it.
77: The away side look a real threat in attack, the hosts ward them off once again.
75: Adrian gets to a long ball before Wilson, less than 15 to go, 1-1.
74: Adrian makes a super save from a Stanislas effort, this game has come to life.
73: Incredible scenes here as the hosts level up instantly, substitute Hernandez sliding an effort under Begovic from a blocked Arnautovic shot, an exciting finish has been set up here!
73: GOAL! 1-1! Hernandez!!
72: Stanislas played the Scotsman in, he remained cool to finish.
71: Goal for the visitors! Fraser makes it 0-1!
70: I can see on my Moniter pressure being put on Kouyate’s ankle, he is still down.
69: Smith stops Kouyate’s break, no foul says Martin Atkinson.
67: The Mexican’s introduction has livened things up a little, just over 20 minutes remain.
66: Hernandez finds Masuaku, the Cherries scramble clear his cross, 0-0.
65: The Hammers now have a more recognisable front two, Stanislas finds Smith, he’s offside as Bournemouth search for a winner.
63: Lanzini goes down off the ball, this looks worrying, Moyes is taking no chances with Hernandez being stripped and readied to come on in his place.
62: The ball comes in and Obiang hooks it over, the Referee had pulled play back for a foul, however.
61: Wilson fouls Noble, a free-kick to come, Ibe is replaced by ex-Hammer Stanislas, a good reception for him.
60: Kouyate flicks Arnautovic through, he can’t quite control and the chance goes begging.
59: A superb run from Lanzini culminates in a shot over the bar, not too far away.
58: Collins heads away, great defending.
57: Arnautovic tees up Zabaleta, he scuffs it on the counter, while AFC have a dangerous free-kick up the other end, Ogbonna is booked.
57: Begovic catches and sets the Cherries on the break.
56: Cresswell delivers and it’s glanced away, corner coming up.
54: The hosts threaten in the moments that follow, Lanzini’s cross somehow not finding a head before he can’t poke home from point-blank range, the Hammers now have a free-kick.
53: The ball is gifted to Lanzini, he finds Arnautovic who forces a corner.
52: Lanzini’s cross is cleared, West Ham make nothing of the rebound.
51: Kouyate is pulled down on the break, Gosling is shown a yellow card.
50: Great strength from Lanzini sets the Irons away, a Masusku cross is cleared, a handball shout goes up in the aftermath, all action.
49: Masuaku offends once more, Atkinson books him this time.
48: Masuaku commits a foul and there is some needle between the players there.
47: A half opening as the Hammers go forward, a bright start by them as Begovic catches.
46: Three points could be so important for both sets of players in climbing the Table.
4:01 PM: Lanzini gets this second-half underway, here we go!
3:57 PM: A delicious helping of my favourite Lamb Samosas in the Press Lounge at half-time and we are back to bring you live coverage of this second period here at the London Stadium, chances at both ends in the first, but no goals, the home side have probably edged it in terms of play, can any team find a winner in the final 45 minutes? Stay right here to find out.
3:46 PM: Half-time: West Ham United 0-0 AFC Bournemouth.
45+1: A Noble pass is put out for a corner, Cresswell takes and Begovic punches away.
45: Just one minute added on at the end of this half.
45: The away side come forward, their attack ends with Gosling volleying over.
43: Bournemouth fail in an attack and it’s a goal-kick.
42: Cresswell delivers at the opposite end, the same result ensues.
41: Daniels crosses, the ball is nodded away.
40: Just five minutes until the break as Adrian takes a goal-kick, still 0-0.
39: Strong Arnautovic defending stops Ibe, AFC attack again but Daniels fires well wide.
38: The Cherries look dangerous in the box, Cresswell clears, however, and the hosts fail with a counter.
36: The Hammers could go ninth with a win here, the Cherries would go above them if they take all three points, they currently swing in a free-kick that’s cleared.
35: Kouyate is set free by Noble, Begovic can catch his cross.
34: The home side now come forward, an opener perhaps?
34: Wilson overhits a pass to Fraser, pressure is relieved.
33: The ball is pulled back for Smith, his shot flying inches wide.
32: Ibe wins a second corner from the free-kick, all Cherries of present.
31: Smith breaks for Bournemouth, Collins goes in the book for fouling him.
30: It is defended well by the Hammers backline.
30: Ibe wins a Cherries corner, their first.
28: Arnautovic is set free on the right, his shot rolls wide of the far post, close once again for the danger man.
28: The ball is being held in midfield at present, the Cherries looking to build-up.
26: Lanzini lays off Noble, he slices one out for a throw, well off target, as Zabaleta looks to have won a corner, though the decision is goal-kick.
25: Moyes is sporting a tracksuit today, a rare break from the suit for him.
24: Zabaleta and Arnautovic loose the ball, Wilson is flagged offside up the other end.
23: Over 20 minutes have passed-by here at London Stadium, 0-0 it is.
22: It reaches Francis, Adrian does well to save, the hosts are thwarted on the counter-attack.
21: Howe’s men now have a set-piece, their fans are very vocal this afternoon.
20: A rare break from the Cherries is stopped, they are enjoying a spell of the ball.
19: The home side have been all over this one so far, they should be ahead here.
19: Lanzini is flicked in, but the flag is up, offside.
18: Masuaku wins a throw with his pace, the hosts come again.
17: Obiang wins a free-kick, a chance to get one in the box.
16: The Austria man has a shot blocked, yet another opening goes by.
15: Arnautovic is played in and Begovic does well to deny him once more, all action in this first 15 minutes.
14: The corner is punched away, Obiang fires wide moments later, all West Ham at the moment.
13: What a save! Begovic nips Arnautovic’s close-range effort over, that was very close indeed.
12: It was taken short and Obiang’s header held by Begovic.
12: Masuaku wins the first corner here, a chance to deliver.
11: Noble directs a wayward pass, a lively atmosphere here.
10: Just over! It’s a wonderful effort on the volley from Noble, it lands on the roof of the net.
9: Wilson gets a rocky reception from the London Stadium faithful as he fails to control up-front.
8: Arnautovic and Lanzini combine, will they prove a deadly duo today?
7: The visitors win a free-kick, the first of the match, they can’t create anything from it.
6: Ibe looks lively, he is stopped, as are the Irons on the break.
5: Cresswell pumps one into touch, not the best of balls forward.
4: Kouyate forces a throw, superb running there.
3: Close! Cresswell tries his luck from range, just wide, a good start for Moyes’ boys.
2: Both Winston Reid and Carlton Cole are sat on my row up here in the Press Box, a great combination.
2: Great Arnautovic skill wins an early West Ham throw, he gets in from it but the flag is up on the near side.
1: The hosts loose possession straight away, the rain is still coming down, it will be tricky conditions for those players.
3:00 PM: A very well-observed minute of applause for Cyrille Regis, a true Football Great, paves the way for Wilson to get the game underway and we are off!
2:57 PM: The two teams have walked out to an electric chorus of Bubbles and we are almost ready for kick-off, but first, a minute of applause will be observed for one of Football’s great pioneers who sadly passed away this week.
2:50 PM: There are a mere ten minutes left until we get underway here and we bring you live text commentary of this pivotal clash, you won’t want to miss it so go nowhere.
2:45 PM: The fans have not been deterred by the rain here, this arena is filling up nicely and the atmosphere building, there are currently two men tasked with many vehicles to vacuum up the water from the side of the playing surface, looks a pretty hapless job to me, stay with us.
2:40 PM: With just 20 minutes until we get underway in a very wet Stratford, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your score predictions.
2:35 PM: The last two playings of this fixture have produced 11 goals, both at the Vitality Stadium with the first finishing 3-2 and the second 3-3, the latter came on Boxing Day of 2017, expect another high-scoring affair today.
2:30 PM: The last time that these two met here in Stratford, history was made, the first ever Premier League match at the London Stadium was won by a late Michail Antonio header, the weather was entirely different to today’s gloomy outset I can tell you, will the scoreline also be?
2:25 PM: Both sets of players are now out to warm up in the pouring here at London Stadium, just over 30 minutes until we get underway here.
2:15 PM: So, with team news now out of the way, this afternoon will also be about the late great Cyrille Regis who will be remembered with a minute’s applause before kick-off today.
2:10 PM: Here is this afternoon’s full teamsheet, including how the visitors’ starting lineup is looking.
2:03 PM: That’s a wholesale seven changes to the team that defeated Shrewsbury Town here on Tuesday night, coming back in are Adrian San-Miguel, Pablo Zabaleta, James Collins, Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic, they replace Joe Hart, Sam Byram, Reece Burke, Reece Oxford, Josh Cullen, Andre Ayew and Toni Martinez, full team news to follow.
2:00 PM: West Ham United Xl to face AFC Bournemouth: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble (C), Obiang, Lanzini, Arnautovic.
Substitutes: Hart, Burke, Byram, Rice Cullen, Hernandez, Martinez.
1:55 PM: Under five minutes now until we hear first word of how David Moyes and Eddie Howe have set up their teams, will there be many changes from both’s FA Cup Third Round Replays in midweek?
1:45 PM: The rather gloomy but stunning London Stadium scene is set, team news coming up in 15 minutes.
1:35 PM: While we wait for the team news that is expected in around 25 minutes’ time, why not check out my Match Preview of today’s affair? Find it here: https://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/match-preview/match-preview-west-ham-united-vs-afc-bournemouth-premier-league-matchday-twenty-four/.
1:30 PM: There’s plenty going in aside from the Football here today in East London, one of them being brave young Neuroblastoma sufferer Isla Caton who will be a Mascot today, I have been following this little girl’s story from the start.
Isla’s heroic family need to raise over £192,000 to fly her to America for what could potentially be a life-saving vaccine, find out details of how to donate like I did below, thank you.
1:25 PM: I have just managed to grab a word withTelevisionn personalty and Sky Sports Reporter Chris Kamara, not quite the score prediction I promised, but he fancies the hosts today and wants a high-scoring affair, this fixture does not usually disappoint.
1:20 PM: So, now that we have been fed here at London Stadium, attention can start to turn to today’s action, DR Congo International winger Arthur Masuaku is the Programme cover star, will he impress this afternoon? Not too long now until we find out.
1:15 PM: And for afters, a very sweet Treacle Tart, just lovely.
1:10 PM: This afternoon’s delicious Main Course of Braised Beef in the Press Lounge.
1:05 PM: Here is what this afternoon’s Match Accreditation looks like, under an hour until team news now.
1:00 PM: Good afternoon from a very chilly and very windy London Stadium where we have arrived to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from today’s crucial Premier League clash between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth, I’m your host Reporter Luke Glanville and you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the Site @MooreThanAClub.
I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you for joining us on this Saturday, kick-off is scheduled for 3 PM and we will be bringing you the first word of team news in around an hour’s time, but don’t go anywhere as between now and then as there will be plenty for you right here, including some score predictions from the ex-Hammers and Journalistic personalities that surround me here in the Press Lounge, stay with us.