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Bournemouth 1-3 West Ham Utd

Filed: Tuesday, 12th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are firmly back in the hunt for Europe after a third successive Premier League win against Bournemouth tonight.

And the key architect in United's latest away day success was Dimitri Payet, making his first start since being poleaxed by Everton's James McCarthy at the beginning of November.

The French midfielder was in sublime form as he almost single-handedly turned the game in West Ham's favour during the second half, after the Cherries had taken an early lead through Harry Arter.

And whilst Enner Valencia will take the headlines thanks to a second half brace, it was his French team mate who pulled all the strings as the Hammers came from behind to secure another impressive win.

It's been nearly three months since Slaven Bilic's side managed a victory away from home and at half time in this evening's clash it looked as if that wait would be extended for another week, at least.

Bournemouth, boosted by new £9million signing Benik Afobe had secured a half time advantage courtesy of Arter's 16th minute opening goal - a fierce drive that goalkeeper Adrian uncharacteristically allowed to slip through his grasp.

Even worse for West Ham was that Andy Carroll, whose recent form had led to an England recall being mentioned in despatches had been substituted before that after pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring strain.

But West Ham came out of the blocks fighting and the key change came on the hour mark, when James Tomkins was replaced at right back by the mroe adventurous Carl Jenkinson.

Within six minutes West Ham had drawn level, thanks to a top-class free kick frp, {ayet. His effort, taken just left of centre came back off the underside of the crossbar with 'keeper Artur Boroc well beaten.

And there was little the Polish stopper could do to prevent West Ham going ahead for the first time in the game on 74 minutes when good awareness from Payet and substitute Jenkinson led to Valencia's first goal of the night.

The full-back's quickly taken throw on caught the Cherries off-guard, Payet slipped the ball through Charlie Daniels' legs and centred for the Ecuadorian striker, who made no mistake with a shot from point blank range.

Yet there was still more joy to come for West Ham's merry band of travelling fans, who had given their team fantastic support throughout the evening.

Six minutes from the end of normal time a West Ham free kick, left of the penalty area appeared to demand a cross - but Valencia had other ideas and spotting Boruc flat-footed, lifted the ball over the wall into the near post.

The win lifts West Ham up a notch into fifth place in the Premier League, above Manchester United who were held to a 3-3 draw at Newcastle.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Surman, Arter, Daniels, Smith, Stanislas, Afobe, Ritchie.

Subs: Federici, Distin, Pugh, O'Kane, Iturbe, Grabban, Murray

West Ham Utd: Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Noble (c), Antonio, Payet, Valencia, Carroll.

Subs: Randolph, Jenkinson, Reid, Oxford, Song, Cullen, Jelavic.

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