Saturday Night Takeaway: Bournemouth penalty mishaps and Lukaku brilliance
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 2:45
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic feels his side deserved something from the game at Bournemouth after they conceded a late goal to lose 3-2 at Dean Court. However, Fraser's fizzing strike forced Darren Randolph into a smart save low to his right as the Cherries rallied.
King wasn't running the risk of repeating Saido Berahino's misfortune for West Brom last season and left spot-kick duties to Benik Afobe, only for the ex-Arsenal striker to see his tame penalty held by Randolph.
The Bournemouth striker missed another penalty a few minutes later to again provide a reprieve for a ragged West Ham defence and the Hammers nearly again capitalised only for Arthur Boruc to keep out Sofiane Feghouli just before half time. King side-footed his penalty horribly wide.
The end-to-end nature of the contest continued, with Bournemouth enjoying the greater share of possession, but West Ham looking the more threatening.
Bournemouth were given the chance to take the lead from the spot after Sofiane Feghouli hauled down Charlie Daniels inside the box.
West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph had a awful record against Bournemouth before today, and it certainly seems like luck is rarely on his side against the Cherries.
Three minutes into the second half Bournemouth took the lead, King pouncing after Afobe flicked on Ryan Fraser's free-kick amid offside protests.
However, King had other ideas and his busy day continued as he found himself in the right place to stab the ball into the net for the victor when Darren Randolph parried Jack Wilshere's hopeful shot in the 90th minute.
The Hammers gave away two penalties, which were both missed, but in the end Slaven Bilic's men could not contain Josh King and the Cherries attack. However, by now the crowd had learnt to expect the unexpected Pedro Obiang and Sam Byram combine to tee up Ayew, and the former Swansea City man stroked home to send the 1,300 visiting supporters into raptures.
West Ham, who were 11th in the league before the game kicked-off, also started off in the same shape as the Cherries.
Having had three points in the bag for so long, however, the Cherries were not about to sit back. Randolph saved from Jack Wilshere, only for King to follow up and bag his hat-trick, much to the relief of the home crowd.