Having welcomed back a familiar face to the club last week in the form of David Moyes, the arrival of the New Year brought a very welcome upturn in fortunes to West Ham who ran out 4-0 winners against Bournemouth.
West Ham had been on a miserable run of form of late, winning just two of their last 15 games in all competitions, prompting the Hammers’ board to part ways with Manuel Pellegrini last week.
Moyes’ re-appointment as head coach brought an immediate impact, a brace from Mark Noble coming either side of a superb Sebastien Haller volley, before Felipe Anderson rounded off the scoring to complete a comprehensive win.
The result is the first time that the Hammers have scored four goals while keeping a clean sheet since November 2007, and speaking after the game, new boss Moyes picked out midfielders Noble and Declan Rice for particular praise.
West Ham have scored 4+ goals whilst keeping a clean sheet in a Premier League game for the first time since November 2007 when they put five past Derby.
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“The players were magnificent from the start, they bought into the idea to get the supporters back onside and they did,” Moyes told Match of the Day.
“I’ve not had a lot of time to work with them so the credit has to go to the players and no-one epitomised that more than Mark Noble and Declan Rice.
“I think it was a fabulous performance and fabulous result. Bournemouth are a really good team. They can hurt any team on the day. It could have been more, we missed some chances as well, but I’m taking it. I told them they can and will play much better.”
The result sees West Ham leapfrog Bournemouth in the Premier League table, the Hammers moving up to 16th while the Cherries slip into the bottom three.