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Published: 18:20 | 21/8/16

Late Antonio goal hands Hammers win

A late Michail Antonio header was enough to see West Ham claim all three points as they overcome a ten-man Bournemouth 1-0 in their first game at the Olympic stadium.

It was Slaven Bilic’s side who started the game the stronger of the two teams, although failing to create any real significant chances until the last ten minutes.

Bournemouth’s attacking performance was non-existent in the first half, and they seemed content to soak up the Irons' pressure and catch them on the counter-attack.

One of the few talking points in the first half was a penalty appeal after West Ham’s Gokhan Tore was impeded by Charlie Daniels just inside the box, but referee Craig Pawson rewarding the Cherries a free-kick instead.

Eddie Howe’s men started the second half on the front-foot and possessed more of an attacking threat with Josh King who was very quiet in the first half, saw his long-range effort saved superbly by Adrian.

The game seemed to open up on the hour mark, with both sides committing players forward, although there was no real opportunity for either team.

Bournemouth were reduced to ten men when Harry Arter was sent off for a second bookable offence, and this had a real impact in the closing stages of the contest.

Antonio’s late header condemned the visitors to defeat and they have now lost their opening two Premier League games.

West Ham started the game the brighter of the two sides and they should have been awarded a penalty in the 23rd minute after Tore was fouled by Daniels just inside the area.

The second half provided an improved display from both teams and Bournemouth were unlucky not to have opened the scoring when King hit a belting shot from long-range, only a wonderful one-handed save from Adrian denying him.

With only six minutes left to play the Hammers managed to register their first goal in their new stadium when Tore played in a looping ball towards the back-post to Antonio, whose powerful headed attempt rattled the back of the net.

The match served up by the two teams won't live long in the memory for those present but the home fans will hope the victory signals the start of a new winning era.

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