After all the talk about new starts, this felt worrying for West Ham. It was another noon that tried in the London stadium and this evidence will be harder than Manuel Pellegrini expected to deal with the gloom that tends to fall over this troubled ground in times of adversity.
fans greeted the final whistle with Angry and in the end Pellegrini better understood why he got so many questions about the fear factor of the London Stadium before this match. His new side has started the season with two defeats, despite a busy summer on the transfer market, and optimism has already faded. Bournemouth was good for their second consecutive victory after a tough comeback, Marko Arnautovic's penalty with goals from Callum Wilson and Steve Cook.
Pellegrini showed his ruthless side after last week's fall against Liverpool, making Michail Antonio, Ryan Fredericks and Declan Rice, but West Ham has taken a while to build up any momentum. They seized cohesion during the lukewarm early stages, with too many aimless attacks that fell apart due to a sloppy pass or a downward rally, and it was a sign of their discomfort that the side of Pellegrini had not made a serious attempt until Javier Hernández forced Asmir Begovic made a savage save 26 minutes into the match on his post.
The content to sit deep and use their pace during the break, Bournemouth was diligent, organized and hard to break for much of the first half and at those times it was interesting to consider how much the side of Eddie Howe has benefited from stability since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2015. They are an example of consistency under Howe, an example for clubs such as West Ham to follow.
Given that they signed 10 players this summer, it was no big surprise that West Ham played as a group of strangers. For the time being they were in possession, Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass struggled in the surrounding area and Hernández missed the presence in front, which allowed Bournemouth to maintain a solid shape for Begovic.
Still, the current began to favor West Ham when Jack Wilshere, who had borrowed a ban in Bournemouth two years ago, began to exert more influence on his old teammates. Wilshere's sharp thinking about the ball released the hosts and they took the lead when Anderson decided it was time to show why West Ham destroyed their transfer record to sign him from Lazio. After flattering the first 30 minutes to deceive, the Brazilian strolled from left to inside before passing a nice pass to Hernández, who sneaked past Begovic before being defeated by a desperate outburst by Nathan Aké. Stuart Attwell, the referee, pointed out the advice of his assistant and Arnautovic, top scorer of West Ham last season, was nervous after taking the penalty stakes of Mark Noble.
West Ham could not relax after Arnautovic had reached a low score, hard penalty past Begovic. Wilson had a shot too close against Lukasz Fabianski while the game was aimless and Bournemouth pressed for an equalizer after being left behind. Josh King blocked a shot at bat and David Brooks, who came light and dangerous from the right, lacked calm and conviction on the two occasions that he was alone in the box.
Bournemouth had identified central midfield as a weakness in the 4-4-2 system of West Ham. Mark Noble and Wilshere provided little protection for the back four, with the former fortuins to award a penalty for a push to Dan Gosling, and ultimately fierce Pellegrini's extensive tactics failed.
West Ham did not learn his lesson after he was attacked by Liverpool. They were ragged without a sufficient defensive balance in the midfield, making it impossible for their creative players to enter the game, and Bournemouth scored a deserved equalizer when Wilson drove past the sad challenges of Fabián Balbuena and Pablo Zabaleta before he passed a confident finish Fabianski threw in the 60th minute.
It was one-way traffic during the second half and Bournemouth saw an opportunity when Angelo Ogbonna Brooks stumbled to the right. Ryan Fraser cut the free kick in the middle and the barrel West Ham's defense that it was Ogbonna did not stop Cook from defeating the cross on Fabianski.