JAVIER HERNANDEZ grabbed a quickfire equaliser in what could possibly be his parting reward to West Ham.
The Mexcican striker, who’s tipped to depart the Hammers this month, made it 1-1 with a close-range end within the 73rd minute – SIXTY-NINE SECONDS after Ryan Fraser had slotted Bournemouth forward towards the run of play.
West Ham made seven modifications and Bournemouth eight as each managers reverted to the line-ups that earned them excellent Prem wins final weekend.
It adopted contrasting fortunes of their FA Cup third-round replays in midweek when the Hammers scraped by way of in further time at residence to Shrewsbury and the Cherries have been stuffed Three-Zero at Wigan.
Coincidentally, the Irons will now journey to Wigan in spherical 4 on Saturday.
West Ham should have wished they might have performed the Cherries as a substitute as they ripped them aside within the first 20 minutes.
Full-back Aaron Cresswell fired the primary shot of the afternoon when his long-range doodlebug bounced large of Asmir Begovic’s far submit within the third minute.
Hammers skipper Mark Noble then noticed his dipping volley land on roof of the web as his crew began a lot the brighter.
They went even nearer within the 13th minute when Pablo Zabaleta’s cross regarded excellent for Marko Arnautovic bursting into the six-yard field however the Austrian ace couldn’t recover from the ball and his prod at objective was brilliantly turned over by Asmir Begovic, who then raced out of his space to disclaim the identical participant later.
Arnautovic induced the Bournemouth defence all kinds of issues because the Hammers piled on the stress within the opening phases.
However the hosts have been nearly undone by a 33rd minute sucker-punch set-piece which resulted in Lewis Cook dinner curling a shot simply large from the sting of the field.
Simply likes their bubbly goals, the Hammers light and died in direction of the tip of the primary half.
However their fortunes rose once more after the break they usually had a penalty attraction rejected by ref Martin Atkinson within the 50th minute because the ball struck Cherries defender Nathan Ake’s hand at level clean vary.
Arnautovic nearly regarded the likeliest to interrupt the impasse and he regarded odds-on to attain when he was put by way of on objective three minutes later.
However the former Stoke man took too lengthy to get his shot away, permitting Steve Cook dinner to recuperate and produce a shocking block.
The Hammers have been dealt a blow within the 64th minute when Manuel Lanzini limped off injured to get replaced by Hernandez.
And so they have been in additional bother seven minutes later when ex-Hammer Junior Stanislas performed in Fraser, who fired a shot previous Adrian at his close to submit.
However the lead lasted just a little over a minute as tremendous sub Chicharito reacted first to the unfastened ball within the field after Arnautovic’s shot was blocked.
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