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Bournemouth v West Ham - the story of the match

Joshua King bagged a hat-trick as Bournemouth recorded their long-awaited first win of 2017 with a dramatic 3-2 victory over West Ham.

The in-form marksman took his tally to eight goals in his last seven games despite having earlier missed a penalty.

In fact Bournemouth, who had scored all seven of their previous spot-kicks this season, managed to fluff two in the space of half an hour after Benik Afobe later assumed responsibility with the same result.

But ultimately it did not matter as King hit a last-minute winner to complete his treble, cancelling out strikes from Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew to secure their first success of the year at the ninth attempt.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"6 - Joshua King is the 6th Norwegian to score a Premier League hat-trick (Fjortoft, Flo, Solskjaer, Iversen and Carew). Norse" - @OptaJoe puts King in his place alongside his compatriots.

STAR MAN

Joshua King. The Bournemouth forward shrugged off his early penalty miss to score a stunning hat-trick and inspire his side to what could prove to be a crucial victory.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Sofiane Feghouli managed to clear the Ted MacDougall stand with an ambitious volley to sum up a comically poor display from the West Ham winger.

WELL THAT WAS AWKWARD

Archie Wilshere might not be popular with dad Jack tonight. Bournemouth's mascot was asked who his favourite player was. The reply? Benik Afobe.

RATINGS

BOURNEMOUTH

Artur Boruc 7

Simon Francis 6

Steve Cook 7

Adam Smith 8

Charlie Daniels 7

Dan Gosling 7

Harry Arter 6

Mark Pugh 6

Ryan Fraser 7

Joshua King 8

Benik Afobe 5

Subs

Jack Wilshere (for Afobe, 84) 7

Lys Mousset (for Fraser, 84) 6

WEST HAM

Darren Randolph 7

Cheikhou Kouyate 6

Winston Reid 6

Jose Fonte 5

Aaron Cresswell 6

Pedro Obiang 6

Mark Noble 4

Sofiane Feghouli 3

Manuel Lanzini 6

Michail Antonio 7

Andy Carroll 5

Subs

Andre Ayew (for Feghouli, 58) 7

Robert Snodgrass (for Noble, 58) 5

Sam Byram (for Kouyate, 78) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Bournemouth v Swansea (Premier League, Mar 18)

West Ham v Leicester (Premier League, Mar 18)

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