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Callum Wilson's treble fires Bournemouth to first Premier win

By Jack Pitt Brooke

In a team full of remarkable stories, Callum Wilson's barely stands out. His rise from Kettering Town and Tamworth FC to Saturday's Premier League hat-trick happened within four years, but then most of his Bournemouth team-mates have similar backgrounds. The fact that the Cherries paid Coventry City £3m for Wilson gives him a Hollywood tinge in his humble club.

But at any other club, Wilson would be a compelling figure. He looked very much a Premier League striker as Bournemouth secured their first top flight win with a 4-3 triumph. Wilson shredded West Ham with his movement, taking his first two goals sweetly before killing the game from the penalty spot.

Wilson looked so at home that he could be this season's answer to Charlie Austin or Danny Ings, two strikers who started off in non-league before scoring goals in the top flight last year. QPR and Burnley were both relegated, showing that a good striker alone is not always enough. But it is better to have one than not.

A thrilled Eddie Howe knows how important Wilson will be to trying to keep Bournemouth in the top flight. "I am delighted for him," Howe said, "as I am delighted for any player who shows the right attitude and who proves any doubters wrong."

Bournemouth's other goal - the crucial third after West Ham had somehow pulled back to 2-2 - was scored by sub Marc Pugh, whose journey is as impressive.

"When we signed Marc and the tribunal figure was £100,000 from Hereford, there were a few gulps in the boardroom," said Howe. "We had no money and it was a massive signing, which shows how far we've come. He deserves all the credit he gets."

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