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Players deserve credit for my ideal return: Moyes

West Ham 4 Bournemouth 0

Great start: David Moyes salutes victory in his first match back
Great start: David Moyes salutes victory in his first match back

By Andy Sims

David Moyes admitted his second spell at West Ham could not have got off to a better start after a thumping 4-0 win over Bournemouth.

Mark Noble scored twice, while Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson were also on target as the Hammers stopped the rot that had set in under previous manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Moyes received a lukewarm reception from the home fans before kick-off, but those underwhelmed by his appointment were not complaining by the end.

He said: "I don't think I could have had a better start.

"But I can't take the credit, the players take the credit with their attitude and commitment, it felt as if they could give the supporters something.

"They played really well.

"We've only had a couple of days with them and I tried to make it as simple as I could.

"In truth, I don't know most of the players, but I tried to use every bit of time. I had a conversation with them all and spoke to one or two individuals.

"Ultimately we tried to work on a good defensive shape and making sure we didn't lose possession.

"It's the first game and I felt I didn't have enough time to work with the players.

"That's why it's difficult to take any credit.

"It was about being brave on the ball, trying to regain confidence, trying to regain the trust from the crowd."

West Ham took a 17th-minute lead when Noble's shot deflected off Lewis Cook and wrong-footed Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Nine minutes later, West Ham doubled their lead when record signing Haller acrobatically volleyed in a Ryan Fredericks cross.

Noble tucked in the third from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Harry Wilson before half-time.

Then Anderson grabbed a breakaway fourth after the interval to finally get off the mark for the season.

Moyes added: "I'd been asking him if he's a Brazilian.

"Brazilians score goals, Brazilians make the difference, they do stuff that makes us all excited. All I'd said to him was, 'Give us a Brazilian goal'.

"And, to be fair to him, that's what he did."

Everything was going West Ham's way, so much so that Aaron Cresswell even had a red card for a foul on Ryan Fraser downgraded to a yellow by VAR.

While the Hammers levered themselves back out of the bottom three, injury-ravaged Bournemouth slid into it.

Boss Eddie Howe said: "It's been a really difficult run.

"We've been knocked quite a lot this season with the injuries and the run that we've had.

"We had players playing who were not 100 per cent fit.

"It's not an excuse. The players gave everything but they were not in the best physical condition to play.

"At this level, you get found out.

"It's our first time in the relegation zone for a long time, but that might turn out to be a good thing for us. It will change the mindset."

Bournemouth mustered just three shots in this match - it's the third time this season they've had three or fewer shots in a Premier League game, more often than any other side.

And Noble has scored 26 penalties in the Premier League - only Alan Shearer (56), Frank Lampard (43) and Steven Gerrard (32) have netted more from the spot in the competition.

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