West Ham go down 2-0 to Bournemouth with Marko Arnautovic absent

Callum Wilson and Joshua King were on the scoresheet as stunning strike helped Bournemouth register a deserved victory over in-form West Ham at Vitality Stadium ending a five-game winless streak.

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini:

“Of course we are disappointed about the result. It was a very close game in the first 45 minutes, and in the second half, we had a clear opportunity to score the first goal. He told the media

“We didn’t and then they scored a beautiful goal, but one which had a lot of luck too because the rebound came in exactly the position for their player to shoot.

“Andy [Carroll] had a very clear chance, but he has had a long time without playing and it is not easy for a player to recover immediately.

“He is working hard and I’m sure that he will improve game-by-game.”

On Marko Arnautovic absence

“As a manager, you must make decisions on the players that work better during the week. Marko has another issue so I thought that it was not a good idea for him to play today.

“We don’t need to talk about a player that was not in the squad. I never complain about players who are not here. We have nine players injured, lets talk about the ones here that we brought to play this game.

“We didn’t win, Marko Arnautovic didn’t play so we must have other players to step up”.

Next Fixture?

West Ham travel to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, 26 January then face  Wolves in the Premier League three days later (19:45 GMT).

Bournemouth, out of the Cup, are next in action on Wednesday, 30 January when they host Chelsea in the Premier League (19:45 GMT).

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