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Pellegrini: ‘Everyone must forget about last season’

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Manuel Pellegrini is already asking for patience from West Ham United’s beleaguered supporters.

The Irons tossed away an early lead at home on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Bournemouth after last week’s season-opening 4-0 loss to Liverpool.

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The manager saw some ghosts of seasons’ past in the defeat.

“The squad, everyone must forget about last season, trust what we are doing and look to the future,” he said. “I feel the squad is without trust, many have to adapt to the Premier League. We knew we had a difficult start with fixtures but at home we must win.”

And Pellegrini thought his team fought to the death with a belief alien to the crowd at the London Stadium. From the BBC:

“The fans must also trust again this season. The stadium was empty with 10 minutes to go, we can still score in that time. They need to believe but if you don’t have results it is more difficult for them.”

One way to restore trust is to get an expected result, if not an impressive one. After dropping their first two matches, Pellegrini’s men travel to Arsenal before a home League Cup date with AFC Wimbledon.

Bournemouth fight back to stun West Ham

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  • Arnautovic gave Hammers lead
  • Wilson wonder-goal levelled the game
  • Cook’s header wins it for Cherries
  • Two wins to open the season for Bournemouth

Bournemouth beat West Ham United 2-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday, as Manuel Pellegrini‘s home debut did not got to plan.

The Hammers took the lead through Marko Arnautovic‘s penalty kick and looked bright in the first half, but Bournemouth surged back after the break and a superb solo goal from Callum Wilson drew the level before Steve Cook won it.

Two defeats from two for West Ham, while it’s two wins from two for Bournemouth.

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Early on West Ham’s Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Hernandez were sharp on the break.

Bournemouth tried to stop the Hammers from playing but they struggled to get going.

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West Ham almost took the lead as Asmir Begovic denied Javier Hernandez after smart link-up play with Arnautovic. Soon after Bournemouth should have taken the lead against the run of play as Callum Wilson raced clear but was denied brilliantly by Lukasz Fabianski.

The Hammers opened the scoring from the penalty spot soon after as Hernandez was taken down by Nathan Ake in the penalty area with slight contact. Arnautovic smashed home the spot kick to put West Ham 1-0 up.

David Brooks sent a header wide for Bournemouth in a rare chance as the Cherries should have been level.

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After the break Bournemouth almost doubled West Ham’s lead for them, with Ake heading towards his own goal but Ryan Fraser clearing off the line.

Bournemouth pushed hard for an equalizer and they got one from Wilson who scored a beauty to make it 1-1. The Englishman dribbled past multiple defenders before finishing.

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The Cherries then went ahead as Cook nodded home Fraser’s free kick to send the away fans wild at the London Stadium.

Late on West Ham threw everything at Bournemouth but the Cherries held on for a huge away win.

AT HALF: Everton, Leicester cruising; Spurs score beauty (video)

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It’s a good day to be the home side, at least after halftime of four 10 a.m. ET kickoffs in the Premier League.

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A day which began with Cardiff City saving a point in their home return to the top flight rolls into England ahead of the 12:30 p.m. ET match between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Everton 2-0 Southampton [STREAM]

Richarlison has three goals in two matches with Everton, the big money man joining Theo Walcott‘s early goal in giving the Toffees a healthy halftime advantage.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Fulham [STREAM]

Spurs were all over the Cottagers to start the game, and Lucas Moura blew a pair of chances to give Tottenham a lead before registering a beauty just before halftime.

West Ham United 1-0 Bournemouth [STREAM]

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez won a penalty kick and Marko Arnautovic left no doubt about his spot kick as Manuel Pellegrini‘s men are bouncing back from a rough start to the campaign.

Leicester City 2-0 Wolves [STREAM]

An own goal put the Foxes in front after a lively start from the visitors.

James Maddison made it 2-0 in the 45th minute with a bouncing shot just outside the arc for his first Premier League goal.

Lethal Liverpool wallops West Ham

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  • Mane bags two
  • Salah scores (again)
  • Sturridge rounds it out

New-look Liverpool appeared even more dangerous than its previous edition, scoring four goals in a decisive win over West Ham United on Sunday at Anfield.

Sadio Mane scored twice in the win, Naby Keita was fantastic on debut, and both Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge found the back of the net in the win.

It was a shoulder-shrugging debut for Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham manager. What could he have done?

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The Reds were very lively early, as West Ham attempted to weather the opening charge at Anfield.

Salah got the opener by running to the back post to slot Andy Robertson‘s cross-six pass into the goal after Naby Keita dribbled into space.

Fabianski made an outstanding save on Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s 24th minute free kick, even if the effort may’ve simply clanged the post had the keeper not reached it.

Angelo Ogbonna swept a long ball over the top for Marko Arnautovic as the Austrian surged forward, leading to a corner collected by Alisson.

Fabianski had to collect a tame Salah header in the 37th, and then the Egyptian was stymied well by the Polish keeper following a Roberto Firmino pass to the doorstep.

If West Ham could just get to halft… whoops. Robertson spun a back post cross that could’ve easily been out for a goal kick had industrious James Milner not slid to rescue the ball and knock it into the path of Mane for a tap-in. 2-0.

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An offside Mane needed just seven minutes of second half play to make it 3-0 to the hosts, pushing a shot past Fabianski off a Roberto Firmino feed.

Sturridge had been in the game for less than a half-minute when he knocked a back post corner beyond Fabianski’s reach.

Watch Live: Liverpool-West Ham, Saints-Burnley

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Two Sunday morning games kick start the Premier League season’s third day, leading into the 11 a.m. meeting between Manchester City and Arsenal.

The more attractive of the two sees star-packed Liverpool hosting Manuel Pellegrini‘s reinforced West Ham United (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Naby Keita and Alisson debut for Liverpool, while West Ham has new boys Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson, and Ryan Fredericks in the Starting XI.

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Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane. Subs: Karius, Clyne, Fabinho, Henderson, Sturridge, Lallana, Shaqiri.

West Ham: Fabianski, Rice, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Fredericks, Anderson, Noble, Wilshere, Masuaku, Antonio, Arnautovic. Subs: Adrian, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Obiang, Hernandez, Yarmolenko, Diop.


Saints and Burnley are squaring off at St. Mary’s, with new Southampton men Jannik Vestergaard and Stuart Armstrong debuting against a Clarets side which played Thursday in the Europa League (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET online via NBC Sports Gold).

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Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Armstrong, Redmond, Austin. Subs: Gunn, Bednarek, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Ings, Gabbiadini.

BurnleyHart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Hendrick, Westwood, Gudmundsson, Wood. Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Vokes, Barnes, Gibson, Walters, Bardsley