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Bournemouth edges West Ham for first ever Premier League win

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Saturday, August 22, 2015, 5:09 PM

Callum Wilson (c.) celebrates his second tally during a three-goal outburst for Bournemouth.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Callum Wilson (c.) celebrates his second tally during a three-goal outburst for Bournemouth.

LONDON (AP) — Callum Wilson scored a hat trick as Bournemouth got its first ever Premier League victory by edging West Ham 4-3 Saturday at Upton Park.

The 23-year-old striker volleyed home in the 11th minute for his first goal in the top flight.

Wilson then capitalized on a poor pass from Aaron Cresswell to score his second in the 28th before West Ham quickly rallied after the break with two goals — a penalty from Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate’s tap in.

Substitute Marc Pugh put Bournemouth ahead again in the 66th and West Ham left back Carl Jenkinson got a red card for clipping Max Gradel in the box.

Wilson sealed the win by converting the subsequent penalty, although substitute Modibo Maiga scored in the 82nd to ensure a lively end.

It was a well-deserved victory for Bournemouth, whose fast pass-and-move style had enabled the south coast club to win the Championship last season but not — until Saturday — score in the Premier League.

Bournemouth had endured two narrow defeats this season, including a controversial 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Monday that featured an offside goal from Christian Benteke which the Premier League conceded shouldn’t have stood.

For Bournemouth to survive the top tier, it will rely heavily on Wilson to carry on finding the back of the net.

The striker, who has one England Under-21 cap to his name, scored 20 league goals last season, and recently signed a new four-year contract with the south coast club .

“He was a real menace today with his pace and movement,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said. “He’s the type of player that always ends up getting chances, and of course his challenge is to try and be clinical when they come.”


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