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Mark Noble stars as West Ham hammer Bournemouth 4-0 on David Moyes’ return



David Moyes made a flying start to his second spell at West Ham as the Hammers crushed Bournemouth to move out of the relegation zone.

Mark Noble scored a brace, Sebastien Haller netted a stunning bicycle kick and Felipe Anderson added a fourth as Moyes made an instant impact on his return to the London Stadium.

“The good times are back,” said the West Ham pitch announcer. “The Moysiah has returned.”

Some fans have criticised the appointment of Moyes as a backwards step but this was the perfect way for the Scot to get the new era at West Ham up and running.

The Hammers had dropped into the bottom three after Aston Villa won earlier in the day but their first victory since Christmas moves them up to 16th.

Bournemouth slip into the relegation zone and there is already a completely different feel around West Ham following the appointment of Moyes.

Captain Noble led by example and West Ham were vastly improved from their poor displays under Manuel Pellegrini.

West Ham fans got a performance full of commitment and the Hammers were even playing “Ole” football by the end.

Moyes said at his unveiling earlier this week that it was time for the players to step up and West Ham never looked back from the moment Noble gave them an early lead.

It took just 17 minutes for the Moyes era to get up and running when Robert Snodgrass picked out Noble on the end of the area and his shot deflected off Lewis Cook and past Aaron Ramsdale.

Haller doubled the lead on 25 minutes with a stunning bicycle kick to challenge Brighton forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh for best goal of the opening weekend of the decade.

It was 3-0 and West Ham were cruising when Noble won and then converted a penalty to leave the Hammers in dreamland before the break.

Anderson scored a brilliant fourth in the second half when he controlled a long diagonal with an exquisite touch before running into the box and slotting home.

Aaron Cresswell had a red card downgraded to a yellow following a challenge on Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser and West Ham ran out comfortable winners.

“Before we can talk about challenging higher up the table, we have a lot of work to do,” said Moyes in his programme notes before the game. This was an ideal start.

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