West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth - Player Ratings: The Hammers get off to a winning start in their new home
The home side celebrate Antonio's late winner (Picture: The Guardian)

As West Ham officially started their league campaign in their new London Stadium, many people were sceptical about the Hammers' chances, given they were missing a handful of very key players.

The likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew were still not able to feature at all, and they were also set back by the injury to Andy Carroll on Thursday night, who is expected to face at least two months on the sidelines.

For Bournemouth, it was a chance to crash the housewarming party for the East London club, and from the outset, their intentions were clearly just that. The away side were frustrating the hosts, cancelling out most of their attacks, and even had a few chances to score themselves. But for the neutral, it certainly wouldn't have lived long in the memory.

In the second-half, there was more of the same. Bournemouth were edging the possession, but West Ham were having the better of the clear cut chances. As the game went on, a stalemate was looking more and more likely. West Ham looked threatening when getting it out wide to Michail Antonio and Gokhan Tore, but they couldn't seem to find that end result. 

Slaven Bilic brought on new signing Jonathan Calleri in place of Enner Valencia, who struggled to make an impact all afternoon, and it seemed to give them an extra push.

With five minutes of normal time remaining, Antonio burst down the right wing and put a cross in hard and low which nobody managed to get on the end of, but Tore retrieved the loose ball. He produced a couple of step overs and beat his man to float a glorious ball over to the far post and Antonio was there to head it in. Bournemouth had finally been broken down. 

In the last minute of added time, West Ham caught Bournemouth on the counter attack and substitute Jonathan Calleri had just the keeper to beat, but he struck wide as the game ended 1-0.

It was never going to be pretty with the amount of injuries that West Ham had, so the result will be the only thing that would matter to Slaven Bilic.

'Keeper and Defence

Adrian (7) - The Spaniard was very safe and sound all afternoon. He pulled out a couple of brilliant saves and never looked in danger of making a mistake. Who knows, on another day Bournemouth could have come away with more had it not have been for his fine display. 

Sam Byram (7) - It was a day for the young defender to prove himself and he didn't disappoint. His confidence must have taken a hit after being continuously dropped to accomodate a player who isn't even a natural right back, but he produced a very efficient performance and rarely looked troubled. It looks like he could play quite a big part in West Ham's season.

James Collins (7) - Again, he produced a good all-round performance. After his good display and goal against Chelsea on Monday night, he has again proved why the manager has so much faith in him in that position, and he will be very hard to push out of the team at this rate. 

Winston Reid (7) - Worked well with Collins all afternoon and managed to keep Callum Wilson relatively quiet. Was clear to see a good understanding between the two centre halves which sometimes was lacking against Chelsea. 

Arthur Masuaku (8) - After an impressive performance on his debut, he managed to build on that and be a key player at the back again. Not only does he have very good defensive qualities, but going forward he is also a very useful asset. He was very composed on the ball and always looked for the pass instead of just clearing his lines. Bilic certainly has a selection headache when Aaron Cresswell returns from injury if Masuaku keeps these performances up.

Midfield and Attack 

Cheikhou Kouyate (7) - Many sources before the game were saying that Kouyate was carrying a slight injury and may have to miss the game. So for him to come in and still have a very solid run-out is testament to his importance to the squad. He is really solidifying his name as West Ham's 'Mr Reliable'. 

Havard Nordtveit (7) - After a very disappointing debut, he showed West Ham fans more of what they were expecting of him when he first signed for the club. He was very composed on the ball and was happy to help out the back four when Bournemouth were pushing forward. Much better from the Norweigan. 

Antonio celebrates his late match-winner. (Picture: Daily Mail)
Antonio celebrates his late match-winner. (Picture: Daily Mail)

Mark Noble (7) - Another player who disappointed on Monday night, but on Sunday he was very nearly back to some of the form that he showed last season. Having played three times in six days, it was a very impressive performance from the skipper considering the circumstances.

Gokhan Tore (7) - Looked a lot better today when he was in attack. He was penetrating when he was on the ball and put a handful of decent crosses into the box. He also assisted the winner which Antonio headed in and the most dangerous areas of the pitch today for West Ham were from the two wide players.

Michail Antonio (8) - He was finally put in his most comfortable position and he undoubtedly showed why everyone has been crying out for him to return further forward. He is an attacking player for a reason and it is exactly what West Ham have missed recently. He was beating players with ease and scored the winner. A brilliant afternoon for him. 

Enner Valencia (5) - Had one decent effort in the first half which produced a good save from Artur Boruc but overall he had very little impact. He was brought off early into the second half and walked very slowly off the pitch, which frustrated a large section of the home crowd. His days are surely numbered with the Hammers now.


Jonathan Calleri (6) - Had some positive moments in the game. He held up the ball well and allowed the attack to gain numbers. Should have put the game beyond all doubt at the end though with a one-on-one, which he has to be scoring as a striker.

Ashley Fletcher (6) - Didn't really have much time to make an impact but did nothing bad. He looks a promising young talent and he could have some involvement this year with the team as they look to go further in the Europa League as well.

Pedro Obiang (5) - Was brought on in the last few minutes and was booked in one of his first passages of play. It might be unfair to give him a rating considering his limited involvement but because of the booking, it drops his rating slightly.