Week 28: King hat-trick helps Bournemouth edge past West Ham, Hull grab big win over Swansea

Joshua King missed a penalty and scored a hat-trick as Bournemouth picked up their first win of 2017 and moved six points clear of the relegation zone in a 3-2 win over West Ham.

Sofiane Feghouli brought down Charlie Daniels in the box to give Bournemouth the chance to take the lead after nine minutes, but striker King sent his spot kick the wrong side of the post.

Joshua King’s hat-trick helped Bournemouth to their first win of 2017
image: skysports.com

Moments later, Feghouli made up for his mistake as he set up Michail Antonio to put the Hammers in front on ten minutes, as the winger slotted the ball into the far bottom corner.

King put his missed penalty behind him to pull Eddie Howe’s side level on the half hour mark as he beat Darren Randolph at his near post from close range, but Benik Afobe missed the chance to put Bournemouth in front as Randolph easily saved a poor penalty kick.

Despite two missed penalties from the home side, Bournemouth eventually took the lead three minutes into the second half when King’s left-footed volley hit the back of the net.

Andre Ayew scored West Ham’s equaliser on 83 minutes as he turned in from Sam Byram’s pull back, but King completed his hat-trick in injury time smashing the ball home on the rebound of Jack Wilshere’s effort to bag Bournemouth’s first win in nine games.

There was also a big win for Hull with Marco Silva’s side moving to within one point of safety, as substitute Oumar Niasse grabbed both goals in a 2-1 win over Swansea.

Former Everton man Niasse broke the deadlock after 69 minutes as he fired low past Lukas Fabianski from inside the box, before he doubled their lead nine minutes later when he got on the end of Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross and slotted home from close range.

Alfie Mawson pulled one back for the visitors in injury time as the defender headed home from Gylfi Sigurddson’s free-kick, but it proved nothing more than a consolation as Hull held on for a massive three points.

Liverpool recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since December, but it was from easy for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had to battle from a goal down to pick up a 2-1 win over Burnley.

Ashley Barnes gave the Clarets a surprise lead after just seven minutes as he turned the ball home from Matthew Lowton’s long ball, but Giorgino Wijnaldum grabbed Liverpool’s equaliser just before half-time with a calm right-footed effort from inside the box.

Substitute Emre Can grabbed the winner for Liverpool just after the hour mark with his long-range effort finding its way into the bottom corner, as Liverpool boosted their chances of a top four finish.

Everton got back to winning ways as they also kept their hopes of European football alive with Romelu Lukaku’s 19th goal of the season sealing the deal on a comfortable 3-0 win over West Brom.

Kevin Mirallas gave Everton the lead six minutes before the break as he smashed the ball home from inside the box, after Ben Foster could only parry Ross Barkley’s effort in the direction of the Belgian winger.

Morgan Schneiderlin’s first Everton goal made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time as he collected Romelu Lukaku’s pass to squeeze the ball into the far corner from a tight angle, before Lukaku headed home from Barkley’s cross on 82 minutes to make sure of an Everton victory.

Romelu Lukaku is now joint top scorer with 19 goals
image: dailymail.co.uk

Saturday 11 Mar

Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham (King 31, 48, 90 | Antonio 10, Ayew 83)
Everton 3-0 West Brom (Mirallas 39, Schneiderlin 45, Lukaku 82)
Hull 2-1 Swansea (Niasse 69, 78 | Mawson 90)

Sunday 12 Mar

Liverpool 2-1 Burnley (Wijnaldum 45, Can 61 | Barnes 7)

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