West Ham first two home games of the season have ended in defeat.
The Hammers lost 4-3 to AFC Bournemouth in a thrilling match at Upton park on Saturday, August 22.
This was the first league meeting between West Ham and Bournemouth since April 1990 and only their third in such competitions.
With the Upton Park pitch basking in the sunshine, the Hammers produced the first moment of the game after seven minutes.
Winston Reid’s downward header from Dimitri Payet’s corner caused problems for the Cherries' backline as captain Kevin Nolan prodded the ball past Artur Boruc, but referee Jonathan Moss correctly overruled.
However, despite the seven-minute chance, newly promoted Bournemouth finally scored their first goal in Premier League football on the 11 minute mark.
Right back Simon Francis caught Aaron Cresswell out and his driven cross was superbly finished by striker Callum Wilson.
Cresswell attempted to amend his earlier error by producing a delicious cross but it was just out of the reach for striker Diafra Sakho, as the Hammers looked for a quick response.
Another defensive lapse could have punished the hosts even more after 20 minutes.
This time West Ham’s other full back Carl Jenkinson was the man in the firing line as Max Gradel pressured the England Under 21 international in a dangerous area.
However, Reid was on hand to block the Ivory Coast winger’s shot as it looked like Jenkinson was going to be in for a tough afternoon.
After 27 minutes, it went from bad to worse for the Hammers. Again, Cresswell was at fault as his ridiculous pass in his own area was pounced on by Wilson who easily beat Darren Randolph to notch his brace.
The visitors were capitalising on a so far dreadful first half performance and it almost put the game to bed.
Josh King blazed over from Francis cross, while Wilson proved his capacity to perform at the highest level by running the Hammers defenders raged.
So far this season, Wilson has had 19 touches in the opposition box – only Alexis Sanchez has had more.
In an attempt to shore up the defence, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic made an early substitution.
With most expecting Carl Jenkinson to be replaced, it was in fact Angelo Ogbonna, the best defender for the east Londoners, who was made way for James Tomkins, much to the anger of the home faithful.
Wilson was tearing West Ham to shreds and, on the cusp of the half time whistle, the former Coventry City front man unselfishly found the equally brilliant Gradel but Randolph was on hand to palm away his effort as the Hammers players were in for some stern words from Bilic at the break.
West Ham made a change for the second half. Nolan was replaced by winger Matt Jarvis as an injection of pace on the flanks was much needed.
The host’s response after the derisory first 45 minutes was immediate and positive as the E13 club were back in the game.
Bournemouth’s Josh King’s foul on Mark Noble inside the box saw the referee point to the spot.
Noble made no mistake in dispatching the spot kick and West Ham now looked in the ascendency.
The away visitors, who did not stop making noise in the first half, were extremely quiet now.
Diafra Sakho’s shot on the turn inside the box was saved by the feet of Artur Boruc, only for Sakho’s fellow countryman Cheikhou Kouyate to follow up the rebound and notch his second goal of the season.
Gradel looked to quickly restore the Cherries' lead with an attempt from 25 yards that flashed just wide, as the game was end to end action in the second half.
Deputising for the suspended Adrian, Randolph produced a magnificent reactive save to deny substitute Marc Pugh just after an hour.
Pugh’s shot from outside the area forced the former Birmingham City shot stopper to change direction and, as a result, cheered the Boleyn Ground with a superb stop.
With the Claret and Blue outfit looking for a possible third goal, referee Moss stopped the game approximately every 20 minutes for a drinks break due to the heat.
All the hard work that went into bringing the game back on level terms from West Ham was lost again as Pugh put the visitors back in the lead.
After some neat build up play, Jenkinson, who was having a game to forget, was left on the floor by Pugh who finished beautifully.
If you determine a match by player rating’s, Arsenal loanee Jenkinson would struggle to reach single figures.
His slow reaction to clear the ball was pounced on by Gradel, who reached the area and was brought down by the full back.
Jenkinson was shown a red card and Wilson calmly slotted the ball past Randolph to claim his hat-trick.
Three minutes later, nerves could’ve potentially kicked in for the Cherries as Mali international and substitute Modibo Maiga kept his cool to beat Boruc in a one-on-one situation.
However, other than a late corner which could’ve made it 4-4, Eddie Howe’s men were comfortable in securing their first win as a Premier League club.
West Ham: Randolph, Jenkinson, Redi, Ogbonna (Tomkins, 34), Cresswell; Obiang, Kouyate, Noble, Nolan © (Jarvis, 45), Payet; Sakho (Maiga, 73).
Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Collins, Lanzini, Cullen.
Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick (c), Surman, Gradel (Gosling, 84), Daniels, Wilson, King (Pugh, 51), Ritchie (Smith, 90), O'Kane.
Subs Not Used: Federici, Mings, Kermorgant, Distin.