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Published: Tue, August 23, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Former Cheltenham Town player nets West Ham's first goal at London Stadium


Antonio arrived at the far post to firmly head Tore's delicious centre beyond Boruc, much to the relief of the home crowd.

Bournemouth lost midfielder Harry Arter in the 77th minute after he was shown a second yellow card for holding back Cheikhou Kouyate, having earlier been booked for dissent.

West Ham United defender Reece Burke signs a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him at the London Stadium until 2020.

Despite the sterile experience, Hammers boss Bilic claimed he enjoyed the atmosphere and said the stadium would be rocking like the Upton Park glory days if his players can repeat or improve on last season's impressive Premier League form.

West Ham's new home is the 55th ground to host Premier League action and the third largest with a capacity that can rise to 60,000 later this season.

With Bournemouth offering little going forward, Besiktas loanee Tore continued to represent West Ham's greatest threat, and he could well have been awarded a penalty had the officials spotted Charlie Daniels' late challenge was fractionally inside the area.

Whatever happens now in the career of Michail Antonio, who has journeyed from non-League to -Premier League in one of those -uplifting sporting stories, his name will be writ large in the history of West Ham United.

In the event, there was more goal-mouth action in the last 10 minutes than the rest of the match, with Bournemouth nearly equalising seven minutes later as Joshua King saw his point-blank effort saved by Adrian. The home victory might have been more convincing but substitute Jonathan Calleri shot wide after being sent free on goal. Bournemouth were better than us in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but they didn't hurt us.

"Are we going to try to get one?"

"I thought it was our game for the taking, but for one lapse of discipline, possibly we would have won it", Howe told Sky Sports.

"How we haven't scored at the end I don't know".

"It was not a good game but the lads were brilliant", said Bilic.

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