Bournemouth and Hull City has boosted their respective hopes of staying up in the Premier League after registering victories in their respective fixture this week.
It was also an important one for Bournemouth as the team managed to secure their first win in the calendar year — a 3-2 victory against West Ham United, thanks to Joshua King’s hat-trick despite missing two penalties.
King had missed from the spot after Marc Pugh was fouled early on, and 48 seconds later West Ham took the lead when Michail Antonio swept a low shot into the bottom corner.
Another spot kick came to Bournemouth after Marc Pugh was fouled but again it was squandered as Darren Randolph saved Benik Afobe’s effort.
Even then, the hosts did not let their heads drop and their spirit was rewarded as they went level with King hooking the ball over his marker before volleying home. He then made it 2-1 with a close range finish just after the break.
Andre Ayew seemed to have earn a draw for West Ham with a placed finished late on but King stole the points deservedly when he thumped the ball into the roof of the net after Randolph had denied substitute Jack Wilshere.
As Bournemouth moved above Leicester City to a more secure spot at 30 points with 10 games to go, Hull City too won a vital match for the full 3 points.
Playing against fellow strugglers Swansea City, Oumar Niasse scored a brace for the Tigers in the space of nine minutes to secure a 2-1 win even as Swansea defender Alfie Mawson pulled one back in injury time.
Hull are now level on points against Leicester City on 27 at 16th place, although the Foxes have a game in hand against the Swans.