Manuel Pellegrini believes West Ham were firmly in their game at Bournemouth for the first half and admits that the Hammers should have attacked more against a team he feels are vulnerable at the back.

The opening 45 minutes at Dean Court was low on action, with both sides failing to register a shot on target in the first half as they went in 0-0 at the break.

But Bournemouth broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute, with Callum Wilson producing a superb strike.

He got onto the end of a deflected cross and hit a powerful effort which flew into the back of the net before even West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could dive.

Wilson then hit the woodwork with 70 minutes on the clock, before the Cherries sealed the deal at the death when Joshua King got on the scoresheet.

It finished 2-0 to Bournemouth and Pellegrini admits he is disappointed, especially as he feels it was a close contest in the first half.

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He told his post match press conference: "I am disappointed about the result.

"We needed to create more, shoot more against a team that conceded four in the last few games.

"For 45 minutes it was a close game, when we started the second half we had a clear chance to score but we didn’t."

Pellegrini was also asked why Lucas Perez was not in the squad and says, as with Marko Arnautovic, he felt other options were better.

"Like Marko, I chose the 18 players that were better during the week."