By Jonty Banks

24th Apr, 2023 | 8:10am

Troy Deeney praises Pablo Fornals for 'unbelievable' moment in West Ham United win v Bournemouth live on Match of the Day 2

Troy Deeney has heaped praise on West Ham United attacker Pablo Fornals for his “unbelievable” scorpion kick in the 4-0 win against Bournemouth on Sunday (23 April).

The Hammers eased any immediate relegation fears with a totally dominant victory at the Vitality Stadium, which took them six points clear of the bottom three with seven games of their season remaining.

Goals from Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqeuta and Declan Rice saw West Ham race into a 3-0 lead before half-time, but speaking live on Match of the Day 2, Deeney waxed lyrical on club’s fourth, which saw the Spaniard claim a cross from behind his head by jumping forward, spinning his right boot above his head and back heeling it beyond Neto.

“I feel like for me, they [Bournemouth] played into the traps, and it all just teed off,” he said.

“I think this is an unbelievable goal [from Fornals] and I feel like we all wish we could have scored that.

“My hips aren’t made for that, I’m not a good dancer, and I don’t have that agility any more but you have to appreciate that, and the emotion of the game took over.”

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West Ham United have quite clearly turned a corner in their season at just the right time.

David Moyes’ side have struggled for consistency all year long, looking leggy and uninspired at times, especially considering their extra commitments in Europe.

However, the team who have played three times in the last week are a throwback to the side who qualified for European football last year.

As was the case against Gent in midweek, the Hammers were full of confidence in the final third, with Fornals’ audacious goal the pick of the bunch.

Despite the Spaniard having played a limited role this term and often only coming on for cameos, he took his opportunity in the second half with open arms.

His cracking goal will certainly be one for the highlights reel at the end of the season and one which should be a contender for the Premier League goal of the year.

West Ham were faultless all afternoon long, and this absolute corker was the cherry on top.