Kurt Zouma's contentious header and Said Benrahma's late penalty ensured West Ham moved up into the top half in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth
David Moyes' side entered the game 17th in the table, but it was a position not reflective of performances, with injuries the key disruptor to their heightened pre-season ambition.
The mood music around the London Stadium has been mixed as a result of three wins in West Ham's previous 11 games caused in part by missing personnel, missed penalties and VAR misery
Jarrod Bowen's corner was eventually glanced in by Zouma following Tomas Soucek's header back across goal - but it was a perceived handball from Thilo Kehrer in the build-up which caused dismay among the Bournemouth players.
West Ham were awarded a penalty in second-half stoppage time when substitute Jordan Zemura handled Vladimir Coufal's cross, allowing Benrahma to seal the win from the spot.
Bournemouth boss Gary O'Neil said afterwards: "The first goal cannot stand. It's impossible for me that it's a goal.
"His arm moves towards the ball and it impacted where the ball was going. I can't understand how that would be given as his hand is in an unnatural position as it moved towards the ball"
"I also think there was a foul in the build-up to it as well which was more subtle."
The result means Bournemouth drop to 14th position as the Hammers leapfrog them on their way up to 10th place.