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Bowen’s ready for Spurs

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Jarrod Bowen‘s ready for Spurs but could not could not be more aware of the threat the Irons face  tonight. Let’s hope this will be an “only West Ham ” night. We have always had a habit of coming up with unexpected wins after failing to impress in what may be thought of as lesser oppositions. Tonight offer a chance of it happening again with a full strength Irons side facing a team plagued with injuries and missing the significant presence of playmaker  James Maddison which could be really important.

We of course are on the back of a five game unbeaten run whilst the Spuds ended a three-match losing streak on Sunday with a frantic but confidence boosting 3-3 draw at Manchester City and who will be ready to make that count tonight. Bowen knows West Ham will need to be disciplined if they are to comer away with three points from a game which the home sire will be favourites.

Quoted on www.whufc.com Jarrod said: “Tottenham have started really well,. It will be a really tough game. We played them in pre-season over in Australia and they were really good. They’re a great team and it’s going to be difficult. But, at the same time, it’s a derby under the lights and I’m sure there will be a really good atmosphere. It’s down to us to go there and try to win the game.

“I think you saw at the weekend, against Manchester City, what Tottenham are about. It was a really good game, it was open and attacking, so it will be difficult for us on Thursday. But we’ve got to stamp our authority on them.”

“There is still a lot of football to be played. I think this season, in the Premier League, is the most competitive it’s been in a long, long time. Even looking at the top ten and then the teams slightly below, every team is a top side now. It’s never easy in this league but this season, in particular, is very tough.

“We’re there or thereabouts. We’re probably a few points off where we’d like to be, in terms of going up into the European places, but there is a lot of football still to be played and we can’t judge ourselves too much on 14 games played so far.”

Bowen is relishing his recent run of form and is eager to keep it going throughout the remainder of the season.

“I want to be the top goal scorer at the Club and I relish that competition and that responsibility of scoring goals. I’ve started with a good few goals this season but I want to score more. We’ve got a few games coming up quickly now, which is a real chance to get a few more. If possible, I’d want to score every week, but it’s more important the team wins the games.

“I’m probably the best form of my career and enjoying my football as much as ever. Maybe things away from the pitch have helped me as a person and a player but, whatever it is, I really want to keep it going.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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