Brilliant Bowen on breaking Brighton curse


As ever Jarrod Bowen played a huge part in a big game at Brighton  – this time scoring a goal which sent us to the top of the Premier League. It gets no bigger than that!

His clever close range strike from Said Benrahma’s brilliant ball in was a little classic but once again his all round performance was something to excited about.

Jarrod has been one of our finest signings in many years and demonstrates the value of a manager who knows the Championship.

Unlike many, he is not concerned about the lack of possession by the team knowing it has served us well and at the end of it all what matters is putting the ball in the net rather than how long you have the ball at your feet.

He spoke on the game afterwards and like us all was thrilled we had finally managed to beat our bogey team on their own manor for the first time in the Premier League.

Commenting on he said: “We broke the curse, which was nice, so what an away day! We suffered a long time without the ball but you don’t fix something if it’s not broken and we’ve done so well with it over the years.

I think, especially with my goal, you saw what we do on the counter-attack. When Saïd came on, he was incredible, and he put that final ball straight onto my feet and it was it was easy for me to put away!”

We suffered a lot without the ball and gave up some chances, but we did defend well and Alphonse produced one of the best performances you’ll ever see!

Alphonse was incredible but this is a  top team and they will cause anyone in this league problems, especially here, so to keep them at a minimum in terms of goals scored, yes we gave up a lot of opportunities but to a man we defended from the front to the back.

Like I said, Alphonse was like Lev Yashin today! He was incredible. He made some really big saves. He saved the penalty last week as well, so he’s become really important to us.”

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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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