Hammer Bowen: ‘We shouldn’t have invited that pressure’

Jarrod Bowen is the next in line for a new contract at West Ham with his deal expiring in 2025


Jarrod Bowen’s sensational season-opening goal at AFC Bournemouth was something to behold but the Hammers goal scoring star was  left disappointed of course at the final result.

Jarrod started the season as he ended the last with a vital goal but sadly it didn’t have the same effect as the one in Prague of course.

In fact he left the Vitality Stadium believing the Irons should have done more and was upset that we didn’t manage to kill the game off.

The Hammers let the Cherries control things in the second half and to be honest that was particularly disappointing given the south coast outfit didn’t look the best of teams.

He was particularly disappointed that we invited the pressure on ourselves in the last 15 minutes when of course it should have been us attempting to see off the opposition.

He spoke to after the game and made his feelings clear saying:  “Ultimately in the end we invited the pressure a little too much and as players on the pitch we had to control the game when we’re 1-0 up, to take the ball and kill the game off.

Yes, it’s disappointing because of course you want to hold onto the lead in those last ten, 15 minutes, but I think we could have done more to manage the game and not invite that pressure.

We wanted three points and we’re disappointed with a point, but we’ll take it. There’s a lot to work on, a lot to improve and we have our first home game next week which we’ll be really excited for.

We tried to do the same and pick our moments to press at the right times and turn the ball over. On the turnover we’ve been a really good counter-attack team and we don’t want to lose that.

It probably goes back to my point of managing the game. When you turn it over it’s about keeping the ball for the first couple of passes.

You don’t have to score in three seconds, you can keep the ball and work your way. I think we saw a bit of that today – we had a few chances, Tomáš hit the post, Lucas hit the post, Ingsy had a couple and I had a couple. We had a few chances to put the game to bed, and with the way we want to be this year we want to come here and win these games.

You always want to get off the mark as quickly as possible. That’s been my aim through pre-season, you build the confidence in pre-season and come the first game I wanted to score.

I probably didn’t expect a strike like that! I’m more disappointed with my strike in the first half which went wide, but when I got the second one I hit the ball properly and watched it go in the back of the net.

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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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  • Cowhead13 says:

    All this shows is that Moyes has learned absolutely nothing from last year. When we attack we score goals. When we sit back we concede goals. If Moyes wants the team to play better that will only happen if he leaves the club.

  • Austrick says:

    I don’t get how we can’t hold the ball like most others. Watching teams like City- they always have a player free for a pass. We don’t! We struggle at best. It’s got to be player movement. 5 at the back doesn’t help either.

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