Proud Jarrod Bowen


Proud Jarrod Bowen was relieved as the Hammers took Wolves apart at the London Stadium today admitting the lads have had a good look at themselves over the last few days. Forgetting the Fulham debacle is difficult but we went some way to doing so against Freiburg and finished that particular journey this afternoon against Gary O’Neil’s men.

Bowen scored his 11th goal of the season – a beautiful second half effort after Mo Kudus had put us two ahead against a Wolves side that could never find a way through our well organised defence i n which Alvarez and Zouma were outstanding

The three goals and the three points means the Hammers have lost just one game in nine matches and Bowen admitted the side took a chance to reflect following that defeat to the Cottagers before taking immense pride in the manner of West Ham United’s Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He said: “We took a good look at ourselves. “Yes, we beat Tottenham Hotspur on the Thursday night but then we turned up at Fulham and got done by five. This week, we beat Freiburg and we had to apply ourselves in a certain way on Thursday, and I think we did that today.We scored three really good goals. It was an exciting game to play in and be a part of. Three points and three goals makes a really good win for us.”

Lucas Paquetá was also superb in Sunday’s win, laying on all three assists for Kudus and Bowen to tuck away, and the No20 is relishing playing alongside the No10 and Ghana international.

Jarrod added: “We’re playing with freedom; me, Mo and Lucas. We’ve got a really good understanding and there were times when Mo was up front and I was out on the wing. There were times when it was the other way around but I think that is the quality that the three of us have.

“We have that flexibility and it’s the same on the training pitch. We love playing together.”

Jarrod Bowen runs with the ball against Wolves

Now attention quickly turns to Wednesday evening’s Carabao Cup quarter-final at Liverpool along with Manchester United’s visit to the London Stadium next Saturday.

Bowen added: “It’s an exciting time. As a player, you want to be in as many competitions as possible. We’ve got a chance now on Wednesday night to get a place in the Carabao Cup semi-final, and then we play Manchester United on Saturday too. That will be another tasty game and there’s a lot to look forward to.

“We’re glad we got the win today. It moves us up the table and it makes things interesting over the Christmas period.”

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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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