Record breaking Hammer so fed up!


Jarrod Bowen knows exactly what you have to do at Anfield and the Irons didn’t manage it.

The Hammers No 20 took another remarkable chance to score with an amazing low header into the far side of Liverpool’s net.

Filled the gap when Mikey was failing to fire

It was the one chance we took and paid the heaviest of prices for failing to take other – notably in the open 15 minutes – which would have put a totally different complexion on the game.

Obviously the Hammer – after scoring his fourth away goal of the season and creating a new club record – he felt only acute disappointment at the end admitting that the one thing you HAVE to do oat the ground is to take your chances.

He said: “We just conceded goals and it fell out of our hands a bit, so I’m just disappointed to lose the game.

“I think we had a few chances and when you come here and have chances you have to take them because coming away to Anfield is never easy and we created good chances and maybe we should have put them away.

But we’ve also got to keep the ball out of our net as well to give us the best chance we’ve got right until the end of the game.”

Bowen was asked why West Ham were unable to match the intensity and resilience they showed in the first half in the second period, allowing Liverpool to increasingly grow in confidence, particularly after Uruguayan Núñez had volleyed the home side in front on the hour-mark.

He said: “Maybe we dropped off a bit and we gave them too much time and they probably upped their quality as well.

“It was a game of two halves because we were probably happy going in [at half-time] with a draw because we’d played some good stuff and created some good chances, but in the second half we didn’t create as much as what we wanted.”

After netting at AFC Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town, the 26-year-old was on target again, getting in front of Virgil van Dijk to head Vladimír Coufal’s low cross expertly past Alisson and in off the post.

I always want to get in the box when the ball is wide and the ball just came in and it was low. It was my first instinct to head the ball and watching it go into the bottom corner was nice, but it counts for nothing so I can’t be too happy about it, but scoring a goal is always nice.

“I always want to score goals and get assists and create for the team as I feel I can bring things to the team going forward, so I want to keep scoring, keep assisting and keep winning games for this Club and long may it continue for the rest of the season.”

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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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