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'He's knocking on the door' – Moyes backs in-form Hammer Bowen for England


Jarrod Bowen scores
Jarrod Bowen has been directly involved in 16 goals in all competitions this season (8 goals, 8 assists), which is the most by any English player at a Premier League club

David Moyes says moving into fourth in the Premier League does not mean “an awful lot” after Jarrod Bowen scored twice in their win over bottom club Norwich.

The Hammers’ third consecutive top-flight win saw them move two points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand, and four above Tottenham, who are sixth and have played three games less.

“We have to try to keep it going,” Moyes said.

“As long as we are around the mix and European places, that will be really good but if we can hang on the coat tails of teams above that is what we will try and do.”

“I don’t think being fourth this moment in time means an awful lot apart from showing we have been consistent.”

Bowen’s strikes condemned Norwich to their sixth straight defeat in the Premier League, with his first coming from Vladimir Coufal’s inviting cross just before the break and his second arriving in the 83rd minute when he turned in Arthur Masuaku’s ball.

The hosts were below their best, but still created several other excellent chances that should have amounted to a more handsome margin of victory.

Bowen had an earlier effort ruled out by VAR, with Nikola Vlasic deemed to be offside and interfering with Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, and also hit the woodwork twice, while Michail Antonio blazed over from close range.

On a disappointing evening for the visitors, Adam Idah went close to levelling with the score at 1-0, but saw his drive pushed on to the post by home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Bar that attempt, however, Dean Smith’s side offered little in attack and have now failed to score a top-flight goal for 540 minutes.

Bowen underlines England credentials

After half an hour of this contest there was little to choose between either side, with the pre-match pyrotechnics arguably offering more excitement than the attacking play on show.

However, the Hammers clicked into gear shortly after, with Moyes barking out instructions and urging his players to provide more intensity.

Bowen’s first disallowed goal only served as a warning to Norwich, who quickly fell behind in the 42nd minute when he rose above Ben Gibson to direct a header into the bottom left corner.

The former Hull forward has been a revelation since arriving at the club just under two years ago in a £20m deal and produced the kind of performance that is only likely to underline his credentials as a prospective England player.

As someone who can create and score, he has been directly involved in an impressive 16 goals in all competitions this term – the most by an English player operating in the top flight.

“When you look at the competition for England; Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho – it’s a decision for Gareth Southgate,” Moyes added.

“But he’s getting closer to people saying we should have a look at him and see what he can do. I don’t think he’ll be too far away, but the biggest thing is to keep playing well for West Ham.”

The only complaint that could be levelled at Bowen against Norwich was that he didn’t add to his two-goal tally, clipping an effort on to the bar and firing against the right-hand post when well placed.

Norwich’s dismal run continues

Only six sides in Premier League history have accumulated fewer points than Norwich after 20 games.

And if their dismal run continues for much longer their hopes of survival look forlorn even if they are still currently within touching distance of fellow strugglers Watford, Newcastle and Burnley.

Smith’s side were neat and tidy in possession but produced just three shots on target, with Idah’s the only one of any note.

Aside from Teemu Pukki, who has scored five times this season, only three other players have registered a top-flight goal.

Unless the Canaries can add some firepower to support their Finland international frontman it is difficult to envisage them pulling off a great escape in their remaining 18 fixtures.

Player of the match

BowenJarrod Bowen

West Ham United

  1. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  2. Squad number41Player nameRice

  3. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  4. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  5. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  6. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  7. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  8. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  9. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  10. Squad number11Player nameVlasic

  11. Squad number23Player nameDiop

  12. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku

  13. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

Norwich City

  1. Squad number35Player nameIdah

  2. Squad number5Player nameHanley

  3. Squad number1Player nameKrul

  4. Squad number2Player nameAarons

  5. Squad number21Player nameWilliams

  6. Squad number22Player namePukki

  7. Squad number17Player nameRashica

  8. Squad number11Player namePlacheta

  9. Squad number23Player nameMcLean

  10. Squad number4Player nameGibson

  11. Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou

  12. Squad number46Player nameRowe

  13. Squad number10Player nameDowell

  14. Squad number18Player nameTzolis

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 23Diop
  • 3Cresswell
  • 10Lanzini
  • 41Rice
  • 20Bowen
  • 8Fornals
  • 11VlasicSubstituted forMasuakuat 78′minutes
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 13Areola
  • 26Masuaku
  • 31Johnson
  • 33Král
  • 40Oko-Flex
  • 42Alese
  • 46Ekwah
  • 50Ashby

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Gibson
  • 21Williams
  • 20Lees-Melou
  • 23McLean
  • 11PlachetaSubstituted forDowellat 65′minutes
  • 35IdahSubstituted forRoweat 75′minutes
  • 17RashicaSubstituted forTzolisat 72′minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 3Byram
  • 10Dowell
  • 15Kabak
  • 18Tzolis
  • 19Sørensen
  • 28Gunn
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 42Gibbs
  • 46Rowe

Referee:
Simon Hooper

Attendance:
59,775

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