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Men’s Football Bowen sets 20-goal target as he looks to break West Ham scoring record

JARROD BOWEN has his sights set on becoming the first West Ham player to hit 20 Premier League goals.

Bowen currently has 15 league goals to his name this season, one less than Paolo Di Canio’s club-best 16 in 1999/00.

Tony Cottee was the last Hammers player to reach 20 in a top-flight campaign, back in 1986/87.

“I just want to keep on doing what I am doing,” said Bowen. “I’ve spoken all season that I just want to keep that consistency level in my game and keep getting goals, assists and I think that is all I can do.

“I just want to keep on doing what I’m doing and getting those goals involvements and want to break the goalscoring record.”

Bowen missed a glorious chance to move level with Di Canio against Tottenham on Tuesday night, shinning his close-range effort wide.

But the Hammers secured a point when Kurt Zouma glanced in a Bowen corner to cancel out Brennan Johnson’s early strike.

It was a vast improvement on Saturday’s 4-3 capitulation at Newcastle, and a timely boost ahead of the trip to another of the European hopefuls, Wolves.

“In the last three games we have played teams in and around us and if we want to finish in the European places then we need to get results from these games,” added Bowen.

“Saturday was disappointing, Spurs was an improvement and this coming Saturday we need to go there and win. That’s the mindset we need to have.”

James Maddison was taken off with 20 minutes remaining, and Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou confirmed the England midfielder was not carrying a knock.

“I thought Madders was really good, especially when he got in their final third,” said Postecoglou. “I thought he played some really clever passes that we just didn’t capitalise on.

“I think all the guys in the front third area got into some really good areas, it’s just about trying to show them that they don’t need to be so rushed in their decision making and we’ll get better outcomes.”


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