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Men’s football Impressive Bowen brace against Norwich prompts calls for England call-up

West Ham 2-0 Norwich
by Paul Donovan at the London Stadium

THE chorus of voices demanding an England call for West Ham's Jarrod Bowen grew ever louder with this latest barn storming performance, to secure victory over Norwich at the London Stadium on Wednesday evening. 

The player with most goals and assists in the Premierships this season saw his side home with two goals, though it could easily have been five. 

In the first minute of the game, Manuel Lanzini threaded a through ball to Bowen in the penalty area but Norwich stopper Tim Krul saved with his legs. 

The hard-working Lanzini then fired over twice from the edge of the penalty area. 

On the half hour, Bowen found the net with a shot from the right but the goal was ruled out for an infringement. 

But five minutes later the striker was rewarded when he nodded home a perfectly weighted cross from Vladimir Coufal. 

The returning Pablo Fornals then found Michail Antonio in the area but the big striker blasted over, after seemingly having done the hard work of creating the space with a tight turn. 

Fornals then set up Bowen with an equally precise through ball but the former Hull striker contrived to hit the bar as he dinked his shot over Krul. 

The one Norwich chance came after 67 minutes, when Adam Idah won possession from Bowen, only to see Lukasz Fabianski divert his fierce shot onto the post. 

Bowen's second goal came with eight minutes to go. Fornals found substitute Arthur Masuaku, who advanced into the area, cutting the ball back for Bowen to side foot home.

There were further efforts from Antonio and substitute Andriy Yarmolenko but to no avail.

West Ham manager David Moyes was pleased to have the rearranged game out of the way and another three points on the board.

“It was a really professional performance from the players,” said Moyes, who praised another outstanding Bowen performance.

“He is a wide player who scores goals and he has added assists this season.”

The manager is trying to get some players in during the transfer window but said he won't sign someone just for the sake of it. 

He confirmed he has been trying to get some competition for Antonio up front for two years without success. 

Norwich manager Dean Smith was encouraged by the performance of his team, though, disappointed with the first goal.

“Jarrod Bowen didn’t even need to jump,” said Smith, who wanted more urgency in the first half.

“In the end the team with better quality won.”


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