Football, Premier League

West Ham vs Brentford: Bowen hat trick helps Hammers to first win in almost two months

West Ham secured a 4-2 victory with Jarrod Bowen scoring a hat-trick.

Brentford’s head coach, Thomas Frank, acknowledged West Ham’s strong performance, highlighting Bowen’s exceptional play and Emerson’s goal. Frank also mentioned crucial moments in the game, including a penalty shout for Sergio Reguilon that he believed should have been given.

In a previous encounter between Brentford and West Ham on 4th November 2023, Brentford won 3-2. The game saw goals from Neal Maupay, Konstantinos Mavropanos (own goal), Nathan Collins, Mohammed Kudus, and Jarrod Bowen.

Jarrod Bowen’s impressive performance in the Premier League has attracted interest, with Liverpool considering him as a potential transfer target. Bowen’s recent hat-trick of assists against Watford showcased his skills and maturity as a player. Liverpool sees him as a player who could provide competition and depth in attacking areas, potentially replacing Mohamed Salah if contract negotiations falter.

Additionally, another notable match involving West Ham was against Southampton on 28th December 2015. West Ham secured a 2-1 comeback victory with Andy Carroll scoring the winning goal after Michail Antonio’s equalizer. This win ended West Ham’s nine-game winless streak in the Premier League.

Jarrod Bowen’s rise as a key player for West Ham has not gone unnoticed, with potential implications for both his current team and interested clubs like Liverpool.

West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen after the game:

“It feels incredible. There have been a few times where I’ve had two goals but never got that hat-trick. The first two goals were quite quick after each other so it was on my mind at half-time.

“I’ve always wanted to score that third go so credit to Mo [Kudus] for the ball into the box.

“To get the match ball and to win the game is a really proud moment for me. I was so buzzing inside.”

West Ham manager David Moyes:

“Maybe it was getting Lucas Paqueta back that made such a big difference to everybody. I thought we started the game great, played well in the first half and thoroughly deserved to be in front, just disappointed that we missed a couple of other opportunities as well. We did a lot of good things and scored a couple of very good goals, so great to get that result.

“I’m really pleased for Jarrod. I think his performances recently have gone a wee bit unnoticed because we’ve not played that well and Jarrod’s been taking the fight to them in all the games and it’s not quite fallen for him, it’s not quite happened. Tonight it did. The goals will obviously be the noticeable thing, but his all-round play and the way he’s working… he had three or four other runs in the game where he was a threat all night.

“I thought, at 4-1, we should have gone for the jugular and kept wanting to score more and it looked as if we were nearly going to settle for that, so I was disappointed we didn’t finish the game off in better fashion. We should have tried to nail it on when we had the chance, but let’s be fair, it’s our first win this year, which I don’t like saying, but it’s fact and because of that, I was thrilled we got it. Brentford have been a bit of a bogey team as well so tonight we got rid of that.”

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

“I think we didn’t hit our level individually or collectively today and we played a West Ham team that did well; Bowen was unplayable and Emerson put it in the top corner. We lost the game fair and square. Then there were crucial moments in the game that you need to go your way that maybe could have affected the result and the penalty shout for Sergio Reguilon is a penalty, in my opinion. But I don’t want to waste too much time on that; for me it’s about our performance and we were not good today.

“It’s one of these seasons where we work very hard to find consistency in our performances and we just maybe went to, at this moment in time, the most difficult away ground, the Etihad, against the best team in the world and defended very solid throughout 90 minutes, then we have conceded two inside 10 minutes today. That happens sometimes and we need to find consistency in our performances, no doubt about that.

“At this moment in time, I’m just so irritated about the performance tonight and that’s the thing I would look into. Tomorrow, I’ll look forward and see what we can do in terms of improvement and putting in a better performance against Chelsea. It’s very important in life and football to look forward and not worry too much, but, of course, be very aware of what we need to do better to have a good chance to try to beat Chelsea on Saturday.”

West Ham travel to Everton next Saturday while Brentford host neighbours Chelsea at the same time.

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