Bowen says West Ham must take the positives from Man Utd defeat

West Ham United's Jarrod Bowen (centre) battles for the ball with Manchester United's Cristiano Rona

West Ham United's Jarrod Bowen (centre) battles for the ball with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Luke Shaw during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday September 19, 2021. - Credit: PA

Jarrod Bowen’s performance was emblematic of West Ham United’s against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon - fully committed, always grafting, and unfortunate to end in defeat.

The Hammers’ hitherto unbeaten 2021/22 Premier League status came to a close in the cruellest of circumstances at London Stadium after visiting forward Jesse Lingard scored a spectacular 89th-minute winner against his former side.

Despite going into the game with two days’ less rest than Manchester United, West Ham were full value for a point up to that stage, having seen Said Benrahma’s deflected effort cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s tap-in in the closing stages of the first half.

West Ham United's Declan Rice (right) and Mark Noble appears dejected after the final whistle during

West Ham United's Declan Rice (right) and Mark Noble appears dejected after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday September 19, 2021. - Credit: PA

They had one final chance to secure it when Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty was saved by David de Gea but Bowen, whose tireless running leading the line saw him assist Benrahma’s goal, opted to look at the positives from the defeat.

“I think it was [a cruel result],” the 24-year-old told West Ham TV. “The work rate was there and we played some good stuff up against an unbelievable team. 


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“To concede in the last minute is always a kick in the teeth, but I think we can take a lot of positives from the game today.

“I think that [our hard work] is a given, especially the way the manager is and the way the manager works. Hard work and work rate is always going to be there from us, and like I said we played some good football today against a top side. 

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“We knew we were going to be without the ball for a while with the football that they play, but we dug in, had chances ourselves, and a last-minute winner for them is always hard to take. There were lots of positive for sure.”

Discussing his role in the side, the former Hull City attacker – filling in at the point of the attack in the absence of the suspended Michail Antonio – left everything out on the pitch.

“It’s different,” he explained. “I had a few little tastes of it last year when Mich was injured or we played in different kind of systems. 

“Anywhere that I play on the pitch, I love playing. It’s different, but I felt like I did as much as I could today up there.”
 

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