Bowen hails tactical masterclass

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 8th November 2021

Jarrod Bowen believes West Ham's defeat of Liverpool was due to changes implemented by the management team at half time and an eye for detail on the training ground.

David Moyes confessed in his post-match interview that he altered West Ham's midfield at the interval with Pablo Fornals for one asked to play a little higher - a tactical switch that had a devastating effect.

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And Bowen, who provided an assist during that fantastic second 45 minutes admitted that the Hammers stepped up a gear following the first half stalemate. "In the second half we were much better," he told "In the first half it was hard.

"We knew it was going to be hard as they keep the ball and they’re relentless when they do. Sometimes, when you win the ball back, you’re so tired from defending it’s hard to keep the ball and keep your concentration.

"But that always happens, especially when you’re playing against a team like Liverpool.

With a bit of composure in the second half, we created a lot of chances. I think on another day we might have put some more in the back of the net, but we scored three goals against a very, very good Liverpool team and we’re delighted with the three points."

And with specific reference to the set pieces which led to two of West Ham's three goals, routines honed on the pitches at Rush Green, he added: "[We work with] the gaffer, Kev [Nolan], Nev [Paul Nevin], [Stuart] Pearcey and Bill [McKinlay], all the coaching staff.

"We put so much detail into our set-pieces and I think we’ve scored a lot of goals off of them. It’s not a fluke, the amount we’ve scored.

"Some games can be decided on set-pieces and we’ve had two goals from them – I’m not sure if the first one is an own-goal, or whatever happened, but it went in and with Kurt Zouma’s first West Ham goal as well, I’m delighted for him."

And echoing how "massive" West Ham currently are, Bowen admitted that it was a huge boost going into the forthcoming international break challenging at the top of the Premier League.

" This season was all about building on what we did last season," he confirmed. "To be cemented in the top four going into the November international break is massive. It’s everything for the club and it’s everything that we want to give these fans.

"We’re not there by coincidence; it’s not like we’ve played two games and we’re in the top four, we’re comfortably in there. You look at those games where we’ve dropped points so we probably should be top of the league going into the international break.

"The position we’re in now is unreal. Now I’ll have a week off, a little rest, a few days just to get my mind off football, because we’ve played a lot of football in the last three weeks - and get ready to go again."

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