West Ham Utd 2-0 Norwich City

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 12th January 2022

West Ham are back up to fourth in the Premier League after securing a 2-0 win against strugglers Norwich City.

A Jarrod Bowen brace was enough to secure all three points for David Moyes' side as they eased to a comfortable win against The Canaries.

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Indeed Bowen, who was simply outstanding tonight could've emulated Geoff Hurst's double hat-trick against Sunderland in 1968 had he capitalised on all the chances afforded him throughout the game.

As early as the second minute he found himself facing City 'keeper Tim Krul from 14 yards out but could only fire straight at his opponent with the goal at his mercy. And on 36 minutes a corner - which went in without taking a touch from another player - was determined to be invalid following a VAR check.

Bowen eventually opened his account three minutes before the break when some good build up play involving Declan Rice and West Ham's two returning full backs, Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal, led to the number 11 nodding home the opening goal - an advantage United maintained until the interval.

12 minutes after the restart Bowen hit the woodwork - not for the last time - when he attempted to dink an effort over the advancing Krul that bounced off the crossbar and behind the goal.

Four minutes later it was the post that denied Bowen a second goal for his efforts, when a shot from an acute angle was deflected onto the woodwork and out for one of West Ham's 11 corners on the night.

However he was to finally get his reward for his industry ten minutes before full time, when substitute Arthur Masuaku centred a low cross from close to the byeline which Bowen - with the aid of a defender - poked over the line. Initially disallowed by the linesman for offside, VAR came to West Ham's rescue on this occasion by deeming the forward to be level with a defender - thus decision overturned.

West Ham have had something of a fascination with the woodwork this season and therefore it was no surprise when Michail Antonio, who had worked hard for scant reward - attempted to lift an effort over Krul from point blank range, only to see the ball deflected high into the air before dropping down onto the crossbar. Again.

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Amongst all that there was a fantastic save from Lukasz Fabianski, celebrating his 300th Premier League outing, to enjoy when West Ham were still leading 1-0. City's Adam Idah showed the kind of skill and trickery Norwich had been devoid of not only all night but all season before unleashing a powerful, goalbound effort.

However Fabianski, belying his veteran status and advancing years leapt to his right and palmed the effort onto the post - to the dismay of Idah, who was clearly so distressed he was replaced by Dean Smith moments later, but to the delight of the somewhat less-than-full London Olympic Stadium who realised just how important a save it was.

The Bowen-inspired win - West Ham's third Premier League victory in a row - sent the Irons back above Arsenal into fourth place, with Leeds - beaten comfortably here in the FA Cup just days ago - set to provide the next opposition this weekend.

West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Lanzini, Fornals, Vlasic (Masuaku 78), Bowen, Antonio (Yarmolenko 88)

Subs not used: Areola, Johnson, Alese, Ashby, Ekwah, Kral, Okoflex

Goals: Bowen (42, 84)

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Gibson, Hanley, Williams, Lees-Melou, McLean, Placheta (Dowell 66), Rashica (Tzolis 72), Idah (Rowe 75), Pukki

Subs not used: Gunn, Byram, Kabak, Sorensen, Giannoulis, Gibbs,

Referee: Simon Hooper

Tickets sold: 59,775

xG: West Ham Utd 2.39-0.25 Norwich City

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