Disappointed, but we'll take it says Irons star

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 12th August 2023

Jarrod Bowen thought his second half strike might be enough to secure all three points for West Ham down at Bournemouth this afternoon.

Yet in the end both he and his team mates had to settle for a point due to Dominic SOlanke's equaliser seven minutes from the end of normal time.

And while that left the squad a little disappointed, Bowen suggested there had been enough positives for West Ham to give the fanbase plenty of optimism for the season ahead.

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"Ultimately we invited the pressure on a little too much," said Bowen, as he reflected on the 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium.

"As players on the pitch we had to control the game when we’re 1-0 up, to take the ball and kill the game off. It’s disappointing because of course you want to hold onto the lead in those last ten minutes, but I think we could have done more to manage the game and not invite that pressure.

"We wanted three points and we’re disappointed with a point, but we’ll take it. There’s a lot to work on, a lot to improve and we have our first home game next week which we’ll be really excited for."

And despite the loss of players such as Declan Rice, Luca Scamacca and Niko Vlasic already this summer, mpt to mention the impending loss of Lucas Paqueta to Manchester City, Bowen insisted that everyone in the camp continues to give everything for the club.

"As players we’re in a privileged position," he added. "We understand that and know nothing is easy in this life, so that’s why you want to push your teammates to keep running for you.

"Every single person will run for everyone [else]. That’s the main really good thing about this group; everyone wants to play for this football club.

"It’s a real family structure and you take pride in the shirt. The fans love you for that. We’ve got a really good group and it’s starting to come together."

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And even though they were unable to secure what would have been a morale-boosting win on the south coast, Bowen believes the team's improved form since Christmas is testament to the club's resiliance.

"Since we came back from the World Cup it all started to click together," he insisted. "You saw Lucas at the back end of last season really starting to mark his ground in this team and show his quality.

"It takes time, coming into the Premier League is the hardest league in the world. It’s the most competitive. From the back end of last season, to the final and coming in today, I think you can see we’re getting a real understanding with each other and we want to build on that going forward."

And as for his superb strike, which put West Ham in the driving seat?

"You always want to get off the mark as quickly as possible," he said. "That’s been my aim through pre-season, you build the confidence in pre-season and come the first game I wanted to score.

"I probably didn’t expect a strike like that! I’m more disappointed with my strike in the first half which went wide, but when I got the second one I hit the ball properly and watched it go in the back of the net."

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