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      Bowen hits three as Hammers end winless run

      2024/02/26 22:12

      Jarrod Bowen's first hat-trick helped West Ham United win their first game of 2024 at home to Brentford.

      Bowen hadn't scored a Premier League goal since before Christmas but managed to get two inside the first seven minutes in this one.

      Both goals were similar: West Ham winning the ball in key areas and breaking through the Brentford defence with some quick passing.

      The first goal came down the left-hand side with Emerson's ball finding Bowen in the box. The second one was a mirror image with Mohammed Kudus finding Vladimir Coufal in space to put the ball in the box with the exact same result – another fine Bowen finish.

      Just as West Ham were really enjoying themselves Brentford struck back just six minutes later. Kurt Zouma's ball up was intercepted by the visitors with Keane Lewis-Potter getting the assist for his clever pass that Neal Maupay finished.

      After a frantic opening period, the game calmed down and didn't reignite until midway through the second period when Bowen completed his treble.

      Kudus deserves plenty of credit for Bowen's third as he drove forward from the right putting Sergio Reguilón under pressure before lofting a ball into the six-yard box where Bowen was able to head in from close range. 

      Brentford had a good chance to reduce the deficit almost immediately but Alphonse Aréola was able to make a good stop to deny Frank Onyeka after good play from Reguilón on the left.

      That missed chance cost the visitors as West Ham wrapped up the win with a spectacular fourth. Brentford cleared away a cross only for Emerson to have space and time on the edge of the area to fire a pin-point shot into the top corner that Mark Flekken had no chance of stopping.

      Thomas Frank's side couldn't avoid a third successive defeat in a row despite clawing one goal back in the 82nd minute through Yoane Wissa. The substitute provided a neat, curling finish from just on the edge of the box to make it 4-2.

      There were some late chances for the Bees that may have made the remainder of stoppage time nervous for West Ham but thanks in part to Aréola denying Ivan Toney, the Hammers held on to an all-important victory – their first after eight games without a win.

      Brentford meanwhile, need to seriously worry about getting involved in a relegation scrap.

      xG: West Ham United (1.64) 4-2 (1.28) Brentford


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      2024-02-26 23h24m by a_12_shawcross
      As a West Ham fan, it was an amazing feeling to finally see our team win at home and Bowen's hat-trick was the icing on the cake. He may have not scored in a while but he showed his quality today. The way we dominated and broke through Brentford's defence was impressive. But let's not get too comfortable, Brentford struck back quickly and we need to stay focused.
      2024-02-26 22h44m by dnelsons
      Wow, what a performance from Bowen! He's been quiet lately, but now he's back with a bang. Two goals in the first seven minutes, amazing! And that second goal was just as good as the first. We're really dominating this game. But Brentford just had to spoil the party, huh Oh well, we'll get back on top.
      2024-02-26 22h36m by jgibsonson
      As a West Ham fan, I am absolutely ecstatic to see Jarrod Bowen finally get a hat-trick and help us win our first game of 2024! He has been struggling to score since Christmas but he proved today that he's still a top player. Our quick passing and strong defense were key in this victory. However, Brentford did manage to sneak one goal in, but we'll take the win any day. Come on you Irons!
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