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Debutant Bowen fires Hammers out of relegation zone

Jarrod Bowen scored on his debut for West Ham Saturday

 

Jarrod Bowen rose above criticism to become the saviour of the day as he scored on his debut to push Hammers out of relegation zone on Saturday thanks to a 3-1 victory over Southampton.

Social media was outraged with David Moyes for his comments on Jarrod Bowen and how this ‘boy from Hull’ should not be seen as the ‘saviour’ of West Ham United.

But on Saturday, Bowen was started for the first time in the Premier League,  scoring his first in claret and blue, too. Out of the bottom three go the Hammers

Michael Obafemi scored the consolation goal for Southampton

Bowen deserved his standing ovation when substituted in the 78th minute. He gave his all while Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller, who also started, got goals of their own, too.

Nine times Bowen had played in the top flight previously, primarily for Hull, and his record read zero wins, zero draws and nine defeats. That changed  at the London Stadium.

It was the cutest of finishes, making Bowen the first English player to score on his first Premier League start for West Ham since Kevin Nolan in August 2012.

Read AlsoWest Ham complete £22m deal for Bowen from Hull City

The hosts still had plenty to do. They went into this having dropped an unrivalled 22 points from leading positions in the Premier League for a reason. Nigeria born Michael Obafemi however accounted for the consolation goal for the visitors which came in the 31st minute.

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