West Ham 2-0 Norwich: Jarrod Bowen at the double as David Moyes’ side move back into top four

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Jarrod Bowen put in a brilliant match-winning display as West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 to move back into the top four.

The 25-year-old scored his fourth and fifth Premier League goals of the season, had another disallowed and was twice denied by the woodwork as he caused Norwich constant problems at the London Stadium.

David Moyes’ side are up to fourth in the table, and while Arsenal and Tottenham below them have games in hand, the Hammers look a side in confident mood after four straight wins in all competitions.

West Ham very nearly took the lead inside two minutes after a quick start to the match, but Bowen’s shot was well saved by Tim Krul.

Milot Rashica twice found space on the edge of the box for Norwich, only to produce tame effort at goal, while Manuel Lanzini was similarly wasteful when he was presented with chances in promising positions.

It looked like West Ham had taken the lead after 34 minutes, when Bowen’s cross from the right beat everyone and found the far corner. However, it was ruled out when replays showed that Issa Diop and Nikola Vlasic, both in offside positions, tried to get on the end of it in front of Krul.

Bowen was not to be denied though, and the 25-year-old eventually got his goal a few minutes before the break. Vladimir Coufal chipped a lovely ball into the box, and Bowen found space six yards out to head home.

The West Ham winger continued to be a constant threat after the break and was unlucky not to add to his tally.

Pablo Fornals played him in with a great pass, and Bowen beat Krul with a lovely dink but saw his effort bounce off the bar. He was denied again by the woodwork, as Brandon Williams deflected a shot onto the outside of the post.

Adam Idah nearly levelled things up after 67 minutes. He showed great footwork to find space 20 yards out before unleashing a fierce strike, which Lukasz Fabianski tipped onto the post.

The match became increasingly nervy, as the home fans feared a late sucker-punch from Norwich.

But Bowen put the match to bed late on, after he turned home Arthur Masuaku’s cross from close range. It was initially ruled out for offside, but VAR was his friend on this occasion as the goal was awarded after replays showed he was onside.

Andriy Yarmolenko had a shot saved as West Ham enjoyed the final few minutes, safe in the knowledge that they were moving back into the Champions League spots.

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