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Poor Jarrod Bowen display explained by what co-commentator saw before West Ham defeat
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Poor Jarrod Bowen display explained by what co-commentator saw before West Ham defeat

Jarrod Bowen’s poor display may have been explained by what a co-commentator saw before West Ham’s defeat at Brentford.

West Ham were handed a golden opportunity to consolidate their place in the top six when Wolves, Man United and Arsenal all lost prior to their trip to Brentford.

But David Moyes’s side put in a terrible performance much like their last away game at Spurs.

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West Ham were half asleep throughout a performance which was notable for a lot of bickering on the pitch among players.

After the game Craig Dawson confirmed there were some angry Hammers in the changing room.

One of West Ham’s worst performers on the day was Jarrod Bowen.

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Poor Jarrod Bowen display explained by what co-commentator saw before West Ham defeat

The attacker has, in fairness, only recently returned from an ankle injury. But that did not stop him being a threat against Everton and Lyon as he scored in both games.

Bowen was largely anonymous at Brentford and did not look his usual sharp, probing, incisive self.

And the poor Bowen display might be explained by what co-commentator Don Hutchinson saw before the West Ham defeat.

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Former Hammer Hutchinson was covering the game and revealed just before kick-off that he had witnessed Bowen take a worrying knock to his ankle in the warm-up.

Hutchinson said he saw the forward take the knock as West Ham’s players were being put through their paces.

Bowen received some treatment and went ahead and played the entire match.

But it was clear to see he was not himself. And with the big Europa League quarter-final second leg against Lyon to come on Thursday night it will be a real worry.

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The fact Bowen got through the match suggests he will be ok for Lyon.

He will be no good to anyone in such low key form, though, if he is feeling the injury again.

With Michail Antonio still struggling for any kind of consistency or a goal, the weight of goalscoring expectation is resting on Bowen’s shoulders.

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