Jarrod Bowen has praised the West Ham backroom staff after the Hammers scored another two goals from set-pieces on their way to victory over Liverpool.
Until the trip to Goodison Park in October, the Hammers had not managed a set-piece goal all season but have since scored six in six games.
Allison’s own goal and Kurt Zouma’s winner were the 31st and 32nd goals to come from set-pieces the Hammers have scored since David Moyes returned to manage the club, five more than any other team in the same time frame.
Moyes has been quick to pass credit for the Hammers set-piece expertise to coaches Paul Nevin and Kevin Nolan, as well as highlighting all the preparation would be nothing without the perfect delivery and players willing to attack the ball.
Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Aaron Cresswell all have assists to their name while the likes of Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma are known for their aerial threat and determination to get on the end of crosses.
Moyes said it is the delivery rather than the time spent on the set pieces that is key, even recently claiming West Ham “don’t actually do that much work,” on set pieces.
Bowen, however, admitted the coaching staff go into great detailing in preparing for dead balls: “The gaffer, Kev [Nolan], Nev [Paul Nevin], [Stuart] Pearcey, Bill [McKinlay], all the coaching staff… we put so much detail into our set-pieces and I think we’ve scored a lot of goals off of them. It’s not a fluke, the amount we’ve scored.,” Bowen told WHUTV.
“Some games can be decided on set-pieces and we’ve had two goals from them – I’m not sure if the first one is an own-goal, or whatever happened, but it went in – and with Kurt Zouma’s first West Ham goal as well, I’m delighted for him.”
West Ham head into the international break in third place and Bowen even mischievously suggested it could have been even better for the Hammers.
“We’re not there by coincidence – it’s not like we’ve played two games and we’re in the top four – we’re comfortably in there,” he added.
“We look back on the games we dropped points in [this season] – in hindsight, it’s always easy to look back – but you look at those games where we’ve dropped points and we probably should’ve won those games. We probably should be top of the league going into international break!
“It’s always easier to look back, but the position we’re in now is unreal.”
Source by Football London