Jarrod Bowen suffered a dislocated finger against Wolves but West Ham manager David Moyes was just glad his feet were pointing in the right direction.
Bowen had to have his digit realigned after it was horribly bent with a clean spin and finish just after the 2-0 win for the Hammers.
It was the Premier League hopeful’s first goal of the season and helped lift West Ham out of the relegation zone.
Describing the gruesome injury to Moyes, the Hammers boss quipped, “His feet have done that at times this season.”
Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca, the £30million summer signing from Sassuolo, also scored in the Premier League with a spectacular 20-yard half-volley and Moyes was delighted with his first two.
“I think we played better this season and didn’t get the points we deserved,” he added.
“But most importantly, our degree was miles more clinical than we’ve ever been.
“They both did a really good job. Gianluca was very good. We really like him, he’s a bit different than what we have. We’re still trying to integrate him.”
Bowen was selected for England’s final Nations League squad but failed to make it onto the pitch, threatening his World Cup chances.
But Moyes said: “That was huge for Jarrod. I told him if he scores five or six goals, he’s on this plane. Today was a typical Jarrod Bowen goal. It was more like Jarrod.”
Wolves manager Bruno Lage handed Diego Costa a 30-minute cameo as a substitute, but the 33-year-old former Chelsea forward, who was signed as a free agent last month, couldn’t prevent the division’s lowest scorers from falling into the lower leagues three slipped.
Costa made his first Premier League appearance since May 2017 and his first since January, but when the veteran’s only real chance came from an Adama Traore cross, the rust showed as he planted a free header wide.
Still, Lage said: “He was very good, 30 minutes at a good level. Now we have this problem in our hands and it is about making the best decisions.
“He has been working with the team for two weeks and I am happy with his performance.
“It was a loss, zero points and zero goals, but we’re a different team when we have a striker playing between the centre-backs.”
Lage’s late replacement of Matheus Nunes was met with a chorus of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ from Wolves fans and he was booed at the end.
The 46-year-old added: “I think it was about the subs. There are things that happen, sometimes we have to make the decision. Let’s see if Matheus can play the next game.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/jarrod-bowen-david-moyes-bruno-lage-gianluca-scamacca-wolves-b2190744.html David Moyes is happy that Jarrod Bowen is pointing fingers and feet in the right direction