David Moyes hailed historian Jarrod Bowen after tying West Ham’s all-time European goalscoring record in a 2-1 win over Anderlecht.
Bowen’s latest goal put him level with club greats Johnny Byrne and David Cross on six European goals.
The 25-year-old should have plenty of chances to progress on his own after West Ham guaranteed qualification for the Europa Conference League knockout stages with two games to go.
“There’s certainly a feather in his cap,” Hammers boss Moyes said. “Maybe nowadays with the group stage there are more European games but it’s still a good thing to have him and hopefully he will score a lot more goals.
“He’s a lot closer to what he was last year and he looks dangerous every time he plays.”
West Ham now need just a point from their last two games against Danish club Silkeborg and Romanian FCSB to ensure they go straight to the Round of 16 as group winners and avoid a play-off in February.
“I’m really happy that we made it and qualified,” added Moyes. “The most important thing is to be there after Christmas and we still need a point to top the group and hopefully we can do that.”
They took the lead in the 13th minute when Said Benrahma whipped a free-kick over the wall and into the near post.
The Hammers had their second after half an hour, Emerson Palmieri cantering down the left before pulling the ball back for Bowen to finish from 15 yards.
However, some of the shine was taken from their performance by crowd troubles, which required riot police to separate the two fans, throwing flares and seats.
Moyes added: “I saw movement but I wasn’t interested to be honest. Why should we draw attention to this?
“The players’ job was to keep going and I thought they did. It’s not what any clubs want associated with them and I definitely don’t want it at West Ham.
The Belgian fans were clearly the instigators of the problems and an Anderlecht spokesman said: “We do not tolerate this behavior at our stadium or away and we will discuss it with the fans and UEFA. We apologize to West Ham.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/david-moyes-west-ham-david-cross-europa-conference-league-anderlecht-b2202514.html David Moyes welcomes West Ham’s European historian Jarrod Bowen