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Jarrod Bowen dislocated his finger against Wolves, but West Ham manager David Moyes was pleased to see his feet heading in the right direction.
Owen had to have his finger re-adjusted after bending horribly from the spot with a neat turn and finish shortly after wrapping up a 2-0 win for the Hammers.
It was the Premier League World Cup hopeful’s first goal of the season and helped lift West Ham out of the relegation zone.
When the horrific injury was described to Moyes, the Hammers boss joked: “His legs have been doing that at times this season.”
Italian striker Gianluca Scamacca, a £30million summer signing from Sassuolo, also got off the mark in the Premier League with a spectacular 20-yard half-volley and Moyes was delighted with his first double.
“I think we played better this season and didn’t get the points we deserved,” he added.
“But the most important thing was that our finishing was miles more clinical than we were.
“They both did a really good job. Gianluca was very good. We really like him, he’s a little different than what we have. We’re still trying to integrate it.”
Bowen was selected in England’s final Nations League squad but did not make the pitch, putting his World Cup chances in doubt.
But Moyes said: “That was massive for Jarrod. I told him if he scored five or six goals he would be on that plane. It was a typical Jarrod Bowen goal today. That was more like Jarrod.”
Wolves boss Bruno Lage handed Diego Costa a 30-minute cameo as a substitute but the 33-year-old former Chelsea striker, who signed on a free transfer last month, was unable to prevent the division’s bottom scorers from dropping into the bottom three.
Costa was making his first Premier League appearance since May 2017 and his first since January, but when the veteran’s only real chance came from Adam Traore’s 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 up to me to find the best decisions.
“He’s been working with the team for two weeks and I’m happy with what he’s done.
“It was a defeat, zero points and zero goals, but we are a different team when we have a striker who plays between the centre-backs.
Lage’s late substitution of Matheus Nunes was met with a chorus of “you don’t know what you’re doing” from the Wolves fans and he was booed at the end.
The 46-year-old added: “I think it was about the substitutes. Things happen, sometimes we have to make decisions. We’ll see if Matheus can play another game.”