Irvine delighted as Hammers make a big noise for Moyes
Julian Taylor at London Stadium
Alan Irvine hailed West Ham after what was a complete team performance in their 4-0 drubbing of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
The Hammers assistant boss - in charge with manager David Moyes isolating at home as he recovers from the ill-effects of Covid-19 - paid tribute to the “brilliant” display by a team under pressure to get their first Premier League points in the wake of losing to Newcastle United and Arsenal.
Wolves’ visit to the London Stadium was viewed in advance as being a potentially tricky affair, especially with the recent addition of over £70m worth of new talent – but West Ham ripped up the script and were comprehensive in their domination.
A double from Jarrod Bowen, allied by further goals from Tomas Soucek and substitute Sebastien Haller at least now sets the east Londoners up in positive fashion for a tough schedule, where they shortly face Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool.
“We were thrilled with the performance and delighted with the result and we’ll probably look back and think maybe we could have got more,” said Irvine.
“That was against a very good side and we limited Wolves to very few chances on the night. We know how dangerous they are up front. They have real quality going forward, but our lads did a fabulous job.
“I’ve been really fortunate. The boys have performed really well in the two games I’ve taken and I will be taking the next one because of the timings, but hopefully David will be back to take the game at Leicester.”
Bowen fully deserved his double salvo on the night as West Ham equaled their biggest ever Premier League win at the London Stadium. His first, in particular, a lovely curling shot into the corner of the net, set the hosts on their way in 17 minutes.
And Irvine feels there’s a lot more to come from the former Hull City favourite.
“We knew that (scoring goals) before he came, but he’s had to get used to playing at this level week-in and week-out, which isn’t easy.
“He’s a lad we’re delighted with. He’s great to work with on a day-to-day basis and he works on his finishing every day and I mean every day and we feel as if he has got a very good future here.”