Premier League: West Ham United claimed a 2-1 victory at Luton Town

Premier League: Pacesetters West Ham United won 2-1 at Luton Town on Friday, thanks to headers from Jarrod Bowen and Kurt Zouma, spoiling the hosts’ much-anticipated first top-flight game at their snug Kenilworth Road stadium in 31 years. Mads Andersen equalized for Luton in added time, delighting the raucous home fans by heading past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, but their night ended in defeat.

West Ham, who last beat Luton at home in 1992, are in provisional first place with 10 points after four games, while Rob Edwards’ Hatters are still looking for their first points of the season. “It’s been a great start for me and the team, and we’re actually disappointed to be sitting here with 10 points rather than 12,” according to Bowen. In the 37th minute, Lucas Paquetá set up Bowen’s third goal of the season with a perfect cross to the far post, which was headed in off the palms of keeper Thomas Kaminski, who collapsed on his back in frustration.

“I got away with that one because I went straight at the keeper.” “I don’t score many headers,” admitted Bowen, who became the first West Ham player since 1930 to score in the first three away games. James Ward-Prowse’s textbook corner set up Zouma’s goal in the 85th minute.

“It’s a fantastic feeling in such a difficult game,” Zouma said of his goal. “James sent in a great ball, and I had no choice but to put it in.” We knew they’d put pressure on us, so we had to keep our cool and keep the ball. “Luton made it difficult for us; it was very crowded, but we played well.” “I am very proud to be captain, and I did my best today by scoring.” Late calls for a handball against Ward-Prowse went unanswered. “I will be very disappointed if we are on the wrong side of a decision because those are huge for us,” Edwards said. “But I’m not going to stand here and blame it.”

Despite the defeat, Luton’s tight cauldron of a stadium, built in 1905 and affectionately known as “The Kenny,” played a starring role on the night following a £10 million modernisation following the club’s promotion. West Ham’s manager David Moyes said, “We showed the character to deal with the atmosphere.” “Excellent against a tough team that will put teams under a lot of pressure.” Overall, I believe we performed admirably tonight.

At the other end of the table, Luton Town have lost all three games, conceding nine goals and scoring twice. The Hatters have returned to the top flight after an incredible 10-year journey from non-league to the pinnacle of English football. Edwards said , “We knew it was going to be tough. There’s nothing to be afraid of; I just told the lads in there the same thing, and I’m glad we got to experience it.”

“I’m not thinking about the result, and neither are the players, but we’re desperate to get something to really get that belief going and to give these crowds something to cheer about.”

With numerous chances, the newcomers had the sea of orange fans on their feet,

including Ryan Giles’ early cross into the area that Areola let slip through his gloves. New signee Moments later, Ross Barkley launched a left-footed effort that sailed just wide of the West Ham goal.