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West Ham Spoils Luton's Premier League Homecoming with 2-1 Victory

 West Ham Spoils Luton's Premier League Homecoming with 2-1 Victory

West Ham Spoils Luton's Premier League Homecoming with 2-1 Victory
West Ham Spoils Luton's Premier League Homecoming with 2-1 Victory(Image-Getty)

West Ham United secured a 2-1 victory in the Premier League against Luton Town, effectively spoiling the much-anticipated return of Luton to the top-flight football at their beloved Kenilworth Road stadium, marking a 31-year absence.

Jarrod Bowen and Kurt Zouma played pivotal roles in securing the win for West Ham. Bowen netted his third goal of the season in the 37th minute, courtesy of a precise cross from Lucas Paqueta, which found the far post, leaving Luton's goalkeeper, Thomas Kaminski, frustrated on his back.

"I headed straight at the keeper so I got away with that one. I don't score many headers," said Bowen, who became the first West Ham player since 1930 to score in their first three away games.

Zouma sealed the victory for West Ham in the 85th minute with a well-executed header from a corner delivered by James Ward-Prowse.

"It's a great feeling in a tough game," Zouma remarked about his goal. "James sent in a great ball and I just had to put it in. We knew they would put pressure on us and we had to stay calm and keep the ball."

Despite West Ham's triumph, there were late appeals for a handball against Ward-Prowse, which went unanswered.

West Ham's strong start to the season continued as they maintained a perfect record with ten points from four games, positioning them provisionally at the top of the Premier League table.

Luton, on the other hand, under the guidance of Rob Edwards, continued their search for their first points of the season, having lost all three of their games thus far and scoring only two goals while conceding nine.

Luton's "The Kenny" stadium, which underwent a £10 million ($12.59 million) modernization following the club's promotion, played a significant role in the match despite the team's defeat. It proved to be a daunting venue for West Ham to navigate.

"We showed the character to deal with the atmosphere," said West Ham manager David Moyes, acknowledging the challenges posed by Luton's fervent home crowd. "Good against a tough team who are going to put teams under a lot of pressure. Overall, I think we did a brilliant job tonight."

Luton's return to the top flight has been marked by early struggles, with three consecutive losses. However, they are determined to improve and give their fans something to cheer about.

"I'm not thinking about the result," Edwards emphasized, "but we're desperate to get something to really get that belief going to see it and desperate to give these crowds some points to cheer about."

Despite the defeat, Luton impressed with their chances, including a few early opportunities and a late surge that resulted in Mads Andersen scoring a consolation goal in added time.

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