Jarrod Bowen says that West Ham only have themselves to blame for throwing away a two goal lead against Newcastle.

When Jarrod Bowen put the Hammers 3-1 up at St James’ Park on Saturday, anything other than a West Ham win was unthinkable. Newcastle’s mid-game injuries had clearly unsettled the team and they looked out for the count.

Unfortunately, following some baffling in-game tactical changes, the Geordies bounced back and secured all three points. While some have blamed the officiating of the game, Bowen says that the responsibility lies with them.

“We’re all very disappointed, because we felt we were in control,” the England international told WHUFC.com. “But we’ve just got to stand tall and put it behind us, because we’re back at it in just a few days’ time.”

“When you’re 3-1 up like we were, you just can’t end up losing 4-3. We shot ourselves in the foot and gave away that lead, which is hard to take, but we have to analyse what went wrong and learn from it ready for Tuesday.”

“We’re all gutted at the moment, but tomorrow is a new day and we have to make sure we’re ready. There’s lots of football left to play this season and we need to pick up as many points as we can.”

The momentum of the game completely changed when Newcastle were awarded a controversial second penalty of the game and while Bowen acknowledges the significance of the goal, he knows that it is on the players to deal with that pressure.

“We knew if they got a second goal it would give them a big boost, and that’s what happened. At 3-2 we needed to manage the game and do the right things, but we weren’t able to do that and they went on and got the win. We can’t dwell on the frustration – we just need to make sure we get it right going forward, and that starts on Tuesday night.”

Thanks to their collapse, our Irons simply have to beat Tottenham on Tuesday – which is far from an easy task. In fact, there’s every reason to believe that they will need to win their next four Premier League matches if they are to secure another season of European football.