West Ham manager David Moyes praised Jarrod Bowen after he equalled the Hammers’ all-time European goalscoring record in the 2-1 win over Anderlecht.
Bowen’s latest strike took him level with club greats Johnny Byrne and David Cross on six European goals as West Ham guaranteed qualification for the knockout stage of the Europa Conference League with two games to spare.
First-half goals from Said Benrahma and Bowen were enough to make it four wins from four in Group B despite Sebastiano Esposito’s late penalty.
David Moyes’ side still need a point from their final two games to confirm their direct passage to the last 16.
“It certainly is a feather in his cap,” Moyes said of England international Bowen’s achievement. “Maybe there are more European games these days with the group stages, but it’s still a good thing to have and hopefully he’ll score a lot more.
“He’s much closer to what he was last year and he looks a threat every time he plays.”
West Ham were too good for their visitors throughout, with Wolves loanee Fabio Silva barely making an impact for Anderlecht up front.
Benrahma’s well-taken free-kick gave the hosts the lead before Bowen drove home his third European goal of the campaign.
The final 15 minutes witnessed unpleasant scenes as rival supporters threw seats at each other, prompting the police to intervene to keep them apart.