Our first Premier League since New Year’s Day was enough to see us climb out of the relegation zone with new boy Jarrod Bowen marking his full debut with a goal against Southampton.
Sebastian Haller and Michail Antonio were also on target at the London Stadium after teenage forward Michael Obafemi had levelled Bowen’s opener for the Saints.
The excellent Antonio might have had another for the hosts after he had been sent free by an audacious rabona from Haller but goalkeeper Alex McCarthy made the save.
Unlike our last home game against Brighton, when we squandered a 3-1 lead, this time we eased home after a run of two points from their last seven games.
It has taken a bit of time for Bowen to get his chance but, finally given a start by manager David Moyes, the 23-year-old showed why he has scored 39 goals in the last season-and-a-half.
Even from a wide position on the right, Bowen was a threat and had a good chance blocked before opening his account for us after 15 minutes, running on to an excellent pass from Pablo Fornals before supplying the neat finish.
“I think that’s the way it went in my dreams last night. The assistant manager said the keeper liked to go down quickly. I knew the angle was tight so I got enough on it to dink it over him. I thought it might be offside – I joked with my dad last night about what if I scored and it was ruled out.”Jarrod Bowen