BOWEN’S BIG LIFT

Sunday Express - - FOOTBALL -

TODD CANTWELL be­came the first English player to score for Nor­wich this sea­son as the Ca­naries stayed top of the Cham­pi­onship.

Man­ager Daniel Farke hailed the 20-yearold prod­uct of City’s academy af­ter he also set up their sec­ond for Max Aarons be­fore Teemu Pukki rounded things off.

“It was im­por­tant Todd could in­flu­ence the game the way he did, said Farke. “It was a bril­liant goal and as­sist.”

Rother­ham had taken a shock 11th-minute lead when Richie Tow­ell fol­lowed up a Tim Krul save from a long-range Will Faulkes shot.

QPR 2 Hull 3

TWO goals from Jar­rod Bowen lifted Hull out of the bot­tom three.

Hull boss Nigel Ad­kins said: “Jar­rod hadn’t scored for a few weeks so I said to him, ‘Just go out and en­joy a game of foot­ball’.”

Bowen opened the scor­ing af­ter just six min­utes and Markus Hen­rik­sen dou­bled Hull’s lead, glanc­ing in from a cor­ner.

Pawel Ws­zolek pulled one back for QPR but Bowen fired in Hull’s third with 21 min­utes to go. Luke Free­man scored in in­jury-time but Rangers boss Steve Mc­Claren said: We en­ter­tained the crowd, we just ran out of time.”

THow­ever, that was to dis­count the visi­tors’ in­creas­ingly pe­cu­liar habit of lov­ing to come back from the dead.

They did it against soon-to-be cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City last

April, scor­ing three with­out re­ply af­ter the break to win a 3-2 thriller.

It was a case of déjà vu two months ago at Old Traf­ford as they re­peated the trick to send New­cas­tle United pack­ing.

Given re­cent his­tory, then, we should have known bet­ter than to write them off af­ter they con­ceded twice in­side 20 min­utes to a Southamp­ton side with­out a home win this cam­paign.

For, not only do Mark Hughes’ strug­glers con­sis­tently fail to hold on to leads, this United team, for all their glar­ing faults, be­come a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal once their backs are pressed to the wall.

Es­pe­cially if Mar­cus Rash­ford is in the line-up and in the mood to fight and scrap for ev­ery cause, lost or not.

The Eng­land striker has been some­thing of an enigma this term. Bril­liant for his coun­try, not so good for club. Yes­ter­day, though, he stood out among the dross, sin­gle­hand­edly in­spir­ing medi­ocre United to grab a point with two as­sists be­fore half-time.

Which made Mour­inho’s 76th-minute de­ci­sion to re­place him all the more as­tound­ing. But for Rash­ford, United would have left St Mary’s empty-handed. Whether

STRIKE: Pukki

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