BOWEN’S BIG LIFT
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