West Ham rock "Daws the Horse" elbowed Jarrod Bowen and gave him a root canal

West Ham star man Jarrod Bowen revealed Hammers’ defender Craig Dawson, who is also known fondly as 'Daws the Horse', gave him a root canal after a sharp elbow to the face in training.

The former Watford defender has stepped up to the plate for David Moyes’ side this season, deputising excellently in place of the injured Angelo Ogbonna. His physical, old-fashioned approach to his defensive duties has seen him become a hero to the east Londoners and a nightmare for opposition attackers – and to Bowen himself.

The former Hull City man also added that he is known as "Daws the Horse" because he "goes around kicking people". And Bowen revealed Dawson’s take-no-prisoners playing style once resulted in him needing root canal treatment after receiving a whack to the face.

“Pablo (Fornals) calls him ‘Daws the horse’ because he just runs around kicking people,” Bowen said on Ben Foster’s podcast, ‘The Fozcast’. “He gave me a root canal, you know?

“He elbowed me right in the jaw and said ‘I didn’t touch you’. I had to have a root canal on my tooth.”

Foster has likely found himself on the receiving end of a Dawson barrage or two, having played with the 32-year-old at West Bromwich Albion and Watford. But the former England international admitted the defender’s brave approach to defending makes him a goalkeeper’s dream.

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“His body and his bones, I swear they are made of concrete,” Foster added. “He’s the same on the pitch as he is in training, he’ll give you everything.

“When he left Watford a few years back I remember thinking ‘wow that’s a mistake’. I played with him at West Brom for five or six years and I used to love it, because I knew that he would run through brick walls.

“He’ll kick it or head it, he won’t try and be fancy with the ball, and he’ll score you goals at one end and then defend the life out of it at the other.”

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