West Ham tames Wolves to break back into top four

West Ham United boosted its hopes of ending within the Premier League top four and incomes a Champions League berth after a powerful first half helped it to a 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

West Ham moved three locations up to fourth on 52 factors from 30 video games, yet another than fifth-placed Chelsea and three forward of sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in seventh. Wolves stayed 14th on 35 factors.

West Ham additionally equalled the membership’s Premier League file of seven away wins in a season and gave themselves each probability of breaking it with eight video games remaining.

Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals and substitute Jarrod Bowen, who changed the injured Michail Antonio, fired the Hammers into a 3-0 lead earlier than Leander Dendoncker pulled one back for the house facet in an action-packed first half.

Fabio Silva struck for the resurgent Wolves halfway via the second half. But the house facet was unable to make its late strain depend because the customer held out within the closing phases.
 Lingard fired West Ham forward after he capped a darting solo run from his half with a fantastic left-footed end within the sixth minute after Antonio had hit the submit with a ferocious long-range effort.

Fornals made it 2-0 within the 14th with a deft side-footed end after good work from Lingard and Arthur Masuaku, who squared the ball back to the Spaniard.

Bowen added the third within the thirty eighth minute, shortly after approaching for Antonio, as he discovered area within the coronary heart of the penalty space to beat residence goalkeeper Rui Patricio with a agency low shot contained in the close to submit.

Wasteful Wolves, who compounded their poor defending within the first half by losing a number of gilt-edged possibilities, hauled themselves back into the competition when Dendoncker headed residence an Adama Traore cross within the forty second minute.

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek had a purpose disallowed for handball on the hour and the customer was compelled to cling on within the remaining 20 minutes after Silva beat visiting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with a neat end halfway via the second half.

Wolves had been lacking Spanish defender Jonny who was dominated out for the remainder of the season shortly earlier than kick off with a recurring knee damage.
 Poor defence

The residence staff’s supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo rued its sloppy defending.

“We were very poor in defence and it takes away from all the good things we did in attack,” he instructed Sky Sports.

“The reaction was good but we started very bad. Conceding three goals against a top team like West Ham makes it very difficult to reverse the result.”

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Deja Vu 

“It felt like deja vu,” Moyes instructed Sky Sports after his facet was compelled to cling on within the closing phases.

“We did not handle it too nicely. We had been going to attempt to make it four as a substitute of settling for 3-0 at halftime. Some of our play within the first half was scintillating.

“Jesse was fantastic. Michail Antonio played as well as he has for a long while for 30 minutes. We’re not sure about the injury. We will assess it tomorrow. It looks like he’s felt his hamstring.”

Moyes was assured his facet would keep in rivalry for a Champions League berth within the residence straight.

“We have to go and take it on. Why not? I am hearing pundits talking about West Ham having a chance of Champions League,” he stated.

“Nobody would have envisaged or mentioned that last season. Can we keep it going? We are going to try and compete with the big teams right until the end.”

Rice sidelined with knee ligament damage

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice might be out of motion for a month due to a knee ligament damage sustained on England obligation, the Premier League membership stated.

The 22-year-old picked up the difficulty late in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Poland at Wembley final Wednesday however managed to end the sport.

Rice was absent for West Ham’s 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, the primary league sport he has missed all season, and native media reported he might be out for a month.

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