Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 West Ham: Jesse Lingard stunner helps Hammers to win

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard scored his sixth goal for West Ham

Jesse Lingard scored a brilliant solo goal before West Ham held off a Wolves fightback to secure a victory that moves them into the top four of the Premier League.

On-loan Manchester United midfielder Lingard has been in inspired form since joining the Hammers on 29 January.

And he continued his impressive resurgence when he charged through the Wolves midfield and defence to slot in the opener early in the first half.

Lingard was instrumental in West Ham’s next two goals as he produced a brilliant flick on the byline to find Arthur Masuaku, whose low cross was turned in first time by Pablo Fornals, before Lingard led a quick counter to tee up substitute Jarrod Bowen to drive in the third.

However, David Moyes’ side had let slip a 3-0 lead in their previous game against Arsenal to draw 3-3 and they looked in danger of a repeat when Leander Dendoncker headed home just before half-time and substitute Fabio Silva rolled in a fine strike midway through the second half to reduce the deficit to one goal.

West Ham dropped deep as they tried to hold onto their slender advantage and although Wolves dominated the closing stages they could not find a way through for a third time.

With Chelsea having surprisingly lost 5-2 to West Brom at the weekend, this win moves West Ham up to fourth with 52 points. Defeat for Wolves, meanwhile, means they are 14th.

Lingard shines as West Ham eye Champions League

Few would likely have expected Lingard, who had fallen out of form and out of favour at Manchester United, to prove to be one of the signings of the January transfer window when he made the switch to the Hammers.

But since the move he has not just developed into an integral part of Moyes’ side but also into one of the most in-form players in the Premier League.

He scored two goals on his West Ham debut and now has six in eight league appearances, with his form having propelled him back into the England set-up at just the right time with the European Championships coming up this summer.

Opta graphic for Jesse Lingard's goal
With three, Jesse Lingard has scored more goals from fast breaks than any other player in the Premier League this season

His latest strike was undoubtedly a goal of the season contender as he picked the ball up from halfway and slalomed his way past stunned Wolves players before finishing clinically.

Since he joined West Ham only Harry Kane (nine) has been involved in as many goals as Lingard and his arrival has undoubtedly played a key role in ensuring the Hammers are very much in the conversation for a finish in the Champions League places with just eight games remaining.

For 30 minutes, West Ham were superb and if they can produce that performance over a longer period in game they will deservedly remain in contention. Only their defending threatens to derail their top-four bid, having now conceded six goals in their last three games.

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Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 3Aït-NouriSubstituted forHoeverat 90′minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesBooked at 85mins
  • 7Neto
  • 10PodenceSubstituted forFábio Silvaat 45′minutes
  • 37Traoré
  • 12Da SilvaSubstituted forVitinhaat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 18Gibbs-White
  • 20Vitinha
  • 21Ruddy
  • 42Richards
  • 49Kilman
  • 54Otasowie
  • 75Marques

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15DawsonBooked at 4mins
  • 23DiopBooked at 10mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28SoucekBooked at 90mins
  • 16Noble
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 78′minutes
  • 11LingardBooked at 90mins
  • 26MasuakuSubstituted forJohnsonat 67′minutes
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forBowenat 36′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 9Benrahma
  • 14Alves
  • 20Bowen
  • 24Fredericks
  • 25Martin
  • 31Johnson
  • 34Trott
  • 45Odubeko

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 3.

  3. Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fábio Silva.

  5. Tomas Soucek (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Vitinha (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Tomas Soucek (West Ham United).

  8. Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Rayan Aït-Nouri.

  9. Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  10. Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution, West Ham United. Saïd Benrahma replaces Pablo Fornals.

  15. Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  17. Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Vitinha replaces Willian José.

  19. Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

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