LINGARD INSPIRATIONAL EFFORTS
What began as an impossible dream is now becoming a reality for West Ham. Thanks to Jesse Lingard’s inspirational effort because of which the Champions League qualification was possible.
The Manchester United loanee scored for the sixth time in his eighth start for David Moyes’ side before assisting on two more goals as West Ham won a thrilling match and moved up to fourth in the table.
In other words, the guy who is proving to be one of the season’s greatest signings is leading his side to one of the season’s most impressive results.
THE HARD FIGHT OF WOLVES v/s WEST HAM
Since 1986, West Ham has not finished in the top four. Their performance at Molineux indicated that they think the feat is now within reach.
Lingard started them off with a fantastic goal in the sixth minute, and he then assisted Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen to make it 3-0. But they had to fight hard to keep the lead against a risky host team that responded with Leander Dendoncker and Fábio Silva.
THE OPPORTUNITY OVER WEST HAM
After blowing a three-goal lead against Arsenal two weeks earlier, West Ham was adamant to not waste this opportunity.
Moyes said that they should have made it easier for themselves after taking another 3-0 lead.
“We need to learn about to make the game even better. We’re in such a strong situation that I think the boys are only celebrating the prospect of continuing to score goals.”
THE INJURY EFFECT
West Ham lost Declan Rice to injuries, while Wolves were without Willy Boly (who tested positive for Covid-19), and Jonny Castro(who tore a cruciate ligament in training on the same knee he tore eight months earlier).
Willian José got an early opportunity to score his first goal since joining the club in January.
Wolves should have opened the scoring after two minutes. The striker hit the crossbar from 14 yards.
Dendoncker and Neto snatched at their best chances while Wolves did their utmost to find an equalizer. However, both failed to keep shots down from the inviting range.
The win lifted the Hammers above Chelsea into fourth place and held their Champions League hopes alive heading into the final eight games of the season.