Wolves 2-3 West Ham: Lingard shines as Hammers climb into top four

The Hammers, missing Declan Rice after he was ruled out for at least a month with a knee injury, raced into a 3-0 lead in a breathtaking first half.

Goals from Lingard, Pablo Fornals and substitute Jarrod Bowen put West Ham in dreamland but Leander Dendoncker pulled a goal back for Wolves just before half-time and Fabio Silva narrowed the deficit further to set up a nervy finish.

Having blown a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 against Arsenal in their previous games before the international break, West Ham were left battling to avoid another damaging collapse.

But they held on for a crucial win in the race Champions League qualification.

After Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham all dropped points over the weekend, West Ham took full advantage to move a point ahead of Chelsea in fourth.

Hours after it was confirmed that Rice faces a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury he sustained on England duty, this felt like a real statement from David Moyes’ side about their Champions League ambitions.

West Ham made a flying start and went ahead on six minutes when Lingard drove from deep, weaved past a couple of Wolves defenders and fired low past Rui Patricio.

It was 2-0 on 14 minutes as Arthur Masuaku picked out Fornals following more great work from Lingard and the Spaniard doubled the lead with a nice finish.

West Ham were dealt a blow on 33 minutes when Michail Antonio was forced off with an injury that will be a real concern for Moyes given his importance to the team.

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