(Wolverhampton-West Ham 2-3) After 30 league rounds last season, the goal difference kept West Ham on the right side of the relegation line. Now the London club is in the Champions League place.
With the win against Wolverhampton on the 2nd day of Easter, West Ham climb to 4th place in the Premier League. Now there are four points up to Leicester and one point down to Chelsea who have taken the Europa League place with eight league rounds left.
When 30 games were played last season, West Ham had 27 points and were 56 behind league leaders Liverpool in 17th place. When Easter is over, the London club has a three-point lead over last season’s league champions. It’s a bit of a twist.
Jesse Lingard has his share of it. He stood with five goals and two goalscorers in seven games after coming on loan from Manchester United.
– It was a tough match, but we succeeded. It was a great victory. Now we just have to stay focused on the next few games. There are tough games left, but the boys are ready, Lingard told Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old decorated the stats when he started ten yards in his own half of the field and set speed toward the goal. After finishing two Wolverhampton players, he tipped the ball after just six minutes of play over goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Pablo Fornals took it 2-0 eight minutes later before Lingard scored his third goal in a West Ham kit. This time to Jarrod Bowen.
With 3-0 after 38 minutes, it looked bright for the London club. Then came the reduction for the time being when Leander Dendoncker used his head on a post by Adama Traore.
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And suddenly there was struggle and excitement again after substitute Fabio Silva reduced to 2-3 with a great goal from the corner of the penalty area.
West Ham were pressed on the butt, lay low but held off in the final minutes.
Now Leicester are waiting for the next match.