West Ham moved back into the Champions League spaces on Monday evening after defeating Wolves 3-2 in a thriller at Molineux.
The Hammers were clinical in the opening phases of the game. Jesse Lingard was in breathtaking form, scoring one, playing a big part in the second and assisting the third. Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen put the Irons 3-0 up before 40 minutes.
Wolves hit back through Leander Dendoncker and Fabio Silva but weren’t able to salvage anything from the tie. It’s a big result for David Moyes’ side, who were desperate to get a result after drawing 3-3 with Arsenal in their last match.
With just eight rounds of play left to go, we’re sat fourth in the Premier League – what a remarkable season it’s been. West Ham Zone have highlighted three things we learned in the win over Wolves.
Lingard is lethal
After a strong international spell with England, Lingard picked up where he left off for the Irons on Monday. Every time he gets the ball you expect something to happen, and that’s because genuinely, things tend to.
Lingard has scored 0.72 goals every 90 minutes, ranking him third in the Premier League [WyScout]. He also gets 0.36 assists per 90, this places him fourth in the top-tier.
Six goals, three assists and two penalties won in eight matches for the Hammers. How on earth did Manchester United allow him to sit on the bench for so long? He’s the in-form player in the top-flight.
Declan Rice said it a few weeks ago as we defeated Leeds, West Ham have finally learned how to win ugly. Despite going 3-0 up, it was more of the same on Monday.
The Hammers picked up two very early yellow cards to Craig Dawson and Issa Diop. Overall, we took four bookings – Lingard and Tomas Soucek were cautioned after 90 minutes.
Professional fouls, time-wasting, kicking the ball away – actions we’re not used to seeing from the Hammers. The players are doing whatever it takes to win now. Let’s have more of the same on Sunday, as far as we’re concerned.
Mark Noble came back into the side and put on a classy display. It’s the first time he’s started a Premier League game this season and we’ve gone on to win.
The skipper was everywhere at Molineux. He made more ball recoveries  and more interceptions  than any other player on the pitch [Squawka Football].
Noble also completed 89% of his passes and 100% of his long balls [WyScout]. It’s just the second time this season he’s completed 90 minutes in the top-flight. We’re hoping he has enough time to recover and go again with Leicester City on Sunday.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers would be crazy to not sign this in-demand goalscoring international.