Lingard inspires West Ham to thrilling 3-2 win at Wolves to move fourth
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Lingard inspires West Ham to thrilling 3-2 win at Wolves to move fourth

West Ham kept their Champions League dreams alive with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Wolves at the Molineux on Monday night. 

The Hammers scored three first-half goals through Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals, and Jarrod Bowen, with Leander Dendoncker and Fabio Silva scoring for the hosts. 

West Ham showed their intent as early as the fourth minute when Michail Antonio latched on to a price pass on the edge of the box, made some space, and ripped a host close to the left post but the goalkeeper managed to make a stunning save.

The visitors then took the lead two minutes later as the red-hot Lingard scored a brilliant individual goal, finding the net from inside the box. 

David Moyes' side easily doubled their lead in the 14th minute after Pablo Fornals got to the end of an Arthur Masuaku ball to fire a first-time shot into the bottom right corner.

Wolves were unlucky not to halve the scores in the 22nd minute as Daniel Podence leaped highest to meet a lofted pass around the penalty spot, but his header crashed against the crossbar. 

The hosts seemed to be getting a grip on the game after the two shockers, but their good work was undone as the visitors added a third in the 38th minute as the lively Lingard slipped a clever pass through to Jarrod Bowen, who sent a measured shot beyond the keeper for a 3-0 lead. 

With a minute to half-time, Adama Traore showcased his great technique and produce a beautifully lofted cross into the box, which was met by Leander Dendoncker with a perfect header for a 3-1 score.

West Ham thought they had scored a fourth on the hour-mark, but Tomas Soucek's effort was ruled out for offside. 

Fabio Silva then scored in the 68th minute with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner to bring the hosts to within reach of pulling a stunning comeback, but it proved to be a consolation as the Hammers held on for the win.

The victory took the Hammers above Chelsea into fourth and kept their Champions League dreams alive going into the last eight games. 

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