- Hammers moved to top-four with win over Wolves at Molineaux Stadium
- David Moyes’ side strolled to a three goal advantage and had to hold off a late surge by the hosts who drew back two goals
West Ham moved one step forward in their charge for Champions League football next season with a 3-2 win over Wolves on Monday night.
After racing into a three-goal lead during a brilliant opening 40 minutes, the Hammers held off a Wolves fightback to secure a win that moves them above Chelsea with eight games remaining.
On-loan Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard was in inspired form as the Hammers tore Wolves apart in the first half, scoring a fine solo goal and playing a part in the other two as the visitors raced into a 3-0 lead.
After running from inside his own half for the opener, he produced a brilliant flick on the byline to find Arthur Masuaku, whose low cross was turned in first time by Pablo Fornals, before then leading a quick counter to tee up substitute Jarrod Bowen to drive in the third.
Moyes’ side had let slip a 3-0 lead in their previous game against Arsenal to draw 3-3 and they looked in danger of a repeat when Leander Dendoncker headed home just before half-time and substitute Fabio Silva rolled in a fine strike midway through the second half to reduce the deficit to one goal.
West Ham dropped deep as they tried to hold on to their slender advantage, and although Wolves dominated the closing stages they could not find a way through for a third time.
Wolves are back in Premier League action on Friday, when they travel to Fulham while West Ham host Leicester on Sunday.