West Ham United moved into the top-four with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, with Jesse Lingard again on the scoresheet.
West Ham went into the game off the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Monday night and knew that a win at the London Stadium would take them above Chelsea in fourth after they dropped points on Saturday.
It didn’t take long for David Moyes’ side to take the lead, winger Jarrod Bowen whipping in a delightful ball for Michail Antonio, the striker firing home after his initial effort had been saved by Hugo Lloris.
The visitors struggled to really get going in the first-half, with a rare chance seeing Harry Kane’s drilled effort well saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
With the away side trailing at the break, Jose Mourinho brought on Gareth Bale at half-time, yet just a few minutes after the interval the home side extended their lead, on-loan Manchester United man Jesse Lingard firing home his third goal for his new club with an excellent left-footed strike.
The introduction of Bale did provide an extra threat for Mourinho’s side, however, with the Welshman’s corner on 64 minutes finding Lucas Moura in the box, who headed home brilliantly to give his side hope.
With the Hammers hanging on, Kane then saw his drilled cross superbly defended by Declan Rice, before Bale’s stunning strike ricocheted off the crossbar.
Spurs thought they’d snatched a point in the 92nd minute, the ball rebounding off Heung-Min Son and agonisingly striking the post, with West Ham ultimately hanging on for a well-earned three points.
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While they perhaps deserved the win for their first-half performance, in particular, matchwinner Lingard admitted that his side enjoyed their fair share of ‘luck’ to get the victory.
“A brilliant win. The lads are buzzing,” Lingard told Sky Sports. “We grafted and luck was on our side today.
“It was just about maintaining the same intensity in the second half. We knew it would be a graft, that is a team we are about, working hard for the three points.
“It is brilliant, the lads have taken to me. I have settled in really quickly. I am playing each game with a smile and enjoying my football and that is the most important thing.
“Everyone has the same mindset and goal for the end of the season and the same targets. We don’t look at the table too much and will take it game by game but this is an enjoyable position to be in.”
West Ham are next in action against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.