Joy and relief as Hammers avoid repeat of big slump

Sports | REUTERS 7 Apr 2021

Manager David Moyes and midfielder Jesse Lingard were relieved West Ham avoided squandering another three-goal lead after holding on to a 3-2 win at Wolves.

The Hammers were held to a 3-3 home draw by Arsenal in the previous round of English Premier League matches and the visit to Wolves almost ended the same way.

"It felt like deja vu," Moyes said after his side were forced to hang on in the closing stages.

"We didn't manage it too well. We were going to try and make it four [goals] instead of settling for 3-0 at half-time. Some of our play in the first half was scintillating."

Lingard, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen fired Hammers ahead before Leander Dendoncker pulled one back late in the first half and Fabio Silva set up a tense finish with a 68th-minute goal.

"I thought it would be another Arsenal, conceding just before half-time. But the lads kept their focus," Lingard said.

The result lifted West Ham up to fourth with eight games remaining and Moyes was confident his side would stay in contention for a Champions League berth. "We are going to try and compete with the big teams right until the end," he said.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, has not given up hope his side can secure European football next season despite a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace denting their chances.

Michy Batshuayi's late goal canceled out James Rodriguez's opener for Everton. The draw left Everton four points behind fifth-placed Chelsea, who have played a game more.

"I think the position in Europe is still there," Ancelotti said. "But we have to be more focused ...We lost points for our mistakes."

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