David Moyes admitted he feared the worst as his West Ham aspect nearly threw away some other three-goal lead of their 3-2 win at Wolves on Monday night time.
Jesse Lingard’s masterclass put the Hammers in pole place within the race for the Champions League.
Moyes’ aspect are 4 issues in the back of 3rd positioned Leicester – who they host on Sunday – and some extent forward of Chelsea after making the most of the Blues’ surprise defeat to West Brom.
Leander Dendoncker and Fabio Silva made the Hammers paintings, even though, as they clung on for his or her first league double over Wolves in nearly 100 years, having blown a 3-Zero lead in opposition to Arsenal closing day trip.
Talking after the sport, Moyes advised Sky Sports activities: “For a supervisor it’s torture (recreation like that). Scoring 3 closing week and 3 this, sadly conceding a couple of as smartly. It used to be in reality open. Each groups can have scored extra.
“It felt like deja vu. We didn’t organize it too smartly. We have been going to take a look at and make it 4 as a substitute of settling for 3-Zero at half-time. A few of our play within the first 1/2 used to be scintillating. Jesse (Lingard) used to be incredible. Michail Antonio performed in addition to he has for an extended whilst for 30 mins. Weren’t certain at the harm. We will be able to assess it day after today. It looks as if he’s felt his hamstring.”
At the race for best 4, he added: “We need to pass and take it on. Why now not? I’m listening to pundits speaking about West Ham having an opportunity of Champions League. No person would have envisaged or discussed that closing season. Are we able to stay it going? We’re going to take a look at and compete with the massive groups proper till the top.”
Lingard hails nice Hammers win
The exceptional Lingard added: “It used to be a tricky recreation. We needed to paintings laborious. We saved at it. I assumed it will be some other Arsenal, conceding simply earlier than half-time. However the lads saved their focal point. We pop out 2d 1/2 a little higher. It used to be about managing the sport.”
On his target, he added: “It used to be two as opposed to two and we paintings on that during coaching, Michail took a person away together with his run. There’s at all times room for growth. This can be a nice victory and we take the positives.”
As for his surprising go back to shape since his mortgage transfer to Previous Trafford, Lingard admitted: “It’s consistency. I’ve now not performed a lot within the closing two years in an effort to play week in week out is excellent. The group lend a hand me.”
The Hammers moved again into the highest 4 with the win, and Lingard believes they may be able to keep there: “It’s about keeping up and protecting focal point. We have now tricky fixtures however the lads are able.”
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