Lingard propels West Ham to fourth position

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Lingard propels West Ham to fourth position
Lingard propels West Ham to fourth position

What you should know:

  • Lingard scored twice in the first half at the London Stadium to continue his impressive form since joining on loan from Manchester United in January.
  • Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 28-year-career old’s had stalled at United, where he was barely seen.
  • With a crucial 2-1 victory over Burnley, Newcastle took a huge step towards ensuring their survival.

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Jesse Lingard inspired West Ham to a 3-2 victory over Leicester on Sunday, propelling the Hammers into fourth position in the Premier League.

Lingard scored twice in the first half at the London Stadium to continue his impressive form since joining on loan from Manchester United in January.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 28-year-career old’s had stalled at United, where he was barely seen.

However, he has resurrected his career with West Ham, scoring eight goals in nine appearances and receiving a recall to the England squad.

After being knocked down to sixth place by their rivals’ victories earlier this weekend, West Ham climbed above Chelsea and Liverpool to regain fourth place thanks to Jarrod Bowen’s third-half goal.

With seven games remaining for all three teams, West Ham is one point ahead of Chelsea in fifth position and two points ahead of Liverpool.

The Hammers haven’t finished in the top four since came┬áthird in 1985-86.

A top-four finish in the Champions League next season will be an amazing achievement for Moyes, whose work this season has helped to restore his reputation following his struggles at Manchester United and Sunderland.

Lingard opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a volley from the edge of the area, and he doubled the lead in the 44th minute with a tap-in from Bowen’s pass.

Bowen scored West Ham’s third goal in the 48th minute with a simple finish after receiving a pass from Tomas Soucek.

With a long-range drive in the 70th minute, Kelechi Iheanacho equalized for third-placed Leicester.

In stoppage time, Iheanacho scored again from close range, but Leicester are still just one point ahead of West Ham after looking likely to finish in the top four.

Big step

To make matters worse, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers left out James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury, and Ayoze Perez after they violated coronavirus protocols.

“It is extremely disappointing to learn of a breach that had the potential to undermine the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play,” a Leicester spokesman said.

“Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our team bubbles being compromised.”

With a crucial 2-1 win over Burnley, Newcastle took a big step towards securing their survival.

At Turf Moor, Steve Bruce’s side came from behind to end a seven-game losing streak.

Burnley took the lead in the 18th minute when Matej Vydra scored from close range, but Jacob Murphy equalized in the 57th minute.

fourth from the bottom Newcastle are now six points clear of the relegation zone, with a game in hand on Fulham, who are currently in third place.

Burnley are seven points clear of the bottom three, but with just one victory in their last eight games, they aren’t assured of survival.

 

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