Tomas Soucek scored the only goal as West Ham beat Wolves 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to lift themselves to within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United.
David Moyes' side, who had drawn their previous two matches, climbed above Arsenal thanks to the Czech midfielder's 59th-minute goal on his 27th birthday at the London Stadium.
Just seven points separate Manchester United from eighth-placed Wolves, who are still in the hunt for a place in next season's Champions League despite their defeat.
Moyes said before the game that he would like more goals from last season's top hitmen Michail Antonio and Soucek.
Striker Antonio has not found the net since New Year's Day while Soucek, who struck 10 goals from midfield last season, had been stuck on just three this term.
The two combined for the only goal of the match just before the hour mark, with Soucek in the right place at the right time to prod Antonio's cross past Jose Sa from close range.
Wolves, who were mostly forced to resort to trying their luck from distance, struggled to test Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham net and finished with just one shot on target.
West Ham now have 45 points, the same number as Arsenal, who have three games in hand. The Hammers are ahead due to a marginally better goal difference.
Moyes was delighted with the number of opportunities his team created against Bruno Lage's men, who have lost three of their past five league games.
"He (Antonio) was really good — he got himself more chances and the goalkeeper made a good save from him in the first half," Moyes told the BBC. "I thought he did a good job for the team."
Speaking about Soucek, he said: "His standards have been set so high, he has hardly put a foot wrong. He is a great lad to have around your team."
The Hammers have not finished in the top four of the English top flight since the 1985/86 season, when they were third under manager John Lyall.
West Ham's players paid a pre-match tribute to their Ukrainian team-mate Andriy Yarmolenko, wearing T-shirts bearing his No. 7 before captain Declan Rice carried the forward's shirt out ahead of kick-off.
Moyes said on Friday that the winger has been given time off as he struggles to deal with the shock of Russia's invasion of his country.
"It is so important, for me and for the team, the club and everyone to support Yarmo," Rice told Sky Sports. "The day it started we saw him at the training ground and he was in bits. We are there for him and the people of Ukraine."
jw/jc
David Moyes had admitted before the match he would like more goals from Michail Antonio and Soucek.
The Hammers boss had said before the game that he would like more goals from Michail Antonio and Soucek.
Burnley fought back to grab a draw at Crystal Palace, as the Clarets are now three games unbeaten.
Christian Eriksen was named among the Brentford substitutes for the visit of Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund conceded a late equaliser as they were held 1-1 at Augsburg on Sunday to leave Bayern Munich eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Roman Abramovich symbolically diminished his status as Chelsea owner by appearing to take himself out of the decision-making process on Saturday after facing calls to completely give up control of the Premier League club following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The billionaire is one of Russia's highest-profile oligarchs and has been highlighted in the past for links to President Vladimir Putin, who is being ostracized globally for launching the unprovoked attack on a neighbor. There is no indication that Abramovich is paving the way for a sale of the club he has transformed since 2003 with his wealth, but a carefully worded statement indicated a relinquishing of some control.
West Ham host Wolves at the London Stadium on Sunday in an unlikely battle between two teams hoping to finish in the top four.
Antonio has not scored for West Ham since New Year’s Day.
259 days after suffering a cardiac arrest on the field at EURO 2020, Christian Eriksen made his return to football.
Bruno Fernandes didn't hide his frustration after Manchester United slipped to a goalless draw against Watford.
Dusan Vlahovic scored twice as Juventus claimed a 3-2 win at Empoli on Saturday to move within seven points of Serie A leaders AC Milan.
Fabian Ruiz shot Napoli top of Serie A on Sunday with a stunning, last-gasp winner in a thrilling 2-1 victory at Lazio.
Liverpool head into the League Cup final with the most fearsome attack in Europe, but how did they manage to build it while in recruitment transition?
Chelsea owner Abramovich handed the “stewardship and care” of the Blues to the club’s foundation trustees in a statement on Saturday night.
The Argentinian guided the club back to the Premier League in 2020.
Liverpool and Chelsea players stood in a show of support for war-torn Ukraine ahead of Sunday's League Cup final at Wembley.
Liverpool won its first domestic final in a decade by beating Chelsea 11-10 on penalties to clinch the League Cup on Sunday. All 10 penalties had been scored before it was down to the goalkeepers to take their turn and Kepa Arrizabalaga missed after Liverpool counterpart Caoimhin Kelleher had netted. Kepa had been brought off the bench as a penalties specialist just as the clock hit 120 minutes at the end of extra time, replacing Edouard Mendy whose saves had kept the final locked at 0-0.
Ousmane Dembele turned the jeers to cheers at Camp Nou on Sunday by scoring a stunning goal and setting up two more in a 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.
It pays to play well on the PGA Tour. Just ask Sepp Straka.
Jurgen Klopp challenged Liverpool to chase a historic quadruple after the Reds won the League Cup final in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Chelsea on Sunday.

source

By faress

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.