Wolves 2-0 West Ham United: The Fans Report
Wolves came into this game after a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United three days ago. After making it nine games unbeaten in the Premier League on Sunday, Wolves were determined to reach the 10 game mark which had not been done in the top flight since 1972.
West Ham came into this match with their heads held high after beating there London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. With rumours that their Chilean boss, Manuel Pellegrini is still under pressure from the owners to start picking up points in the league this game is almost a must-win for the side sitting in 13th position. A win for the Hammers could take them into the top 10, but the previous two league games against the Black Country side have come in defeat for the Irons.
West Ham started brightly in the opening stages and it looked likely they would take an early lead. A cross whipped into the box Felipe Anderson onto the head of Robert Snodgrass at the back post but couldn’t direct his header on target.
It would be Wolves who were to break the deadlock. Joao Moutinho’s second corner of the night fell to the feet of Leander Dendoncker and the cool, composed centre back tapped it home on the edge of the 6-yard box.
After that goal, it was the home side pushing for a second but the best chance fell to the Pablo Fornals who had a chance on the left corner of the 18-yard line which was curling into the top corner but the acrobatics of Rui Patricio kept his side in the lead. Wolves go in one goal to the good.
As the second half resumed it was more of the same with both sides having good goes at scoring a crucial goal which could change the course of the game.
Wolves had the best of the chances with both Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota looking to get on the scoresheet but both chances denied by the West Ham goalkeeper David Martin.
With the last 15 minutes to play West Ham looked like they would be the side to score and take a valuable point back to East London.
However, the travelling side was to pay and in the 85th minute as both substitutes, Pedro Neto and Patrick Cutrone linked up with each other to score with a low drive by Cutrone on the 18-yard line. It was an accomplished finish by the young Italian as Molineux breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Wolves Player Ratings
Wolves man of the match - Leander Dendoncker
The Belgian bounced back having performed poorly against Sheffield United. He was dominant in both boxes and got himself on the scoresheet.
Written by Jake Ruscoe, you can follow him here
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