Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United Live Commentary & Result, 05/04/2021, Premier League


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Wolves showed signs of their best football, but it was in patches, and they need to start producing it over 90 minutes. By the time they had clicked into gear, West Ham were three-nil up, and Wolves spent too long trying to chase the game. They will get the chance to make amends against Fulham at the weekend, while West Ham will tackle Leicester City at home on Sunday.

Tensions boil over at the full-time whistle as Lingard and Neto have to be separated, but West Ham’s players can celebrate after a superb display away from home. The loanee opened the scoring inside the first half, before he then played a huge role in the second goal. Lingard’s turn helped pick out Masuaku before his cross was converted by Fornals. Even though West Ham lost Antonio to injury, his replacement Bowen grabbed a third goal inside the first 45 minutes. Wolves gave themselves a chance when Dendoncker headed home before half-time, and Silva then stepped off the bench to make the game even tighter. However, Nuno’s troops could not find the equaliser and West Ham move up to fourth after securing all three points.

90′ + 5′ FULL-TIME – WOLVES 2-3 WEST HAM.

90′ + 5′ West Ham clear the danger…the full-time whistle is surely seconds away!

90′ + 4′ Traore forces a mistake out of Diop and Wolves have a corner…

90′ + 3′ Lingard is shown a yellow card for timewasting!

90′ + 3′ West Ham have so far wasted at least a minute of stoppage time by keeping the ball towards the corner flag.

90′ + 1′ Soucek takes one for the team as he tries to stop a Wolves attack, and the referee hands him a yellow card as a result.

90′ One final substitution for Wolves as Ait Nouri makes way for Hoever.

89′ Four minutes of stoppage time to come!

88′ Wolves are not doing enough at the moment and they need to really find their groove if they want to rescue a point.

85′ Neves is the latest player to be booked as he clips Lingard from behind.

84′ There are less than 10 minutes to go at Molineux, and West Ham are still doing enough to keep Wolves at bay. Moyes’ men have not been as impressive in the second half, but time is running out for Nuno’s side.

81′ After receiving treatment, Soucek is back on the field, and he wants to carry on.

79′ Moyes now has an injury to worry about as Soucek goes down holding his right ankle.

S. Benrahma

Pablo Fornals

78′ Moyes makes an attacking change as Benrahma replaces Fornals for the final 12 minutes of the match.

77′ NETO! The Wolves ace tries his luck yet again from inside the penalty area, but he cannot get his bearings right, and he fires into the stands at Molineux.

74′ That goal is Silva’s first goal in ten matches for Wolves, with his previous effort coming against West Brom in January.

72′ Nuno turns to his bench as Willian Jose is replaced by Vitinha.

71′ CHANCE!!! Dendoncker wastes a glorious opportunity to level matters, with the midfielder blasting over from inside the box.

68′ Neto grabs an assist, and he deserves to get something from the match. Even when West Ham were 3-0 up, Neto was still one of the best players on the park.

68′ GOAAALLL – WOLVES 2-3 WEST HAM – Silva fires home from a tight angle to give Wolves every chance of rescuing a point. The sub latched onto a throughball from Neto, and he was able to beat Fabianski from inside the box. GAME ON!

67′ Moyes turns to his bench for the first time in the second half as Johnson replaces Masuaku.

65′ OVER! Wolves win a free-kick, and rather than shooting; Neves picked out Neto on the edge of the box. The midfielder tried to loft the ball around the crowd of bodies, but he could not keep his shot under the crossbar.

61′ Neto! The Wolves winger continues to zip around as he tries to grab a goal, but his left-footed strike was straight down the throat of Fabianski, and West Ham clear the danger.

59′ DISALLOWED GOAL!!! West Ham fire home through Soucek, but the referee claims he handled the ball before beating Patricio. Bowen had forced a save out of the Portugal international, meaning the goal was gaping. Soucek pounced, but replays suggest he used his arm to bring the ball under control. 

56′ Dendoncker! The Wolves ace has already scored this evening, and he tries to double that tally. West Ham gave him too much space on the edge of the box, but he failed to capitalise, and it remains 1-3.

54′ WIDE! West Ham go close to scoring their fourth goal this evening, but Bowen can only head Cresswell’s cross wide of the target.

52′ Silva has now been used as a sub on 18 occasions in the Premier League this season, five more than any other player.

50′ With Silva now on, Wolves have changed their formation, and it may take West Ham some time to work them out.

48′ The pace was frantic inside the first half, but West Ham could do with slowing things down. They do not want to give Wolves any more glorious opportunities, but the next 15 minutes could be crucial.

46′ We are back underway!

Fábio Silva

Daniel Podence

46′ Wolves make a change at the break as Podence is replaced by Fabio Silva.

If they can tighten up at the back, Wolves will feel they can still grab something from this game. Neves, Willian Jose and Traore have all gone close, but they just let themselves down at the back with some terrible defending. With Bowen and Lingard on the field, West Ham will always be dangerous on the counter, and the second half could be another cracker!

That was an incredible 45 minutes of football, and after four goals, we cannot ask for much more. Wolves were so poor defensively, and they were punished by Lingard and Fornals inside the first 15 minutes. Lingard played a huge role in Fornals’ goal before then turning provider for Bowen, who replaced the injured Antonio. It was not perfect, though, from West Ham, who conceded late on as Dendoncker headed home from a Traore cross. Both teams have gone all out to score, West Ham have been clinical, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side gave themselves a lifeline at least.

45′ + 3′ HALF-TIME – WOLVES 1-3 WEST HAM.

45′ Three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half…

44′ Traore has looked lively this evening, and he gets a reward as he picks up a rare assist this season.

44′ GOAAAALLLL WOLVES 1-3 WEST HAM – Wolves find something to smile about as they get a goal back just before the interval. Traore found space to cross and picked out Dendoncker, and the powerful midfielder smashed home his header to give the home side a glimmer of hope. 

40′ WHAT A MISS! Wolves should have a goal back, but West Ham have Fabianski to thank, as well as a poor finish from Neto. Willian Jose saw his close-range effort saved by the West Ham stopper, but the rebound fell to Neto. The winger had the goal at his mercy, but he somehow fired wide, and it remains 0-3.

38′ It is not even half-time, and Lingard has one goal, one assist, and he also played a huge part in the second goal. Is it too early to name him the man of the match?

38′ SUPER SUB!!! WOLVES 0-3 WEST HAM – Just minutes after coming off the bench, Bowen fires West Ham into a three-nil lead. Lingard’s blistering pace caused carnage once again, and he played in his strike partner, who took one touch before drilling the ball past Patricio in goal. The keeper could have done better, the defence certainly should have done, but all that matters is West Ham are cruising here!

38′ CHANCE! Wolves have not given up despite the slow start, and Traore forces a save out of Fabianski. The Spanish winger picked up the ball on the edge of the box before trying his luck, but his effort was too central, and the Hammers keeper dealt with it easily.

36′ Bowen has now replaced Antonio, who looked to be struggling with a hamstring knock.

33′ Antonio’s night is over, much to his disappointment. The physio has clearly told the bench that he must come off, but Antonio was ready to go back on. Moyes is taking no chances, and Antonio has made his way down the tunnel.

31′ Worryingly for West Ham, Antonio has stayed down after going for goal, and he is receiving treatment.

29′ SIDE NETTING! Antonio fires another warning to Wolves as he dribbles his way into the box, but he fails to test Patricio, with his shot hitting the side of the net. 

26′ NETO! The Wolves winger screams in frustration as he heads past the near post. Neves’ cross was played into his path perfectly, but Neto jumped a little early and could only head behind for a goal-kick.

23′ Antonio wastes the chance to make it three after mistiming a header, and his poor touch allows Patricio to dive on the ball, and the scoreline remains 0-2.

20′ Wolves appeal for a penalty as Traore goes down in the box, but VAR suggests Dawson got a touch to the ball, and the game is back underway.

18′ OVER! Wolves try to respond from a corner, but Neves can only head the ball over at the back post.

14′ Masuaku deserves plenty of credit for his supportive run and his cutback was inch-perfect and it allowed Fornals to shoot first time.

14′ GOAAAALLLL!!! WOLVES 0-2 WEST HAM – Fornals doubles West Ham’s advantage, and it is another moment of brilliance from Lingard which helps the Hammers on their way. Lingard chased down a lost cause before flicking the ball back inside towards Masuaku. The left-back wasted no time in picking out Fornals, who did superbly well to open up his body and fire his shot into the bottom corner. What an incredible start from West Ham!!!

12′ Lingard now has six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for West Ham. What a signing he has turned out to be!

10′ Diop is the second West Ham player to be shown a yellow card, after pushing Traore over near the halfway line.

8′ WIDE! Ait Nouri tries his luck from inside the penalty area, and he is inches away from finding the bottom corner. The Wolves left-back was given too much space, but Fabianski was able to watch the ball sail past his far post.

7′ Coufal picks up the assist after teeing up Lingard from inside his own half.

6′ WHAT A GOALLL!!!!! WOLVES 0-1 WEST HAM – Lingard fires the Hammers into the lead thanks to a brilliant solo effort. The England international picked up the ball on the halfway line and glided his way past several Wolves defenders before firing past Patricio with a left-footed strike.

5′ Inside five minutes, we have had a big chance each and a yellow card. This could be a lively encounter!

5′ Dawson is shown a yellow card after pulling Neto back when under pressure.

4′ SAVE!! West Ham respond immediately as Antonio lets fly and forces a save from Patricio in the Wolves goal. Antonio’s shot was destined for the back of the net, but the Wolves keeper did enough to tip the ball onto the post.

3′ CLOSE!! Willian Jose registers the first shot towards goal, and he is not too far away from scoring. The powerful striker received the ball in the box before finding space, but he failed to keep his right-footed shot on target.

1′ We are underway at Molineux!

The two teams are out on the field and we are moments away from kick-off.

The home side will fancy their chances this evening, with Wolves losing just one of their last eight home league games against West Ham. 

Midfielder Podence returns from injury as Wolves make three changes from their defeat to Liverpool. Ait-Nouri and Dendoncker also come into the starting XI. Moyes also makes three alterations to his side as Noble, Fornals, and Masuaku replace Benrahma, Bowen and the injured Declan Rice.

SUBS: Frederik Alves, Nathan Trott, Ben Johnson, Ryan Fredericks, David Martin, Fabian Balbuena, Jarrod Bowen, Ademipo Odubeko, Said Benrahma.

WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Mark Noble; Pablo Fornals, Jesse Lingard, Arthur Masuaku; Michail Antonio.

SUBS: Christian Marques, Lewis Richards, Fabio Silva, Morgan Gibbs-White, Vitinha, John Ruddy, Maximilian Kilman, Ki-Jana Hoever, Owen Otasowie.

WOLVES (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Leander Dendoncker, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Daniel Podence, Rayan Ait Nouri; Pedro Neto, Adama Traore; Willian Jose.

Wolves will be hoping to get back to winning ways at Molineux, with their last contest at home ending in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool. The Hammers have struggled on their travels of late, losing three in a row in all competitions away from the London Stadium.

David Moyes’ side can climb above Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea with a win, while Wolves could go as high as 12th if they get the job done. Wolves are without a win in four, while the Hammers have won one of their previous four matches.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League contest between Wolves and West Ham. Fourteen points separate the two sides, with Wolves 14th, while the Hammers are seventh and looking to return to the top four this evening.



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