Post-Match Analysis: West Ham edge past Wolves in thrilling match
Pedro Neto of Wolverhampton Wanderers confronts Jesse Lingard of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on April 05, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United played out an entertaining and open game at Molineux, that ended 3-2. West Ham ran rampant in the first half, scoring three before half time, Wolves then came out in the second half much brighter and almost made an unlikely come-back.

In the opening stages, both teams went close, but it was West Ham who made the most of their chances with Jesse Lingard scoring a superb solo effort, Wolves also went close through Pedro Neto and Willian José early on but couldn't find a way through.

Goals from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen would be enough to edge West Ham to victory.

Wolves' first-half woes continue

Wolves have been struggling to get going in the first half of matches this season and this game was no different. After drawing a blank, in the first half of their last eight games in all competitions, Nuno Espírito Santo's side did manage to find the net in the 44th minute through Leander Dendoncker, but their lacklustre start had already seen them fall three goals down.

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Nuno's men did seem re-energized after half time however, with Fabio Silva giving the team from the Black Country hope, in the 67th minute, after his shot found the far corner of Łukasz Fabiański's goal.

Wolves will be hoping that they can put their poor first-half performances behind them in the coming weeks as they try and confirm their place in the top half of the Premier League table.

Lingard continues fine form

Lingard has emerged as The Hammers talisman since his arrival from Manchester United on loan in the January transfer window. He has six goals in eight games during his time in London. Wolves struggled to control Lingard throughout the first half especially with Lingard scoring the first goal of the game.

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Wolves let West Ham in too easily on more than one occasion in the game, with The Irons looking like they would score with every attack that they had on Rui Patricio's goal.

Wolves forward issues

José started up front again for the Wanderers and failed to have much of an impact on the game, he missed a chance from inside the six-yard box, putting his effort straight at the keeper.

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Silva came on in the second half and provided a much-needed spark that had been missing, in not only the game on Monday night but in most games since Raúl Jiménez's injury in November.

Neto provided the assist for Silva's goal with a brilliant ball over the top that put him in on goal, in a game where Neto didn't seem his usual menacing self he still managed to inspire Wolves back into the game.