LONDON: Jesse Lingard inspired West Ham to create a 3-2 win at Wolves and move into fourth in the Premier League as Everton’s hopes of finishing in the top four were dashed by a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
Lingard’s stunning performances since joining the Hammers after being loaned out from Manchester United in January saw him return to the call -up of England manager Gareth Southgate last month.
The midfielder added to his confidence to earn a place in Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 when he ran from his own area to blast home his sixth goal in eight appearances for West Ham after six minutes of play.
Lingard then assisted on two more goals for his squad as the hosts took a 3-0 lead in 38 minutes.
His pass to Arthur Masuaku allowed the player to send a cross for Pablo Fornals to blast home the Hammers’ second goal.
Lingard then advanced past Wolves’ weak defense before channeling the ball for Jarrod Bowen who kicked hard into the corner of the goal controlled by Rui Patricio.
“He played very well,” said West Ham boss David Moyes. “Tonight he looks like a real great player.”
West Ham are one point ahead of Chelsea in a fierce battle for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Leander Dendoncker helped Wolves rise with a header from Adama Traore before the end of the first half.
Substitute Fabio Silva then scored the second 22 minutes before the end.
Everton, meanwhile, missed out on points when Michy Batshuayi’s 86th-minute equalizer saved a point for the Eagles at Goodison Park.
The Toffees had to pay a high price when many missed opportunities after James Rodriguez’s opening goal.