Jesse Lingard stole the present with an exquisite efficiency throughout West Ham’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Wolves because the Hammers climbed into the highest 4.
The Hammers ahead, on mortgage from Manchester United, scored a contender for objective of the season earlier than magical items of talent helped create two extra objectives for the guests – transformed by Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen.
However regardless of main by three inside 38 minutes, an exhilarating sport crammed with spectacular objectives was removed from over.
Lingard ran from his personal half to attain the opener, however Adama Traore’s run to arrange Leander Dendonker simply earlier than half-time was much more particular.
And when half-time substitute Fabio Silva transformed an exquisite move from Pedro Neto to arrange a grand stand end, Neville was left feeling relatively red-faced within the Sky Sports activities studio.
Talking earlier than the match, the Man United legend had predicted a sport that may be ‘troublesome to look at’.
“I think about it’ll be fairly cagey and tight. I have a look at this sport tonight and assume it might be troublesome to look at at instances,” Neville stated. “Nonetheless, I want to assume the sport will shock us.”
It definitely did, beginning as early because the sixth minute when Lingard scored his sixth objective in eight appearances for the Hammers to proceed his spectacular return to type.
Michail Antonio dragged a few defenders away and Lingard shifted the ball onto his left foot, a mixture which despatched your entire Wanderers defence within the improper route.
His dazzling run nonetheless left loads to do – and Lingard got here up with a end to match, dinking the ball over Rui Patricio along with his weaker foot.
The West Ham ahead then channelled his interior Dimitar Berbatov by recreating that iconic spin on the touchline towards Blackburn, serving to to set one up for Fornals.
And he wasn’t achieved but. Lingard left Wolves chasing shadows with one other piercing run earlier than slipping in Bowen to make it three.
Meaning no different participant has been concerned in additional Premier League objectives than Lingard for the reason that begin of February, with the Man United loanee degree with Harry Kane on 9 objectives or assists.
Wolves woke from their slumber simply earlier than half-time, however there was no seizing the event from Lingard – and no stopping West Ham from climbing into the highest 4 above Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.