| West Ham sink Blades to bolster Euro screech

West Ham boosted their unexpected screech to qualify for the Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 victory against lowly Sheffield United on Monday.

David Moyes’ facet made six wins from their closing eight Premier League games as they swept apart the bottom of the table Blades on the London Stadium.

An injury to Michail Antonio meant West Ham had to open with out a recognised striker.

But with on-loan Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard providing the attacking probability as objectives from Declan Rice, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks moved the Hammers into fourth space.

Chelsea would trek above West Ham within the occasion that they beat Newcastle later on Monday, but no topic that consequence, Moyes has completed a outstanding job to haul his crew into European opponents.

Moyes had closing week bemoaned the fact his facet were the solely crew within the Premier League to possess no longer been awarded a penalty this season.

His prayers were nearly answered after solely 5 minutes when Craig Dawson, following up Rice’s free-kick, was once pushed over within the distance by Enda Stephens.

Referee Simon Hooper awarded the distance-kick but VAR dominated that Dawson was once offside when Rice struck his preliminary shot.

Moyes must not must wait lengthy for his penalty hoodoo to return to an pause, alternatively.

Lingard, abet within the crew after sitting out at Manchester United within the FA Cup under the terms of his loan deal, was once getting a style of joy within the interior-left space and twice forced appropriate saves from Aaron Ramsdale.

And 5 minutes sooner than half of-time the England winger dispossessed Oliver Norwood, raced upfield and exchanged passes with Jarrod Bowen sooner than he was once wiped out within the distance by an ungainly distress from Chris Basham.

Lingard desired to make a decision the penalty but captain Rice pulled atrocious sooner than tucking away his first goal of the season, and the most important space-kick of his occupation.

David McGoldrick must possess hauled the Blades level with a discontinuance-vary header, but his stale effort was once saved out by a combination of Ben Johnson’s abet and Lukasz Fabianski’s hand.

The miss proved costly moments later when Hammers defender Diop was once left unmarked to head in Aaron Cresswell’s nook.

It was once the eighth time that West Ham possess scored from a nook this season, extra than every other crew.

To earn issues worse for the traffic, defender John Egan left the discipline on a stretcher sooner than Hammers substitute Fredericks drilled house in stoppage-time.

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