Ever since moving to West Ham United on loan from Manchester United, Jesse Lingard has been on fire in front of the goal. The attacking English midfielder was at it again, scoring twice in West Ham’s 3-2 victory over Leicester City on Sunday. The pivotal victory over their fellow Champions League hopefuls helps the hosts hold on to their fourth place. The Hammers are now only a point behind Brendan Rodger’s Leicester side in the Premier League points table.
With Chelsea and Liverpool winning their respective matches on Saturday, both West Ham and Leicester were in a desperate need of three points. It was David Moyes’ boys who started the brighter of the two. Right-back Vladimir Coufal cut the ball back for Lingard to open the scoring for the Hammers from the edge of the box.
Things got better for the home side when Jarrod Bowen latched on to an Issa Diop’s long ball and squared it off for Lingard to tap into an empty net. It was the Englishman’s eighth goal in nine Premier League games after arriving on loan from Manchester United.
The home side started the second half the way they finished the first. Jarrod Bowen turned from goal provider to goal scorer. He scored from a Tomas Soucek’s pass to make it 3-0 for West Ham.
Just when the points appeared to be in West Ham’s bag, Leicester staged a spirited comeback. Kelechi Iheanacho pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time for Leicester. With a glimmer of hope, the visitors threw bodies forward to snatch a second.
Iheanacho delivered again, scoring his 11th goal in 11 games to make it 3-2 in injury time. But the home side saw off the final few nervy minutes to bag the three points. West Ham now have 55 points from 31 games, while Leicester have 56 points from the same number of matches.