West Ham star Jesse Lingard has played down his altercation with Pedro Neto after the two came together in a heated argument after the Hammers beat Wolves 3-2 on Monday night. Lingard has proven to be a huge hit at the London Stadium since joining on loan from Manchester United in January and he was at his best yet again against Wolves.
The England international opened the scoring for the visitors early on and also provided an assist for Jarrod Bowen as West Ham raced to a 3-0 lead.
Leander Dendoncker scored just before the break to give Wolves a glimmer of hope before Fabio Silva brought the home side within one midway through the second half.
It set up a tense finish at Molineux but West Ham were able to hold on for all three points.
But West Ham’s celebrations were interrupted at full time when Neto confronted Lingard.
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The United loanee was asked about the incident by Sky Sports after the game.
Lingard said: “He said, ‘why do I play like that?’, but I don’t know what he meant by that.
“Of course we won the game, I think he meant when we kept it in the corner, but it’s game management.
“There’s things like that we have to learn and keep picking up one.”
West Ham now sit one point above Chelsea in the final Champions League spot with eight games remaining.
They face tough matches against Leicester and Chelsea in the next few weeks which could determine whether they manage to hold on a top-four spot.
But Lingard believes David Moyes’ side have what it takes to maintain their form.
Asked if they can stay there, Lingard added: “It’s about maintaining and keeping a focus in each game we’ve got.
“We’ve got a tough run of fixtures but the lads are ready and we just prepare for the next game.”
And Moyes has challenged his side to upset the odds by finishing in the Champions League places.
“We have to go and take it on. Why not? I am hearing pundits talking about West Ham having a chance of Champions League.
“Nobody would have envisaged or mentioned that last season.
“Can we keep it going? We are going to try and compete with the big teams right until the end.”
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