Wolverhampton Wanderers have continued their pursuit of a top four finish thanks to a hard fought Premier League win at West Ham United.
Second half goals from Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto did the damage for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side as they resumed the season in style at the London Stadium.
West Ham paid tribute to lifelong supporter Dame Vera Lynn before kickoff – the wartime singer sadly passing away earlier this week aged 103.
Despite Wolves having more of the ball in the first half, it was the Hammers who created the better goal scoring chances.
Pablo Fornals wasted a golden opportunity on 14 minutes before Thomas Soucek, whose loan from Slavia Prague was extended ahead of the restart, forced a fine stop from Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
However, West Ham’s first half positivity wasn’t translated into goals, with Wolves overpowering the hosts after the break.
Wanderers boss Santo threw on Adama Traore in a bid to tip the scales, and the substitute made his mark to tee up the opening goal.
The former Barcelona man sped past his marker and whipped a pinpoint cross into the box for Raul Jimenez to head home his 14th goal of the season.
Traore’s assist takes him to 8 for the season, a marked improvement on last seasons single contribution, and his involvement in the action didn’t stop there.
With 5 minutes left on the clock, the winger was right at the heart of the action once again, as Wolves doubled their advantage.
The Spaniard’s pass found Matt Doherty in space on the right, and the Irishman’s cross into the box was crashed home spectacularly by Neto – a thunderous volley which left West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski with no chance.
Full time: West Ham United 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers