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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham

Premier League    2019-20Match review
Molineux   31,217
25David Martin    
24Ryan Fredericks    
4Fabien Balbuena    
21Angelo Ogbonna    
3Aaron Cresswell   
11Robert Snodgrass    
16Mark Noble    
41Declan Rice   
18Pablo Fornals    
8Felipe Anderson    
22Sebastien Haller    
7Andriy YarmolenkoSubed #11   
37Nathan HollandSubed #16   
27Albian AjetiSubed #22   
 PosTable as at 04 Dec 2019PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2Leicester City1571018441217535
3Manchester City15511216512221132
5Wolverhampton Wanderers1534112102419723
6Manchester United1543115813381021
7Crystal Palace153236731381121
8Tottenham Hotspur15421147134111620
9Sheffield United14313971608619
12AFC Bournemouth152329921591216
13West Ham United15214101423371116
14Newcastle United142417620561616
15Aston Villa15322107116121715
16Brighton and Hove Albion1432210811561315
19Norwich City15214121811641411
match review copied from www.theguardian.com

Wolves up to fifth after Cutrone and Dendoncker sink West Ham
Peter Lansley at Molineux
Date Published Wed 4 Dec 2019 21.36 GMT

The last time Wolves went 10 top-flight games unbeaten, early in 1972, they went on to reach the final of the Uefa Cup and finish ninth in the league. Emulating that campaign remains a possibility but, for now, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men can enjoy the more immediate reward of their first day off in three weeks.

Goals from Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone allowed this resilient Wolves team to see off the challenge of West Ham and return to fifth place in the Premier League, so persuading their head coach to give them a rare rest in this month of eight games.

After their 28th game of a season in which they have reached the knockout stages of the Europa League with a game to spare, Nuno said rest and recuperation were among the factors behind their remarkable run. “It is hard work,” he said. “The way they prepare themselves to compete, the way they rest, and their ambitions to improve.

“Tomorrow, because they’ve gone 21 days without a day off, I’m giving that to the boys because they deserve it but they know that the main point of the day off is to rest, to recover because we have to go again and again and again. It’s a very long season and I’m very happy … because we decided to be this way, [with a] small squad and everybody helping each other.”

After their laudable victory at Chelsea, West Ham were allowed to dominate possession at times but in the absence of Michail Antonio, not risked after a recent hamstring injury, they failed to find the penetration or the urgency to trouble the Wolves defence unduly.

West Ham started the brighter at Molineux where a rambunctious atmosphere was tribute to Wolves’ ambitions these days. From João Moutinho’s corner into the six-yard area midway through the first half, Dendoncker got ahead of his marker to stab the ball into the bottom corner of the net for his first league goal of the season.

“The big mistake for me was we conceded again from set pieces,” Manuel Pellegrini said. “It was a very close game but we have lost eight to ten goals from set pieces this season. We’ll see what we must do but that goal allowed Wolverhampton to manage the pace of the game.”

West Ham actually went close to equalising soon after the opener, Rui Patrício stretching to the maximum to turn aside a superb 18-yard shot from Pablo Fornals.

West Ham’s 4-2-3-1 formation gave them plenty of scope to find spaces behind Wolves’ midfield pairing but on the counterattack the home side continue to look so potent. Adama Traoré frequently got in down the right wing while Diogo Jota continued to drive into the penalty area to come close to regaining his scoring touch.

Jonny Otto was clean through on goal as he stretched to reach a right-wing cross from Raúl Jiménez, who had been sent away by Rúben Neves behind West Ham’s high back line. But David Martin saved his effort bravely and the visitors soon had their best chance of the night.

Felipe Anderson dispatched a sumptuous crossfield pass to coincide with the run from deep of Robert Snodgrass who had so much time he controlled the ball twice in between looking up at Patrício. Unfortunately his second touch was poor and the Wolves goalkeeper saved. Snodgrass, needing treatment, was promptly substituted.

Insult was added to injury four minutes from time when Cutrone dispatched a neat shot into the bottom corner after Jonny had fed Neto to tee up his fellow substitute. It allowed Wolves to breathe and prepare for the luxury of a day off.

Wolves (3-4-3): Patricio 7; Dendoncker 7, Coady 6, Saiss 6; Doherty 6.5, Neves 6.5, Moutinho 7, Jonny 6; Traore 7.5 (Bennett 89'), Jimenez 7 (Cutrone 84'), Jota 6 (Pedro Neto 72' 6)
Subs not used: Ruddy, Ruben Vinagre, Kilman, Ashley-Seal
Goals: Dendoncker (23'), Cutrone (86')
Booked: Jota
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
West Ham (4-4-1-1): Martin 7; Fredericks 5, Balbuena 6, Ogbonna 6.5, Cresswell 6; Snodgrass 5.5 (Yarmolenko 62' 6), Noble 5.5 (Holland 71' 6), Rice 6.5, Fornals 6; Felipe Anderson 5; Haller 5 (Ajeti 80')
Subs not used: Zabaleta, Roberto, Sanchez, Masuaku
Booked: Rice, Cresswell
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Referee: Andre Marriner 7
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