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Wolves 2-0 West Ham: Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone heap pressure back on Manuel Pellegrini

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Wolves 2-0 West Ham: Leander Dendoncker's first-half goal and Patrick Cutrone's late strike heaps pressure back on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini as hosts rise to fifth in Premier League tableLeander Dendoncker's put Wolves, who climb to fifth, in front in a cagey first halfBoth sides opened up in the second half and missed chances they createdBut substitute Patrick Cutrone then sealed the game with a calm finish Wolves' win heaps the pressure back on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini 

Wolves equalled their best run in the top flight since 1972 as defender Leander Dendoncker became the first player in two matches to beat West Ham’s stand-in goalkeeper David Martin.

Dendoncker capitalised on slack Hammers marking at a corner midway through the first half to make it 10 games unbeaten for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side who moved up to fifth as a result.

Substitute Patrick Cutrone wrapped up the points late on and the winning margin would have been greater without 33-year-old Martin, who made his Premier League debut on Saturday in a shock 1-0 victory at Chelsea.

Wolves have risen to fifth in the table once again after recording a victory against West Ham

Defeat leaves Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini looking nervously over his shoulder at the bottom three.

Wolves fans cruelly chanted “You’re getting sacked in the morning” and he showed what he thought of his senior players by sending on rookies Nathan Holland and Arlin Ajeti for their debuts as he chased an equaliser at 1-0 down.

Ironically, West Ham had enjoyed a bright opening as they tried to build on their unexpected but welcome victory at Stamford Bridge.

The game began as a cagey affair with neither side able to create anything significant

But the hosts did take the lead halfway through the first half with Leander Dendoncker's goal

The Belgian defender stabbed home Joao Moutinho's corner via an Aaron Cresswell deflection

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE

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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Pellegrini, whose only change saw Michail Antonio stepped down to rest his hamstring, would have initially been delighted with the way his knocked the ball about in the finest Hammers tradition.

However, it didn’t take long for their old defensive failings to return despite having 33-year-old Martin in goal again after his tearful heroics at the weekend.

Neither side managed a shot on target in the opening 20 minutes but then a brief spell of Wolves pressure saw Martin forced to flick over a speculative attempt by Raul Jimenez that threatened to spin underneath the crossbar.

It put pressure back on Manuel Pellegrini after it eased following West Ham's win at Chelsea

Dendoncker could have had another in the second half but headed over when unmarked

West Ham also had goalkeeper David Martin to thank for keeping the scoreline down

One Wolves corner led to a second, and a goal. West Ham had enough defenders back as Joao Moutinho’s launched an inswinger towards the penalty spot but Ryan Fredericks allowed Dendoncker the simple task of poking the ball over the line from six yards.

It was the Belgian’s first Premier League goal since he turned his loan from Anderlecht into a permanent move last summer.

To West Ham’s credit, they rallied well after falling behind. Pablo Fornals tested Portugal No1 Rui Patricio with a dig from the edge of the box that was tipped away at full length.

Martin did well to stop Jonny Otto adding another as Wolves searched for a second goal

Against the run of play Robert Snodgrass had a great chance to equalise but fluffed his lines

The chance was Snodgrass' last action before he was replaced by Andriy Yarmolenko

At the other end, Martin would have been pleased to dive rightwards and parry a strong shot by Diogo Jota.

Wolves were already playing their 28th game of the season due to a long Europa League campaign.

Not surprisingly, some of their players looked a little leggy, but it didn’t apply to winger Adama Traore, arguably the quickest player in the Premier League.

Romain Saiss came close on two occasions to extending the hosts' lead

The Spaniard turned on the after-burners to reach penalty area in the 52nd minute and there were unsuccessful home appeals for a penalty when Angelo Ogbonna’s challenge left him on the floor.

The visitors were again indebted to Martin as he rushed out bravely to smother Jonny’s shot from close range after the wing-back had been picked out by Jimenez. Roman Saiss was then a whisker away with a header as the visitors again failed to defend a corner properly.

With West Ham perilously close to the bottom three, Pellegrini’s job is by no means safe and they have a big London derby against Arsenal next.

But Patrick Cutrone did seal the win after slotting past Martin coolly from a swift break

Their big chance for an equaliser arrived after an hour but Robert Snodgrass took a poor touch as he ran onto Fornals’ pass and allowed Rui Patricio to narrow the angle. It proved the Scot’s last action as he was immediately hooked for Andriy Yarmolenko.

Pellegrini sent on 21-year-old Nathan Holland for his Premier League debut with skipper Mark Noble making way. But Martin was still the busier goalkeeper and got down low to beat away a fierce drive by Jimenez from just inside the penalty area.

Wolves deservedly wrapped up the points late on when substitute Patrick Cutrone shot home from the edge of the box only two minutes after replacing Raul Jimenez.

Cutrone's strike therefore ensured the pressure returned back onto Pellegrini's shoulders


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