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Wolves ease past West Ham to move fifth

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Report and highlights as goals from Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone earn Wolves victory

Last Updated: 04/12/19 9:37pm

2:56 FREE TO WATCH: Match highlights as Wolves beat West Ham in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Match highlights as Wolves beat West Ham in the Premier League

Wolves produced a dominant performance to beat West Ham 2-0 at Molineux and move up to fifth in the Premier League table.

Leander Dendoncker's goal gave the home side the lead midway through the first half and substitute Patrick Cutrone put the seal on the victory with a late second.

Wolves: Patricio (7); Dendoncker (7), Coady (7), Saiss (7); Doherty (7), Neves (7), Moutinho (8), Jonny (7); Traore (8), Jimenez (7), Jota (7).

Subs: Neto (7), Cutrone (7), Bennett (N/A)

West Ham: Martin (6); Fredericks (6), Balbuena (6), Ogbonna (6), Cresswell (6); Rice (5), Noble (6); Snodgrass (6), Fornals (7), Anderson (6); Haller (5).

Subs: Yarmolenko (6), Holland (6), Ajeti (6)

Man of the Match: Joao Moutinho

That put a fairer reflection on the difference between the teams, extending Wolves' unbeaten run in the competition to 10 games.

West Ham had some promising moments but, after their impressive win at Chelsea on Saturday, this was a return to the worrying form that has been a feature of their season.

How Wolves won it...

On a chilly evening in Wolverhampton, it was Wolves who looked the more threatening from the outset with Adama Traore providing a real outlet down the right wing.

But the opening goal came from the left with Joao Moutinho curling a corner kick into the box and Dendoncker (23) stabbing the ball beyond West Ham goalkeeper David Martin.

Wolves made one change from the team that drew with Sheffield United on Sunday, recalling Romain Saiss who missed that game through suspension. Young defender Max Kilman made way.

West Ham’s change was enforced with Michail Antonio not making the squad and he was replaced by Sebastien Haller, who came on for during the second half of the win at Chelsea on Saturday.

Rui Patricio had to be at his best to keep Wolves ahead soon after, pulling off a dramatic save to deny Pablo Fornals, whose curled effort had looked destined for the top corner.

After the interval, the game opened up with Raul Jimenez, Jonny and Romain Saiss all going close to doubling the lead, while Robert Snodgrass might have done better at the other end.

But it was left to Cutrone (86) to take advantage of another good run by Jonny and collect the pass from fellow substitute Pedro Neto before finding the bottom corner of the net.

What's next?

Wolves travel to Brighton for Super Sunday in the hope of extending their unbeaten run to 11 games. Meanwhile, West Ham host Arsenal on Monday Night Football.

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