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Birthday boy Soucek strikes to boost Hammers’ top four hopes, blows away visitors’ European dreams

WEST HAM is back in fifth place in the table after beating top four contenders team Wolves 1-0 at the London Stadium.

Tomas Soucek scored the only goal of the game when the midfielder broke the deadlock in the 59th minute on his 27th birthday.

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek broke the deadlock at the London Stadium in the 59th minute

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West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek broke the deadlock at the London Stadium in the 59th minuteCredit: Reuters
Soucek celebrates with teammates after scoring against Wolves on his 27th birthday

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Soucek celebrates with teammates after scoring against Wolves on his 27th birthdayCredit: Reuters

The Czech Republic international went home from close range after being saved by Michail Antonio.

Wolves tried to find the equalizer but failed to return to the level to help West Ham get their first win in three games.

They are now far ahead of Arsenal when ranked above the Gunners in goal difference, although their London rivals still have 3 matches in hand.

As for Bruno Lage’s men, they now risk missing out on Europe together.

The Midlands outfit remain in eighth place after losing their last two matches – both coming in the capital.

More to follow…

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West Ham fans show their support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the countryCredit: Alamy
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David Moyes’ side are back in fifth place in the Premier League table after consecutive drawsCredit: AFP
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Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan turned down a crucial opportunity early in the second halfCredit: Reuters
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Hammers winger Jarrod Bowen proved to be a living figure for the home side throughout the gameCredit: Rex
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Bruno Lage’s army is still in eighth place after two consecutive defeats in LondonCredit: PA

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