West Ham re-entered the struggle to qualify for the Champions League with a precious 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday at the close of the 27th stage of the English Premier League.
West Ham raised their tally to 45 points in fifth place, just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, but sixth-placed Arsenal (45 points) have three games to spare.
West Ham regained the winning tone after two straight draws against Leicester City (2-2) and Newcastle (1-1) with a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, their second defeat in three days in London, after a dramatic fall to Arsenal 1-2 in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
West Ham players wore the shirt of their Ukrainian teammate Andriy Yarmolenko in sympathy for his country after the Russian invasion three days ago, while the club gave the Ukrainian player a special leave due to the situation in his country.
Wolverhampton Wanderers players held up “no to war” signs on their shirts during the warm-up.
West Ham found it difficult against a team known for their defensive organization but managed to find the gap when Jamaican Michail Antonio passed a ball to Czech Tomas Soucek for the latter to follow inside the net (59).
Wolverhampton threw their weight to achieve a draw, but their attacks were timid and did not pose a real threat to the hosts ‘ goal.