West Ham leapfrog Liverpool after seeing off basement boys Sheff Utd

West Ham jumped above Liverpool in the Premier League table after goals from Declan Rice, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks gave them a 3-0 win over bottom club Sheffield United at the London Stadium.

Rice gave the Hammers the lead from the penalty spot just before half-time, before Diop flicked home a header from a corner in the second period.

Substitute Ryan Fredericks notched in the final minute on stoppage time, after being played in by Said Benrahma, to put the icing on the cake.

West Ham lined up against the Blades without a recognised striker after Michail Antonio was ruled out again through injury.

Jesse Lingard returned to the starting line-up after missing the FA Cup defeat at parent club Manchester United.

Enda Stevens and Ben Osborn returned for the Blades, with John Fleck missing out through illness.

West Ham, who had an early penalty ruled out by VAR, took the lead from the spot five minutes before half-time.

Jesse Lingard was brought down by Chris Basham and Rice converted the penalty.

The Hammers doubled their advantage in the 58th minute through Diop.

The towering centre-half outmuscled Ethan Ampadu to flick home a header from Aaron Cresswell’s corner towards the far corner of the net.

The home side squandred numerous chances to add to their lead, while the Blades suffered a blow late on when centre-back John Egan was stretchered off.

However, there was some late drama when Fredericks drilled home from 12 yards after good work by Benrahma.

Full report to follow…


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