Jesse Lingard scored twice as West Ham beat Leicester City 3-2, climbing back into fourth spot in the Premier League.

Lingard, took his tally for the Hammers to eight goals with two strikes before half-time since joining on loan from Manchester United.

Jarrod Bowen added a third after the restart before Kelechi Iheanacho pulled two back for the visitors but despite his best efforts, he couldn’t prevent Leicester from falling to back-to-back defeats.

Manager David Moyes paced the touchline frantically but West Ham survived six added minutes to maintain their quest for an unlikely top-four spot. They moved back above Liverpool and Chelsea with 55 points from 31 games, one point behind Leicester who suffered a second successive league defeat.

“We almost made a mess of it at the end. It has been like that for three games,” Lingard said after the game. “We are still learning.

“It is great. We are in something to fight for. Games are like cup finals. We grind out the wins and take the points home. The lads battle on. There is a big belief in the team.”

Kelechi Iheanacho set up a tense finale with two goals in the final 20 minutes.

First the Nigerian finished on the turn after being set up by Ricardo Pereira before he fired in from close range in stoppage time.

West Ham held on to return to fourth place on 55 points, a point and a position behind Leicester.

West Ham 3-2 Leicester City: Jesse Lingard goals puts West Ham back in top four


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