West Ham United keep their Champions League dreams alive with a 2-0 over Leeds United

West Ham keep up Champions League place pressure as they defeat wasteful Leeds United

Jesse Lingard helped West Ham United keep the pressure on Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification, but it might be a while before the on-loan winger is allowed to take another penalty for the club.

Lingard netted his team’s first goal in this success, but may have earned himself and Declan Rice a ticking off from manager David Moyes after taking over penalty responsibilities from the Hammers captain.

Rice had taken the ball off Lingard to score West Ham’s last penalty against Sheffield United, but this time he allowed Lingard to keep it and the 28-year-old almost wasted the opportunity.

Lingard’s spot-kick was saved, but he scored the rebound and heroics at both ends from Craig Dawson sealed three points that moved West Ham into fifth place, two points behind Chelsea with a game in hand.

Dawson not only scored with a header, but produced a brilliant late clearance off his own line to kill off any chance of a Leeds fightback.

David Moyes is definitely in the manager of the season award as he has pushed the Hammers to be the best London based team…

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