West Ham 1 Wolves 0: Birthday boy Soucek strikes to boost Hammers’ top four hopes in blow to visitors’ Europe dreams

West Ham 1 Wolves 0: Birthday boy Soucek strikes to boost Hammers’ top four hopes in blow to visitors’ Europe dreams

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,27TH FEB,2022-BIRTHDAY BOY Tomas Soucek earned his slice of cake after KO’ing Wolves.

Whether it will see West Ham finally get a share of the Champions League pie they so desperately crave come May is anyone’s guess right now.

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 celebrated with his team-mates after scoring against Wolves on his 27th birthday

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Soucek celebrated with his team-mates after scoring against Wolves on his 27th birthdayCredit: Reuters

The Hammers claimed just their second win in six Premier League games to go within two points of Manchester United in fourth.

But with Arsenal and Tottenham both having games in hand below them, their longevity around the top four is as up in the air as one of Soucek’s birthday balloons.

The Czech Republic midfielder’s toe poke in the 59th minute won his side all three points.

And after turning 27, his hopes of playing in Europe’s elite competition with West Ham before he is 28 are still alive – for now.

Bruno Lage’s Wolves may also have a game to spare, but their faint hopes of the Champions League are surely over now.

Two recent losses to Arsenal and a limp display at the London Stadium surely puts a final nail in that particular coffin.

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