West Ham moved to within two points of the Premier League’s top four as Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson secured a comfortable 2-0 win over a wasteful Leeds side.

After a shaky start from David Moyes’ team, Lingard opened the scoring after he was brought down clumsily by Luke Ayling in the area. Ilan Meslier saved his resulting spot-kick, but he was on hand to convert the rebound.

Leeds seemed to crumble after the opener and were two down seven minutes later. Some really weak defending from a set piece allowed Aaron Cresswell to pick out Dawson in the area, and the big centre-back headed in his fourth of the season.

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 8, 2021

Marcelo Bielsa’s team rallied in the second half but just couldn’t get the ball over the line. Patrick Bamford was lively but couldn’t hit the target, and when Raphinha was denied by a dramatic goal-line clearance from Dawson late on, Leeds seemed to concede that it just wasn’t their day.

Let’s get into some player ratings!

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

4 – No Premier League defender has scored more goals in all competitions this season than West Ham’s Craig Dawson (4 – level with Michael Keane, Kurt Zouma & John Stones). Noggin. #WHULEE pic.twitter.com/mHCojy97fD

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2021

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 8, 2021

3. Forwards

Oh, Pablo Fornals! What a goal that would have been.

He hits it from about 30 yards out on the half-volley. But the shot strikes the crossbar. The woodwork gets in our way again.#WHULEE 2-0 (54) pic.twitter.com/FpZyzauB5W

— West Ham United (@WestHam) March 8, 2021

— West Ham United (@WestHam) March 8, 2021

LEEDS

? Illan Meslier is 1 of only 8 goalkeepers aged 21 or younger to start 25+ games in a PL season – having missed only 1 game, he could go on to better Scott Carson’s 36 apps for Charlton in 06-07 pic.twitter.com/XuzK9hf9fL

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 8, 2021

6. Midfielders

? One change for #LUFC tonight as Kalvin Phillips returns to the Starting XI in place of Pascal Struijk

— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 8, 2021

— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) March 8, 2021

8. Substitutes

? Rodrigo replaces Roberts. 2-0 pic.twitter.com/GtM44laPGv

— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 8, 2021

West Ham 2-0 Leeds: Player ratings as Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson secure comfortable Hammers win
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