West Ham continued its unlikely drive for next season’s Champions League spot with a deserved Premier League win against Leeds United at the London Stadium

David Moyes’ side climbed to fifth place – two points behind Chelsea, who beat Everton 2-0 on Monday – and have a game against their London rivals

Jesse Lingard brought West Ham to life when his threatening run into the box caused a foul by Luke Ayling. Lingard, on loan from Manchester United, converted the rebound after Illan Meslier saved his free kick

Leeds had found the net twice in a blistering opening spell, but Tyler Roberts’ finish was disqualified for offside against Helder Costa and Raphinha dropped the ball before crossing to Patrick Bamford

But before the break there were two fewer goals when the unmarked Craig Dawson headed in Aaron Cresswell’s corner

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds came close to reacting five minutes after the restart when Raphinha’s sensational overhead attempt was flipped by Lukasz Fabianski while Bamford was overcome by Raphinha’s cut and Dawson cleared off the line when Leeds chased a late lifeline

Pablo Fornals hit the crossbar with a shot in the second half, but the Hammers ultimately held onto the back to find the three points

Moyes said on Sunday that he would not sell England midfielder Declan Rice for £ 100m, which is supposed to be the club’s worth

That game was the latest reminder of why Moyes wanted to fend off potential applicants, as Rice, alongside the equally reliable Tomas Soucek, was the antidote to Leeds’ relentless pushing, especially in a second half that dominated the crowd for long periods of time

In Rice and Soucek this summer for £ 19million, former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes has a midfield combo he can trust to help West Ham’s attacking players thrive

Such solid foundations make Lingard shine. This was his fourth goal in six league games since joining in January – as many as he had in his previous 38 when competing for United

On loan from Watford, Dawson continues to prove as smart as any other signature, making this his 11th straight league start in the heart of West Ham’s defense and his fourth goal in all competitions this season
Involved at both ends on Monday, he hit a post with another header before the break, somehow preventing Rodrigo’s shot from crawling over the line in the closing stages

A European place in some form would be a significant step forward for a West Ham side that ended up just five points from the relegation zone last season with 11 games, a place in the Champions League remains a real possibility

A first season in the Premier League after 16 years of absence has been primarily safety for Leeds, and that goal seems almost guaranteed with a nine-point pillow separating Bielsa’s side from the bottom three

There’s no denying that Bielsa’s all-or-nothing approach has paid off Leeds are in eleventh place fighting for a top half finish.They have only drawn two league games this season and none of their last 18

With the support of a nine-day break since their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, Leeds played in a typically relentless style and on another occasion the result could have been different

They greeted injured midfielder Kalvin Phillips from injury, dominated possession and had 15 attempts to score in the second half, but a bad finish resulted in a fourth loss in five league games

Striker Bamford was just as guilty as any waste with five shots and was visibly frustrated when he didn’t even find the target of Raphinha’s cut

That Rodrigo’s shot at close range didn’t get over the line before Dawson realized it suggested it simply wasn’t Leeds’ night

Leeds will host Chelsea on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. GMT while West Ham will head to Old Trafford on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. to face Manchester United

Attempt blocked Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michail Antonio

Attempt missed Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box but misses to the right

Attempt saved Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed attempt from outside the box, saved by the goalkeeper in the lower left

Attempt missed Rodrigo (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box, but the ball goes up and wide to the left. Assisted by Patrick Bamford

Attempt missed Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from the center of the box goes too high. Assisted by Raphinha

Attempt missed Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the center of the box, but the ball passes to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison

Attempt missed Declan Rice (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box goes past to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard after a set piece

Attempt missed Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box but misses to the left

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