West Ham edged out a crucial match against a European competitor in a must win game which we simply had to win.

It was an impressive performance on the back of what has been a rather below par spell for David Moyes’ side, with West Ham ultimately the better side throughout.

Wolves though were no pushovers, with the early exchanges showing an even contest however our Hammers seemed to be in a more clinical and decisive mood than of late.

The once again outstanding Declan Rice went agonisingly close when his 20 yard strike smashed the post with West Ham pushing for an opener.

Half time arrived with the tie at a stalemate but it was felt that the visitors were fortunate of that midway score line.

West Ham started the second as we finished the first, with a commanding display against a well drilled Wolves side, a display that was worthy of a goal.

With just under an hour played, it arrived finally, with Tomas Soucek prodding home to send East London wild to celebrate what was the decisive moment of the match.

Wolves threatened though and made the final stages of the match nervy, as West Ham fought hard to cling on to and claim a vital three points.

A statement victory that will do the confidence in the camp a welcome boost, with a daunting trip to Liverpool next up in the league.