Gianluca Scamacca’s first Premier League goal set West Ham on their way to a comfortable victory over fellow early-season strugglers Wolves.
The Italy forward, making only his second start in the English top flight following his £30.5m arrival from Sassuolo, opened the scoring with a superb half-volley into the top right corner.
It delivered the Hammers’ first goal prior to half-time this term and laid the platform for a valuable win that moves David Moyes’ side out of the bottom three and up to 15th in the table.
Prior to Scamacca’s moment of inspiration there had been few moments of attacking flair on display from either side who initially lived up to their billing as the joint-lowest scorers in the division.
Wolves, who lost Pedro Neto to a first-half injury went further behind when Jarrod Bowen drove a low effort past Jose Sa after the ball looped into his path.
The visitor’s best opportunity fell to substitute Diego Costa, but the former Chelsea forward headed just wide from a teasing Adama Traore cross.
Costa, featuring in his first competitive game since December 2021 and a first in English football since 21 May 2017, appeared relatively sharp given his long period of inaction and looked to have supplied an assist for Daniel Podence’s tap-in before being judged to have run marginally offside.
Disappointingly for the visiting supporters that was the best their team could muster with Wolves slipping down the table to 18th.
More to follow.
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