Jesse Lingard reveals what he said in his confrontation with Pedro Neto after West Ham’s 3-2 win against Wolves on Monday night.
The pair had to be pulled apart by their team-mates following the full-time whistle as the Hammers edged out the Midlands outfit to claim all three points to go fourth in the Premier League table.
West Ham raced into a three-goal lead before Leander Dendoncker got one back for the hosts during a thrilling first half, Fabio Silva got a second for Wolves, however the Hammers held on to secure a win that moves them above Chelsea with eight games remaining.
Immediately after Michael Oliver signalled the end of play, with staff giving fist-bumps and the substitutes making their way down the tunnell, Portuguese forward Neto walked over to Lingard before they both squared up to each other.
Players then rushed over to pull duo apart, with Lingard later declaring that the 21-year-old wasn’t impressed when the visitors kept the ball in the corner late on.
The 28-year-old – who is currently on loan from Manchester United – told Sky Sports: “He said ‘why do you play like that?’
“I don’t know what he meant by that.
“Of course I won the game, I think he meant when we kept it in the corner.
“But that’s game management and it’s things like that that we have to learn and keep picking up on.”
Tempers have flared at full-time after West Ham’s 3-2 win over Wolves between Jesse Lingard & Pedro Neto pic.twitter.com/DWlQubdrtn
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Lingard brought his goal tally up to six and three assists since linking up with David Moyes’ side.
The Englishman was delighted after the club moved back inside the top four after getting back to winning ways following the 3-3 draw against Arsenal.
He said: “It was a tough game. We had to work hard. We kept at it. I thought it would be another Arsenal, conceding just before half-time.
“But the lads kept their focus. We come out second half a bit better. It was about managing the game.
“We have tough fixtures but the lads are ready.”
Wolves: Patricio (5), Semedo (6), Coady (6), Saiss (5), Ait Nouri (6), Neves (6), Dendoncker (6), Neto (6), Podence (5), Traore (7), Jose (5).
Subs: Silva (6), Vitinha (6), However (n/a).
West Ham: Fabianski (6), Coufal (7), Dawson (7), Diop (7), Cresswell (7), Noble (7), Masuaku (8), Soucek (7), Fornals (7), Lingard (9), Antonio (8).
Subs: Bowen (8), Johnson (7), Benrahma (6).
Man of the match: Jesse Lingard.
What the managers said
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: “Not a bad game. In possession we started well, but we were very poor in defence. There were players running 30, 40 metres and it takes away from all the good things we did in attack.
“When you don’t have the same players, everything is not the same and it becomes harder. The reaction was good, but we started very bad. Conceding three goals against a top team like West Ham makes it very difficult to reverse the result.”
On injuries: “It has been a test all season long – not only for us but all teams. It is testing us and making us find solutions to finish the season well. But it has been a tough test.”
West Ham boss David Moyes: “For a manager it is torture [game like that]. Scoring three last week and three this, unfortunately conceding a few as well. It was really open. Both teams could have scored more.
“It felt like deja vu. We didn’t manage it too well. We were going to try and make it four instead of settling for 3-0 at half-time. Some of our play in the first half was scintillating. Jesse [Lingard] was fantastic. Michail Antonio played as well as he has for a long while for 30 minutes. We’re not sure on the injury. We will assess it tomorrow. It looks like he’s felt his hamstring.”
On the race for top four: “We have to go and take it on. Why not? I am hearing pundits talking about West Ham having a chance of Champions League. Nobody would have envisaged or mentioned that last season. Can we keep it going? We are going to try and compete with the big teams right until the end.”
Fans reacted as Jesse Lingard reveals what he said in confrontation with Pedro Neto…
@markutd18: proper shit house 😂😂
@TheFornalsWay: This is the little bastard we’ve needed
@sashaamaliik: pedro better watch his fuckin mouth
@the_prosperr: He just jealous of the GOAT
@WHUNath8: Hahahahahaha Jesse Lingshithouse
@RichardAcres_: Lingard bossed them around lmao Neto is just salty
@StPaul197173: Wish we cared that much 1st half
@Noah_WHU: HAHAHAHHAHA get it up ye x
@whorehead12: Should have head butted him lol 😂
@Tom0D: Taste of their own medicine, wolves have don’t plenty of time wasting in their wins
@jamiejaffray2: Why has he become so cocky suddenly. Acting like he’s the next big thing after a purple patch 😂😂😭😭😭
@the_prosperr: Neto wanted the GOAT’s shirt, he said no, Rice already asked for it and Neto started tugging his shirt so he got upset.
@Wilko17: Rich from the team that didnt give the ball back and tried to score after Fab put it out for an injury
@LKWHUFC: And wolves never do it
@dan0991adamz: Neto saying “at least one of us is going to the euros!”
@Maryam_kai28: Yeah because lingard was time wasting and pretending to be injured 🤣 as he should because they deserve that win
@VistaCalista: The corner play was fine. More down to him chucking the ball behind him whilst smirking when Neto placed it directly in his hands, taking his bitter sweet with the throw-in and then booting the ball into the stands on the Wolves throw. He got a yellow tbf but it is shithousery
@Ginger_nols: Awwwww is someone salty
@BenMorris2005: Everyone running over to lingard and Neto at the end reminds me of when the whole school darts across the playground when there’s a fight 😂
@lytimaan: Neto should’ve swung lingard ffs
— 𝘑𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴🇧🇧 (@SznTelles) April 5, 2021