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West Ham hit back at The Sun story on Jesse Lingard

A West Ham media officer hit back at The Sun over a story they published on Jesse Lingard who was taken off the pitch before full time.

West Ham’s Champions League charge played out to a thriller, but it was a result they didn’t want after Newcastle led 2-0 at the break; Craig Dawson was sent off for two bookings.

Then the 10-man Hammers roared back in the second half thanks to Issa Diop and Jesse Lingard; however sub Joe Willock’s late header gave Newcastle all three points.

West Ham United’s head of media has brilliantly trolled The Sun over claims that Lingard is injured, making out that it looked a really concerning one.

Hearts were in mouths when Lingard was seen hobbling off late on with some Hammers fans fearing the worst with the club already nursing injuries to key players.

David Moyes has since told the press after the Premier League fixture that he believed Lingard was just suffering cramp, speaking to whufc.com.

But that didn’t stop The Sun running a report claiming the England international ‘hobbled off injured in a blow to West Ham’s Champions League hopes and England’s Euro plans’.

The inference from The Sun was that Lingard could be out for some time, so in came West Ham United’s head of media who brilliantly trolled the news outlet.

“In other words, it was cramp. #whufc,” Campbell said in response to The Sun’s story on Twitter.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Clark (6), Fernandez (7), Dummett (7), Ritchie (6), Longstaff (7), Shelvey (7), Murphy (7), Almiron (8), Saint-Maximin (8), Joelinton (8).

Subs: Wilson (6), Willock (7), Carroll (n/a).

West Ham: Fabianski (5), Coufal (6), Dawson (4), Ogbonna (6), Diop (6), Johnson (7), Noble (6), Soucek (6), Fornals (6), Lingard (7), Bowen (6).

Subs: Benrahma (n/a), Lanzini (n/a), Fredericks (n/a)

Man of the match: Allan Saint-Maximin.

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness on West Ham:

“It’s been a great season for them.

“After the very first game against Newcastle, which they lost, you are thinking it could be another difficult season for them, but he’s got them together and they play as a team.

“He will look at this game and say three avoidable goals, a man sent off and they were feeling sorry for themselves. But they bounced back in the second half and showed real character.”

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID:

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: “I’ve always said this job comes with a government health warning. I couldn’t have been more pleased at half-time when we played the way we did. We were arguably better against 11 than we were 10, and how often do you see that.

“The situation, the human nature is to defend what you’ve got and go deep, and we were wasteful just after half time. We had two or three opportunities and were wasteful and that gave West Ham the opportunity, and to be fair to them, they’ve got themselves back in the game and made it one of those awful afternoons.

“But thankfully we’ve redeemed ourselves. It was difficult but I’m relieved.”

West Ham boss David Moyes: “I thought the players showed great character. They came from 2-0 down with 10 men and got right back into the game. There are a lot of good things from it.

“Obviously, we gave away a couple of really poor goals in the first half, then the sending off adds to it as well, but we kept at it and we didn’t change.

“We altered things a little bit at half time, but I thought the players put up a great effort, I really did.

“There’s no drama. We’re not getting too down about it. We’ve had a couple of really good results, we’re doing ok. We think that’s probably a chance lost to pick up some points, but it is very hard with 10 men.

“I thought the players did a great job to get back into it. Probably the disappointment is that when we got to 2-2, we couldn’t see that last little bit out.

On if this was a missed opportunity: “There’s no frustration whatsoever. The players are doing brilliant, we’re at it, we came, and we put on a good performance. We didn’t get the result we wanted but overall, the players are doing a good job.

“We’re without a few injured players and we’ve put on another decent show. We want to keep trying to score goals, but we need to stop conceding them as well.”

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West Ham and their fans hit back at The Sun story on Jesse Lingard, see what they had to say after seeing the tweet below…

@Jaketheteacher: How the fuck do you get away with printing nothing but shit every single day?

@h_gazz: So he had cramp? more Bollocks from The s*n as always!

@ted_lipowicz: It was a cramp, dude. Don’t make this sound worse than it is.

@JeffRadcliffe: The Sun in printing shit scandal, who would have thought it 😀😀

@_ghzst: He had a cramp you weirdos

@RobPritchard78: Don’t let the truth get in the way of a clickbait headline

@westhamfantv: @WestHam media officer shutting down this rags clickbait is exactly what I need to see on my timeline on a sunday morning…..

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