West Ham beat Sheff Utd to go fourth

Issa Diop of West Ham celebrates with teammates (L-R) Jarrod Bowen, Jesse Lingard, Tomas Soucek, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice and Ben Johnson after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Sheffield United at London Stadium on February 15, 2021 in London, England.

Declan Rice's well-executed penalty and Issa Diop's header helped lift West Ham into fourth place as Sheffield United's Premier League survival hopes suffered a significant setback.

Chris Basham's lunge on Jesse Lingard helped gift the Hammers, who climb above Liverpool and Chelsea, a sixth win in 10 top-flight matches.

Rice made no mistake from the spot before Diop, who was forced off with a head injury in his previous game, doubled the lead from Aaron Cresswell's corner.

Substitute Ryan Fredericks added a third deep into stoppage time.

Sheffield United, 14 points from safety with 14 games left, went close to equalising at 1-0 when Lukasz Fabianski produced an outstanding save to keep out David McGoldrick's deflected header.

West Ham had been awarded an early penalty when Craig Dawson was fouled by Enda Stevens and referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot, but after a VAR consultation the decision was overturned.

Chelsea will move back above West Ham if they beat Newcastle in the 20:00 GMT kick-off, but this was another accomplished performance from David Moyes' side.

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