Lingard nets debut double in West Ham win

Lingard nets debut double in West Ham win

Jesse Lingard scored twice on his debut as West Ham beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday to maintain its push for a European place.

Lingard, who joined West Ham on loan from Manchester United this week, scored five minutes later, chesting down Antonio's cross and firing home a stinging left-foot shot.

Ollie Watkins had come close to opening the scoring in the first half, curling a shot onto the outside of the post, but West Ham were on top for long periods and Tomas Soucek (51) finished a fine team move for his eighth of the season to give them a deserved lead. Aston Villa stay ninth.

The Englishman admitted that having familiar faces in the West Ham team helped him settle quickly and just wanted to enjoy the game because he loves playing.

But Lingard sealed the points two minutes later when Antonio again teed up him to score, although Martinez should have done better. I was smiling before the game and during, I just enjoy playing football.

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Manager David Moyes was delighted with Lingard's performance and he believes it won't be long until he's back in the England fold if he keeps up those performances. "In training we have that connection and built it up fairly quickly", Lingard said.

Whilst Jesse Lingard stole the headlines for his brace on his West Ham debut, there were sections of the Villa Park support impressed with what Benrahma brought to the table.

"It was unbelievable. It is a quality team, Villa".

Moyes added: 'We have to go step-by-step, we are making a big step at the moment and the players we have got have improved no end.

"We knew it would be hard but we played well and pressed them". He plays nice one two touches with me and (Said) Benrahma. He always wants the ball and shows.

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