By Joe Bernstein for MailOnline
Published: 21:25 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 21:28 GMT, 4 December 2019
Wolves equalled their best run in the top flight since 1972 as defender Leander Dendoncker became the first player in two matches to beat West Ham’s stand-in goalkeeper David Martin.
Dendoncker capitalised on slack Hammers marking at a corner midway through the first half to make it 10 games unbeaten for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side who moved up to fifth as a result.
Substitute Patrick Cutrone wrapped up the points late on and the winning margin would have been greater without 33-year-old Martin, who made his Premier League debut on Saturday in a shock 1-0 victory at Chelsea.
Wolves have risen to fifth in the table once again after recording a victory against West Ham
Defeat leaves Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini looking nervously over his shoulder at the bottom three.
Wolves fans cruelly chanted “You’re getting sacked in the morning” and he showed what he thought of his senior players by sending on rookies Nathan Holland and Arlin Ajeti for their debuts as he chased an equaliser at 1-0 down.
Ironically, West Ham had enjoyed a bright opening as they tried to build on their unexpected but welcome victory at Stamford Bridge.
The game began as a cagey affair with neither side able to create anything significant
But the hosts did take the lead halfway through the first half with Leander Dendoncker's goal
The Belgian defender stabbed home Joao Moutinho's corner via an Aaron Cresswell deflection
Wolves (3-4-3): Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore (Bennett 89'), Jimenez (Cutrone 84'), Jota (Pedro Neto 72')
Subs not used: Ruddy, Ruben Vinagre, Kilman, Ashley-Seal
Goals: Dendoncker (23'), Cutrone (86')
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
West Ham (4-4-1-1): Martin; Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Snodgrass (Yarmolenko 62'), Noble (Holland 71'), Rice, Fornals; Felipe Anderson; Haller (Ajeti 80')
Subs not used: Zabaleta, Roberto, Sanchez, Masuaku
Booked: Rice, Cresswell
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Referee: Andre Marriner
Pellegrini, whose only change saw Michail Antonio stepped down to rest his hamstring, would have initially been delighted with the way his knocked the