Much like against Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks, the Hammers flew out of the blocks and took a 3-0 lead, with Lingard in the thick of their offensive offense.
The 28-year-old’s rich form vein shows no signs of slacking off, as he has added two more goals to his tally since signing on loan from Manchester United, bringing him to eight and three assists in just nine games as that hammer.
David Moyes’ men were forced to dig deep, however, as – much like against Arsenal and Wolves – the opposition returned to the fight in the second half.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice in the final 20 minutes, but West Ham held a massive three to climb back into the top four, and Lingard says their inner conviction is behind their continued fine form.
“We always seem to do like that at the end! ” he smiled. “It was like that for the last three games, but we are still learning as a team and we continue to grow, so we are going to eliminate the positive and negative aspects of this game.
“It seems like we always start really well, quickly and on the front foot, and we put the teams under pressure very early on.
« [We want to] start in the second half like this and go on for four or five goals.
“But there is a lot of belief in the team and a lot of confidence right now. We take each game as it comes and we will keep that focus until the end of the season. ”
There are few superlatives left to describe Lingard’s own form. Without Michail Antonio on Sunday due to injury, the Hammers ignored his absence in style, Lingard combining with Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals to great effect as the Hammers threatened to run away with the contest.
Lingard seems to be coming to the right place at the right time in all the key moments of the moment, and he attributes that to the confidence in his football.
“I take good positions where I know the ball will fall and then it’s up to me to put the ball in the back of the net,” he explained.
“It’s confidence, instinct, knowing the players, knowing where the right-backs and left-backs are going to put it and being in the right position. “
“I think the first one was on my shin!” The ball already had a bit of curvature on it and it ended up in the net.
“Everyone thought Jarrod was offside for the second, but we’re playing the whistle and he put it on a plate. It is always a question of concentration and concentration to store the ball.
“We have something to fight for and that’s great. Every week we play games like it’s a cup final and do our best to get all three points. Today again, we held on for the win and took the three points. “