Declan Rice’s well-executed penalty and Issa Diop’s header helped move West Ham to fourth place as Sheffield United’s Premier League hopes for survival suffered significantly from a setback

Chris Basham’s lunge against Jesse Lingard gave the Hammers, who climb over Liverpool and Chelsea, a sixth win in ten top matches

Rice made no mistake on the spot before Diop, who had been sent off with a head injury in his previous game, doubled his lead from Aaron Cresswell’s corner

Sheffield United, 14 points from safety, 14 games to go, were close to equalizing 1-0, only Lukasz Fabianski made an outstanding save to keep the deflected header away from David McGoldrick

West Ham received an early sentence when Craig Dawson was fouled by Enda Stevens and referee Simon Hooper pointed to the point, but after a VAR consultation the decision was overturned

Chelsea will return again via West Ham if they beat Newcastle on kick-off at 8:00 p.m. GMT but this was yet another performance from David Moyes’ side

West Ham’s phenomenal form after last season’s fight shows no sign of getting out of hand

After the last season in a relegation battle, the Hammers are now in the Champions League, two points ahead of champions Liverpool, and there are 14 games left

When Harry Redknapp’s class finished fifth in the top division of English football from 1998-99, they collected 57 points

Defeating the Blades brought Moyes’ team to 42 points and another 42 to play for In the next season they have to be seen as serious competitors for Europe

Their last win came in a moment of madness and a moment of brilliance – Basham’s awkward foul on Lingard and Fabianski saved McGoldrick 1-0

Fabianski had a busier game than he would have liked while Aaron Ramsdale played Vladimir Coufal on the other end after just beating the goalkeeper

But Fredericks sealed a polished team advertisement with the third after gracious support from his substitute colleague Said Benrahma

With injured striker Michail Antonio, West Ham is looking in decent shape with the end of the season approaching

Sheffield United has shown signs of struggle in the past few weeks with wins over Manchester United, Newcastle and West Brom

They were again authors of their own fall, Basham’s clear foul on Lingard – and Rice’s resulting penalty – ruined their brilliant start

McGoldrick was lively but after Diop’s header made it 2-0, the Blades gave Fredericks time and space to score the third home goal

On a night of few positive results, defenseman John Egan left the field with one leg protected

Aside from one major escape, the Blades stand after a loss in the 19th League before returning to the championship

Sheffield United return to London for a big game with Fulham on Saturday (8:00 PM GMT) before West Ham host Tottenham in a London derby on Sunday (12:00 PM)

goal! West Ham United 3, Sheffield United 0 Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United) shot a right footed shot from the center of the box into the lower left corner Assisted by Saïd Benrahma

Attempt missed John Lundstram (Sheffield United) right footed shot goes a little too high. Assisted by Enda Stevens

Attempt blocked David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked

Attempt missed Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) tries too high with a right footed shot from the center of the box

Attempt saved Oliver McBurnie’s (Sheffield United) header from the center of the penalty area is saved in the top left corner. Prepared by Ben Osborn with a cross

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