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Jack's back

Filed: Sunday, 7th April 2019
By: Staff Writer

Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return to football on Sunday as he featured for West Ham United's Under 23s.

The experienced midfielder started the 1-0 win over Leicester City alongside captain Conor Coventry, who was to score the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

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And Wilshere - whose last first team appearance came back in December in a 3-0 win at Newcastle Utd - lasted 64 minutes before being replaced by recent arrival Mesaque Dju.

The winning goal for Liam Manning's youngsters arrived 15 minutes before the end of full time when Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall tripped Dan Kemp inside the penalty area.

Kemp dusted himself down before stepping up to fire home the resulting spot kick to win West Ham a priceless three points in their battle against relegation from the Premier League 2 Division 1.

The victory took the Hammers above both Tottenham and Blackburn on goal difference, although both teams have a game in hand on United.

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West Ham Utd: Trott, Ngakia, Barrett, Alese, Hannam, Coventry, Wilshere (Dju 66), Kemp, Lewis, Holland, Hector-Ingram.

Subs not used: Anang, Adarkwa, Scully, Okotcha.

Leicester City: Johansson, Kaba Sherif, Thomas, Dewsbury-Hall, Hughes, Pascanu, Wright (Tavares 70), Leshabela, Loft (Tee 46), Muskwe, Shade (Elewa-Ikpakwu 31).

Subs not used: Davies, Uche, Rubio.

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