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THE GLOOM at Hillsborough lifted slightly as Sheffield Wednesday beat West Ham 3-1.

A victory for the Yorkshire side looked unlikely at half-time as they trailed 1-0 thanks to Frank Lampard`s 14th goal of the season.

The highly-rated midfielder stabbed the ball in after Steve Lomas` scuffed shot caused panic in the Wednesday penalty area.

Ten minutes after the restart The Owls equalised through Richard Cresswell who had only just come on for the ineffective Gerald Sibon.

The former York striker turned neatly in the box before slotting home from close range.

Soon after that equaliser Andy Hichcliffe put the home side ahead with a searing drive from 30 yards.

Within two minutes the scoring was completed when Nicolas Alexandersson`s weak shot found the net thanks to some poor goalkeeping from Craig Forrest in The Hammers` goal.