West Ham all but guaranteed their Leading League protection with a 3-1 victory above fellow strugglers Watford at the London Stadium on Friday.
What was envisioned to be a nervy contest concerning the sides perched immediately higher than the fall zone grew to become some thing of a breeze for the Hammers, who had been 3- up following 36 minutes.
Michail Antonio opened the scoring on six minutes ahead of Tomas Soucek headed in a second intention just 4 minutes later.
Declan Rice concluded the Hammers’ scoring soon immediately after the 50 %-hour mark when he bent a extensive-assortment hard work past Ben Foster and into the bottom corner from 33 yards out.
The assist came from captain Mark Noble, who was building his 500th appearance for the east Londoners.
Watford replied early in the 2nd 50 % by means of Troy Deeney and there have been some household nerves, but West Ham stood organization to sign-up back again-to-again victories for the very first time because August.
David Moyes’ side, who have two games remaining, moved previously mentioned Brighton and Hove Albion into 15th place with 37 factors, six far more than Bournemouth and Aston Villa who are in the relegation zone.
Whilst they could nonetheless be caught, West Ham have a considerably superior aim difference than their rivals.
Watford, on the other hand, are only a few details obvious of the drop zone and, with their last two video games of the phrase coming versus Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal, they facial area a nail-biting conclude to the year.