West Ham’s hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League were given a boost after their convincing 3-1 win over Liverpool at Upton Park.
Hammers captain Scott Parker opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a wonderful finish from the edge of the box, before Demba Ba continued his scoring run for his new club right before half-time.
Glen Johnson scored against his former club to ensure a nervy final few minutes, but substitute Carlton Cole added a late third to secure a vital three points for Avram Grant’s side.
Despite ending a run of four straight defeats to Liverpool, the win is not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone. The Hammers move up from bottom of the table to 18th, below Wolves on goal difference. However, the manner of the victory and the performance will give plenty of cause for optimism for the remainder of the season.
Liverpool remain sixth, six point behind Chelsea who play Manchester United on Tuesday.