West Ham United all but guaranteed its Premier League safety with a 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers, Watford, at the London Stadium on Friday.
All their goals came before halftime in a game expected to be a nervy contest between the sides perched immediately above the drop zone.
The encounter became something of a breeze for the Hammers who went 3-0 up after 36 minutes, thanks to goals by Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek, and Declan Rice.
Watford replied early in the second half through Troy Deeney and there were some home nerves but West Ham stood firm to register back-to-back victories for the first time since August.
The Hammers, who have two games remaining, moved above Brighton & Hove Albion into 15th spot with 37 points, six more than Bournemouth, and Aston Villa who are in the relegation zone.
While the club could still be caught, David Moyes’s West Ham team possesses a far better goal difference.
Watford, on the other hand, lies only three points clear of the drop zone and, with its last two games against Manchester City and Arsenal, face a nail-biting end to the season.