Goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio secured the win for the visitors
West Ham United moved into the top half of the Premier League for the first time this season thanks to a 2-0 win over Fulham.
The Hammers are just two points off Manchester United in the table after goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio.
The hosts made a bright start at Craven Cottage, with Aboubakar Kamara forcing Lukasz Fabianski into smart saves down low on the wet pitch.
However, Claudio Ranieri’s men were made to pay for their wastefulness as Felipe Anderson was released down the left and found Snodgrass on the edge of the box. The Scot curled home a beauty past the dive of Sergio Rico.
The lead was doubled 12 minutes later when Javier Hernandez flicked on Anderson’s cross to find strike partner Antonio – who had the simple task of tapping home after being given the freedom of the penalty box.
Samba star Anderson was brilliant yet again for the visitors, constantly bamboozling Dennis Odoi down the left hand side.
However, Michail Antonio showed the fruits of his labour with a brilliant performance up front all evening. Strong on the ball and pacy and powerful in behind, the Englishman is gradually showing the sort of form which earned him an international call-up.
When Aleksandr Mitrovic played through Kamara in the first half, the West Ham fans looked pleadingly over to the linesman. To their horror, the flag stayed down.
The Frenchman raced through on goal with just Lukasz Fabianksi to beat, but could only muster a weak effort at the near post which the summer signing from Swansea easily saved.
The Whites were in the ascendancy at this point, and an early goal could have made this a much different game.
Fulham – Newcastle (A), 22/12
West Ham United – Watford (H), 22/12