West Ham beat Liverpool 3-1 to climb off the bottom of English soccer’s Premier League, boosting the east London’s club fight against relegation. Manchester City and Fulham tied 1-1.
Scott Parker, Demba Ba and Carlton Cole scored at Upton Park for the Hammers, who record a sixth league win of the season. Glen Johnson got Liverpool’s goal.
West Ham moves to 28 points, between 17th-place Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion in 19th on goal difference. Wigan, on 27 points, drops to the bottom of the 20- team league. Three teams are relegated at the end of the season in May.
Fulham climbs two spots to 13th, now four points above the Hammers. Man City remains in third.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, playing his second match for West Ham after returning from a six-month injury absence, had the game’s first on-target shot with a 40-yard volley.
Liverpool’s Raul Meireles then headed wide and hit a shot straight at goalkeeper Robert Green.
The hosts were ahead after 22 minutes when Parker and Hitzlsperger, who were playing in a three-man midfield with Mark Noble, exchanged passes before Parker curled the ball into the far corner of the net with the outside of his foot.
Dirk Kuyt hit the sidenetting as Liverpool broke soon after, but West Ham had more possession and went into halftime with a two-goal advantage. Gary O’Neil collected the ball on the right and swung in a cross for Ba to head his third goal in four games since joining from Hoffenheim last month.
Liverpool was disrupted by injuries to Martin Kelly and Meireles, with David N’Gog and former Hammer Joe Cole coming on.
West Ham continued to create chances, with Frederic Piquionne heading wide from one of the best opportunities when unmarked eight yards out.
Green stopped a powerful drive from Luis Suarez and a dipping volley from Reds captain Steven Gerrard to protect his team’s advantage. However, with six minutes remaining Johnson, who started his career at West Ham, converted a Suarez cross from close range.
West Ham sealed the win when substitute Cole struck a low shot past Jose Reina in injury time.
Mario Balotelli scored for the ninth time in 14 games for Manchester City, with Damien Duff getting Fulham’s goal as thee day’s other game ended up as a draw at Eastlands.
Fulham is on a five-match unbeaten run in the league following its third straight draw.
Yesterday, Manchester United moved four points clear of Arsenal atop the standings with a 4-0 win at Wigan. Wolves beat Blackpool 4-0, Aston Villa defeated Blackburn 4-1, Everton won 2-0 against Sunderland, while Newcastle and Bolton tied 1-1.
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