The Hammers moved into the top 10 following the victory, with an own goal from Nedum Onuoha and Diafra Sakho’s fifth goal in five starts clinching the Londoner’s third win of the season.
Despite a number of injuries to key members of the first-team, Sam Allardyce decided to hold with a similar system used throughout much of the early part of the season - the 4-4-2 diamond. Alex Song put in a battling display at the base of the diamond, whilst man of the match Stewart Downing, Morgan Amalfitano and Mauro Zarate all provided the creativity from higher up the field.
The performance was impressive by the Hammers, with a focus upon close, intricate passing - rather than the long ball game associated with Allardyce - and the manager told the official West Ham website how pleased he was with the effort put in by his players.
The 59-year-old said: "We were successful, both out of possession and in possession.
"I was looking at the injury list on Saturday and our fear was that we had seven players out injured, so I had to change the team around a little bit, but I wanted to keep that same system.
"I wanted to keep that diamond because I think it suits the players, as we saw again with our performance. I was worried because if it didn't work, we didn't have many players to bring in, so we might have to change it. We didn't until the end when they threw caution to the wind."
The result returned the Hammers to winning ways, having suffered a 2-1 loss at Manchester United last weekend. They were unlucky to leave Old Trafford with nothing to show of their performance, but Allardyce was pleased to see a number of mistakes ironed out for the game at the Boleyn Ground.
He added: "We didn't want to let them sneak back in it with a goal out of the blue, but finally we got the second goal and that was exactly what we deserved. Across the board, it was a very good performance from the players with very few mistakes made by the defenders - unlike Manchester United."