West Ham 2 Coventry 0
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Pardew's side have been frustrating their fans with recent results that have seen their hopes for automatic promotion vanish.
However, The Hammers are still on course to make the play-offs, after Sheffield United and Millwall both dropped points enabling the East Londoners to climb back into the top six.
Despite being without Michael Carrick and Matthew Etherington through injury and Tomas Repka through suspension, The Hammers were the better side and deserved their victory.
The Sky Blues had early chances but the hosts gradually cranked into gear and Andy Melville, Steve Lomas and Anton Ferdinand all went close before Bobby Zamora grabbed a deserved lead on 37 minutes.
The former Tottenham man collected Kevin Horlock's header before rounding goalkeeper Scott Shearer and slotting home.
West Ham went straight in search of a second after the break and David Connolly went close with an overhead kick.
The Republic of Ireland international then sealed the points from the penalty spot after 63 minutes, after Steve Staunton had hauled down Zamora.
Connolly's biggest problem was persuading Marlon Harewood that he should take the spot kick, but once he had wrestled the ball from the former Nottingham Forest man he was able to fire home for 2-0.
The hosts survived a late rally from Coventry to secure three vital points that gets their promotion push up and running once again.