West Ham 4 Watford 0
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Irons knew that victory would mean they could cement their place in the top-six and the chance to win promotion - and always looked in control.
Watford only recently secured their place in Division One for next season, and looked exhausted as West Ham proved the more desirous of victory.
Don Hutchison was back from a long lay-off through a knee injury, and the Scottish star opened the scoring, firing a free kick low and hard through the Watford wall on 17.
Another Scottish veteran was on hand to double the advantage, with Christian Dailly's powerful header from Matt Etherington's corner smashing off a post before hitting the back of the net.
Stephen Bywater had been on hand to deny Watford hope - saving well from both Bruce Dyer and Lee Cook, and a third goal was soon forthcoming.
Marlon Harewood was given the task of taking a penalty just after the hour mark, and despite seeing his original effort saved, refused to concede the duty when referee Michael Jones ordered a re-take, smashing home his second attempt.
Harewood then doubled his tally for the game when he lashed home a Joel McAnuff cross for West Ham's fourth.