That wasn’t as comfortable as it could have been.
But you can’t argue with a 3-1 away win at Middlesbrough.
Injuries to Andy Carroll and Mark Noble put West Ham on the back foot in the second half, and with James Collins coming on to create a back five you knew we were only going to be sitting back and holding on for the 2-1 win, especially after Manuel Lanzini fluffed what could have been a replica of his goal against Palace.
In the end 3-1 flattered us, but credit for the defensive display.
Bro didn’t show much creativity but there were a couple of moments where they could have pegged us back for the second time.
West Ham had been very quick out of the blocks and Michail Antonio nearly gave us an early lead, but in the end two goals from Carroll put us in charge.
The first was a typically powerful header from a corner, but that was cancelled out by Cristhian Stuani.
Carroll’s second was a sharp piece of poaching after an Antonio shot was spilled.
After Carroll and Noble limped off West Ham seemed happy to sit back and rely on breakaways, and there was a heart-in-mouth moment when Aaron Cresswell popped a clearance onto the bar.
We enjoyed an unexpected bonus in stoppage time when Jonathan Calleri steered the ball home via a deflection.