West Ham blanks West Brom, Everton ends rot

West Ham routed West Bromwich Albion to move above Manchester United into fifth place while Everton and Watford claimed narrow wins over Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

West Ham players celebrate after Mark Noble's goal against West Bromwich Albion.   -  REUTERS

West Ham United captain Mark Noble scored twice for the second game in succession as his side won 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion to replace Manchester United in fifth place.

Dimitri Payet crossed for Cheikhou Kouyate to head West Ham in front in the 34th minute and Kouyate set up Noble for his first goal before Andy Carroll crossed for the Englishman to volley in his second.

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Toffees win at emotional Goodison

Leighton Baines scored the winner as Everton prevailed 2-1 at home to Bournemouth, after Tom Cleverley's seventh-minute opener for the host had been swiftly cancelled out by Marc Pugh's deflected strike.

But it remained an uncomfortable afternoon for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, with protesting supporters paying for a plane trailing the banner "TIME TO GO ROBERTO" to fly over Goodison Park during the game.

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Last gasp Watford downs Villa

Meanwhile, skipper Troy Deeney scored a last-gasp brace as Watford twice came from behind to inflict a 3-2 defeat on already-relegated Aston Villa.

Villa led twice, through Ciaran Clark and Jordan Ayew, but Almen Abdi cancelled out Clark's opener and after the host had lost Aly Cissokho to a red card for a last-man foul on Ikechi Anya, Deeney turned the game on its head.

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