A late goal from Nolberto Solano gave West Ham a narrow win and put pressure on relegation-threatened Fulham.
The Hammers were frustrated in the first half as Carlton Cole saw a volley saved and another skim the bar, while Luis Boa Morte also went wide.
Fulham worked hard but West Ham’s firm defence kept out Brian McBride’s volley and Diomansky Kamara’s effort. Solano then bundled the ball in, to the fury of Fulham, who had Leon Andreasen sent off for his protests for handball.
As Fulham keeper Antti Niemi came to meet Solano, the ball seemed to go in off the Peruvian’s elbow.
The home side’s frustration was understandable as, despite a spirited display, they could not prevent yet another late home defeat and remain mired in the relegation zone.