After a disappointing first half, things really kicked into gear in the second half at the Riverside where a hapless Middlesboro side were dismantled by three goals provided courtesy of West Ham favourites - Yossi Benayoun, Bobby Zamora and the sensational Raveldo Morrison.
In other news, a sad Millwall side slipped closer towards relagation from the championship losing to Leeds, while tragic Sheffield United were derailed losing 2-0 at home and now have only an outside chance of making the play offs in League One. Leyton Orient provided further justification for their exclusion from the Olympic stadium as they could only muster a draw against lowly Walsall and look stranded in League One for all of eternity. In better news. Dagenham picked up a useful point away to Bury.
Meanwhile, in this evenings late kick off, the Hammers first team's poor luck against Manchester United continued as Dwayne Woonie scored two freakish goals to give the Mancs an outside shot at a Chumpions League place.