West Ham were given the ultimate Christmas gift as they came from behind to beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.
Defensive errors from Fulham players Dickson Etuhu and Aaron Hughes laid goals on a plate for Carlton Cole as he scored his first-ever brace for West Ham in a win which picked the Hammers off the foot of the Premier League.
The game started in a depressingly familiar way for West Ham as they fell behind to an early goal and were played off the park for large periods of the first-half.
Aaron Hughes, was given the freedom of the West Ham box to put Fulham ahead and score his first goal for the club, nodding home a Simon Davies cross unopposed.
From there it was one-way traffic with Fulham controlling the game through the middle of the park, Danny Murphy and Etuhu pulling the strings and only one team looking capable of collecting the win.
But minutes before half-time the game took a drastic turn as Etuhu handed West Ham a route back into the game against the run of play, deflecting the ball into the path of Cole who gratefully accepted the gift to fire home from close range.
Then moments later Frederic Piquionne pulled them into the lead when he netted in added time. The Frenchman was left with the simplest of jobs when Scott Parker found him at the back post with a pinpoint cross.
Avram Grant's side wrapped the game up in the 73rd minute when Danny Gabbidon’s searching long ball was nodded into the area by Hughes allowing Cole to tap in from a second Fulham defensive error. That goal deflated Fulham and despite their best efforts they couldn't find a way through a resolute West Ham backline.