Manchester City firmed up their grip on a top-four place as they beat West Ham to secure their first win in three Premier League games.
James Collins looped an attempted clearance from a Jesus Navas cross into his own net to give City the lead.
Navas set up Sergio Aguero to slot in a second after a slick counter-attack.
With the game won, City playmaker David Silva was carried off on a stretcher after being caught in the face by Cheikhou Kouyate’s right elbow.
Silva appeared to be given oxygen as he received eight minutes of treatment prior to his departure in the 75th minute.
Before the game, City boss Manuel Pellegrini conceded he could be sacked if his team do not finish in the top four to claim a Champions League place for next season.
But while speculation about his future continues given their tame title defence, the chances of missing out on a place in Europe’s elite club competition receded with this victory.
With five matches remaining, Pellegrini’s side are seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand, and a point behind derby rivals Manchester United.