West Ham manager David Moyes admitted his side were simply no match for Manchester City.
The champions won 4-1 at the London Stadium and showed their class from start to finish.
The Hammers’ defeat means they still have the threat of relegation hanging over them as the season draws to a close.
“They were far better than us, outstandingly good, and we didn’t do well enough,” admitted Moyes.
“We found a way back at half-time, but we can’t have any complaints. They were excellent and we didn’t defend as well as we have against other big teams.
“We couldn’t get close to them. I wanted to challenge them, I wanted to do better, so I’m disappointed.”
Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho were on target, while Pablo Zabaleta scored an own goal against his old club, as City cruised to a record-equalling 30th victory of the season.
West Ham briefly rallied through Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick but second-half strikes from Jesus and Fernandinho confirmed the gulf in class.