Sturridge scored a goal in each half to kill off West Ham
Bolton had the ideal warm-up for their FA Cup semi-final with Stoke as two goals from Daniel Sturridge helped them to an easy win over West Ham.
Sturridge's fine curling shot and a Lee Chung-yong header gave Bolton a 2-0 lead at the end of an embarrassingly one-sided first half.
Any second-half revival for the visitors was halted as Sturridge's second goal tightened Bolton's grip.
Demba Ba's shot against the post was the closest West Ham came to scoring.
West Ham came into the game burdened by the knowledge that they had never won at the Reebok Stadium and, from the outset, they never looked like breaking their duck.
Kevin Davies has scored more goals against West Ham than any other side, so the visitors should have known what to expect from his physical presence up front.
As well as the threat he posed himself, Davies was an excellent foil for the lively Sturridge, and it was not long before the pair linked up, with Manuel da Costa forced to put Sturridge's effort behind for a corner early on, after good approach work by Davies.
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Apart from one moment of threat from Wayne Bridge - snuffed out by Gretar Steinsson - the ball was rarely in the Bolton half of the field, and when the first goal came, inevitably it was for Bolton, with Davies and Sturridge involved.
Davies flicked a long throw to Johan Elmander, and the Swede laid the ball off to Sturridge on the left-hand corner of the box.
The on-loan Chelsea player duly curled an inch-perfect strike into the top corner beyond the grasp of Robert Green.
Davies then wasted a great chance to double the lead as he was allowed to charge through on goal almost unchallenged, but with only Green to beat, he screwed his shot wide of the far post.
But such was Bolton's dominance that wasting an opportunity was no big deal and, when the next one came, it was on target.
Lee began and finished the move, scooping the ball upfield from deep in his own half before sprinting into the area to get on the end of Martin Petrov's cross from the left to touch home a simple near-post header.
Coyle delighted by entertaining Bolton
Sturridge and Elmander continued to cause the visitors all kinds of problems as Bolton utterly dominated a totally one-sided first half, with a tame Thomas Hitzlsperger shot the only moment of activity for home keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The half-time introduction of Carlton Cole seemed to lift West Ham's spirits after the restart, but just as they were threatening to reduce Bolton's lead, it was extended by Sturridge.
Yet more statue-like defending allowed him to pick up the ball wide on the left, advance to the edge of the box and send in a low shot which found the bottom corner.
The three-goal cushion, however, seemed to introduce an air of complacency into Bolton's play, as apart from Sturridge's efforts to secure a hat-trick, most of the threats on goal came from West Ham.
Ba rattled a shot on the turn against the inside of the post and Da Costa had a header blocked on the line.
But despite West Ham's willingness to have a go, there was never any suggestion either side thought they would make a comeback.
Substitutes Ivan Klasnic and Rodrigo both had chances to add to Bolton's lead late on, and Sturridge flicked a shot wide in injury time, but three goals proved more than enough to claim the victory.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle:
"For me today was the biggest win of the season. I said to the players I wanted the points so we can catch Liverpool and Everton for sixth and finish as high up as we can, that was the motivation today.
"Our strength today was as a group and a collective effort. We never rest on our laurels, we must continue to strive and move forward together.
"We've played seven of our last nine games away from home, so there was a real freshness today. We'll need it all next week (in the FA Cup semi-final), I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to get to the final."
West Ham manager Avram Grant:
"In the first half we played not so good, the second half we were better and made many chances but it was too late as they had scored a third goal.
"The situation is not good but it (survival)'s possible. We're not far from safety, we need to win the next game. In the second half there were many positives we can take, but the next game will be a new game.
"Until now bad situations have made us strong, I hope it will be the same in the next game. I think we can stay in the league but it will not be easy."
90:00+2:10 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+1:39 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Daniel Sturridge goes wide right of the target.
90:00+0:35 Rodrigo Moreno takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
89:42 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
89:29 Centre by Marcos Alonso, save by Robert Green.
87:42 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel da Costa.
87:01 The referee penalises Demba Ba for handball. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
83:56 Carlton Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
83:04 Effort from the edge of the box by Ivan Klasnic goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Correction - 81:17 Johan Elmander produces a cross.
81:17 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ivan Klasnic coming on for Kevin Davies.
81:17 The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander.
78:48 Kevin Davies delivers the ball, save by Robert Green.
77:55 Johan Elmander challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from right channel, Gretar Rafn Steinsson fouled by Manuel da Costa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct
free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
77:55 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Rodrigo Moreno coming on for Martin Petrov.
77:55 Substitution Matthew Taylor replaces Chung-Yong Lee.
75:09 Substitution Scott Parker goes off and Jonathan Spector comes on.
74:15 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Manuel da Costa results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Martin
73:10 Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
71:24 Demba Ba takes a shot. Johan Elmander gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line,
James Tomkins takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
68:55 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, clearance by Zat Knight.
68:49 Centre by Wayne Bridge, blocked by Chung-Yong Lee.
68:18 The ball is sent over by Carlton Cole, clearance by Zat Knight.
67:22 Shot by Daniel Sturridge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
66:50 Effort from just outside the penalty box by Demba Ba strikes the post.
66:09 Martin Petrov fouled by Lars Jacobsen, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
63:37 James Tomkins challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Martin Petrov from
the free kick.
62:06 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line. James Tomkins takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
62:00 Centre by Thomas Hitzlsperger, clearance by Zat Knight.
61:14 Robbie Keane has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
60:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jussi Jaaskelainen by Carlton Cole. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
59:59 Demba Ba fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
59:24 Daniel Sturridge produces a lobbed left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Robert Green.
58:42 Header by James Tomkins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
58:07 Thomas Hitzlsperger delivers the ball, clearance made by Zat Knight. Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, clearance
made by Gary Cahill.
55:58 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Keane, Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Thomas Hitzlsperger
takes a outswinging corner.
54:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, save made by Robert Green.
53:04 Kevin Davies challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble, clearance
by Kevin Davies.
Correction - 50:55 Martin Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
50:55 Marcos Alonso provided the assist for the goal.
50:55 GOAL - Daniel Sturridge:Bolton 3 - 0 West Ham Daniel Sturridge finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal.
Bolton 3-0 West Ham.
50:06 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
49:33 A cross is delivered by Thomas Hitzlsperger, clearance made by Zat Knight. Demba Ba decides to take a short corner.
48:27 Headed effort on goal by Carlton Cole from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
47:00 The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov.
45:51 The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
45:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Lars Jacobsen comes on in place of Matthew Upson.
45:01 Substitution Frederic Piquionne goes off and Carlton Cole comes on.
45:00+2:29 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
45:00+1:12 Gary Cahill challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Marcos Alonso.
45:00+1:12 Booking Gary Cahill is given a yellow card.
41:42 Daniel Sturridge has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
40:32 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble. The ball is sent over by Mark Noble, Chung-Yong Lee gets a block
in. Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
40:26 The ball is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Johan Elmander gets a block in.
38:54 Martin Petrov delivers the ball.
37:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Manuel da Costa. Marcos Alonso crosses the ball in from the free
kick, Manuel da Costa makes a clearance. Effort from 12 yards by Daniel Sturridge.
37:03 The ball is crossed by Marcos Alonso.
32:20 The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
29:16 Johan Elmander has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
27:54 Johan Elmander fouled by Thomas Hitzlsperger, the ref awards a free kick. Johan Elmander takes the direct free kick. Martin
Petrov takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in. Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line.
26:24 Martin Petrov takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Demba Ba.
26:15 A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, blocked by James Tomkins.
24:28 Unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Marcos Alonso takes the free kick, Header by Gary
Cahill from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
24:16 Shot by Martin Petrov. Blocked by James Tomkins.
21:43 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Thomas Hitzlsperger has an effort at goal from just outside
the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
20:23 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
19:03 Assist on the goal came from Martin Petrov.
19:03 GOAL - Chung-Yong Lee:Bolton 2 - 0 West Ham Chung-Yong Lee scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Bolton 2-0 West Ham.
18:03 Kevin Davies produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
16:02 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
13:43 Assist by Johan Elmander.
13:43 GOAL - Daniel Sturridge:Bolton 1 - 0 West Ham Daniel Sturridge finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal.
Bolton 1-0 West Ham.
10:37 Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
10:02 Right-footed shot by Demba Ba went wide of the right-hand post.
8:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Thomas Hitzlsperger. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.
7:02 Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
6:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Daniel Sturridge. Martin Petrov takes the direct free kick.
4:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Marcos Alonso.
Correction - 3:27 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Manuel da Costa gets a block in. Corner
taken by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
3:27 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Corner
from the left by-line taken by Martin Petrov, Headed effort on goal by Kevin Davies from inside the penalty box misses to
the right of the goal.
0:16 Johan Elmander has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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