Hammers Battle for Swans Point
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 28 Oct 2013 12:49:00
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Since employing the 4-6-0 formation, West Ham United have had all combinations of results. Their latest match on Sunday afternoon ended in a goalless draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Sam Allardyce once again named the same starting line-up that beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and lost to Manchester City in their last two Barclays Premier League outings.

In an effort to try and continue their excellent away record so far this campaign, which hasn't seen them concede from open play, West Ham started well and could have taken the lead as early as the seventh minute. Stewart Downing produced a powerful run into the area and beat Neil Taylor, before unleashing a shot which Michel Vorm turned around the post for a corner kick. The set-piece was delivered into the box by the former Liverpool winger but, unfortunately for the Hammers, Guy Demel lifted it over the bar.

Swansea had a great chance themselves on 17 minutes when Chico Flores headed towards goal, but Jussi Jaaskelainen produced another top draw save.

Kevin Nolan was unlucky not to grab his second goal of the season on 23 minutes, when his header from Rasvan Rat's freekick was cleared off the line by Angel Rangel.

The Hammers then earned three successive corner kicks and came close with each one of them through Downing, Ravel Morrison and Demel. Unfortunately for the visitors though, neither chance resulted in a breakthrough.

Ricardo Vaz Te went down injured on the half hour mark after helping to defend a Swansea corner, and when it was clear, four minutes later, that he would be unable to continue, Allardyce was forced to make a change, bringing on Matt Jarvis in his place.

Swansea were controlling large periods of the second-half but couldn't make any of their chances count. The home sides best effort came on 54 minutes, when Nathan Dyer ran clear of the visitors defence, although Winston Reid tried unsuccessfully to stop him. The former Southampton midfielder produced a cross for Álvaro Vázquez. Fortunately, though, the East Londoners survived.

Mohamed Diame won a freekick for West Ham on 63 minutes following a foul by Flores. Before the set-piece could be taken, however, Big Sam replaced the Senegalese midfielder with Carlton Cole, who came on to make his second debut for the club after rejoining earlier this month.

Seven minutes later, Jaaskelainen was called into action again as he made a great save from Swans' substitute and one-time West Ham transfer target Willfred Bony.

The Hammers had a chance to take all three points five minutes later as Morrison set up Jarvis, with Vorm already been taken care of thanks to Cole. Unfortunately, the winger couldn't get his head to the ball to divert it goalwards.

West Ham made their final change on 77 minutes as Morrison was replaced by Joe Cole.

Two minutes later, Swansea winger Pablo Hernandez raced past Jarvis but his cross was too high and and Guy Demel was able to knock the ball out of play. The corner kick came to nothing as James Tomkins was able to clear.

Joe Cole received a yellow card with three minutes of normal time to play for a high challenge on Hernandez.

As the game entered four minutes of stoppage time, the Swans appealed for a penalty but, thankfully for the Irons, nothing was given and West Ham went back to East London with another point and a clean sheet to boot.

The Hammers are back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will look to continue their progress in the Capital One Cup with victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

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