Hammers Come from Behind to Sink Swans
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 08 Dec 2014 12:42:00
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Just like Tuesday night's victory at The Hawthorns, West Ham United came from behind to claim a third victory in a row which temporarily lifts them into the top three of the table after beating Swansea City 3-1 at Upton Park on Sunday afternoon.

Sam Allardyce made two changes to the side that faced the Baggies; Alex Song and Enner Valencia were back from injury and replaced Mauro Zarate and Morgan Amalfitano who both dropped to the bench. Also amongst the substitutes was striker Diafra Sakho, who himself had returned from a period on the sidelines.

When the action commenced the Hammers were putting pressure on their opponents but they were unable to break down a stubborn Swansea defence.

Captain Kevin Nolan did force a save from Lukaz Fabianski on 17 minutes, as he attempted a shot on goal but the pole narrowed the angle.

In his news conference on Friday, Big Sam was talking about the considerable threat posed by Wilfred Bony and was asked why he signed Andy Carroll instead of him. Well, he must have been regretting that decision as the Ivorian striker planted the ball past goalkeeper Adrian to give the Welsh side the lead.

Garry Monk's men 
went close to extending their lead on 26 minutes, but Adrian was on hand to make a save from Gylfi Sigurdsson's curling effort.

Six minutes later, Bony was causing problems for the home side once again but this time, Adrian was alert and made an excellent save.

On 41 minutes, the home side's pressure finally paid off, as the visitors'defence couldn't deal with the threat of Carroll and he proved just why Allardyce signed him by netting the equaliser to claim his first goal since March.

Having found a way back into the contest, Allardyce thought he needed to get more support to Carroll upfront so during the half-time break, he replaced Valencia with Sakho.

The Irons started the second-half with the same tempo in which they had finished the first 45 minutes by applying pressure. It took until the hour mark for the Swans to have a foray into the opponents half but when they did, they came ever so close to going back in front as Bony hit the crossbar.

On 68 minutes, Swansea were reduced to ten men. Sakho was clattered into by Fabianski after going through on goal. Referee Chris Foy didn't spot the handball from the Senegalese as he ran throgh but play was brought back, as the visiting goalkeeper was given a straight red card for his part in the incident. Monk then replaced former Hammers' trainee Leon Britton with substitute stopper Gerhard Tremmel.

Ten minutes later, Sakho was giving Swansea a torrid time and tried his luck but he went for power rather than placement and shot across Tremmel.

A minute later, West Ham made their second change, as Carl Jenkinson appeared to pick up an injury to his leg and was swiftly replaced by Joey O'Brien and later on 85 minutes with the points seemingly staying with the hosts, Allardyce replaced Cheikou Kouyate with James Collins.

Two minutes later, the points were wrapped up, as Sakho again used his pace to run past Ashley Richards and unleashed a pile driver into the back of Tremmel's net. It was fair to say that the partnership between Carroll and Sakho was paying dividends, Will it continue against Sunderland on Saturday?

The Hammers could have made it four when the two strikers combined again, but Sakho couldn't quite force the ball home.

Five minutes of added time were signalled and although Sakho went close again, it was enough to claim yet another victory.

West Ham will again look to come away with the points, as they make the long journey to Wearside to face the Black Cats.

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