Swans Have Some Neck Defeating Hammer
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 04 Mar 2018 14:39:00
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West Ham United still only have two away victories to their name as Swansea City continued their excellent record under Head-Coach Carlos Carvalhal by inflicting another 4-1 defeat on the Hammers.

Three changes were made to the side that started the game at Liverpool last weekend as both James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna were not in the squad due to injury and illness respectively, so Winston Reid and Declan Rice came in to replace them, while Javier Hernández started in place of João Mário.

Given the fact that Swansea went into the game having played an FA Cup replay on Tuesday, the travelling support would have thought that their side might have reaped the benefits of a week's break but instead they found themselves behind after just eight minutes, as Ki Sung-Yeung took advantage of the space awarded to him and fired past Adrián.

The Swans almost went further ahead on seventeen minutes but neither Mike van der Hoorn nor Federico Fernández were able to beat Adrián, with the effort from the latter having to be cleared off the line by Rice.

As if losing both first choice central defenders wasn't bad enough for the Hammers, they then were dealt a further blow when Reid was carried off on a stretcher following a neck injury after falling awkwardly. He was on the ground for eight minutes before Sam Byram replaced him with a considerable amount of time still to play in the first period.

Adrián did well to keep out an André Ayew effort just after the half hour but he was unable to do anything about van der Hoorn's header which flew past him from the resulting corner.

After ten minutes of stoppage time were added due to Reid's injury, the visitors went down the tunnel wishing that the adverse weather many had experienced early this week would have caused a postponement.

David Moyes knew he had to do something if his side were to get anything out of the game, so he made his second change, replacing Patrice Evra with Michail Antonio.

The home side were unbeaten in six at home going into this encounter and were desperate to stretch that run to seven. They looked on course to do just that when they increased their advantage three minutes after the restart.

The home side were given a corner and although Adrián saved André Ayew's initial header, Andy King knocked in his first goal for the club on the day he was brought into the starting line-up for the first time since joining on loan from Leicester City in January.

West Ham had created nothing in front of goal all afternoon until Marko Arnautovic had an opportunity to reduce the arrears with 57 minutes gone but unfortunately, he sent a tame shot straight into the grateful grasp of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski after a burst of pace took him past Alfie Mawson.

Just after the hour mark Carvalhal's men were given the chance to improve their goal difference when referee Martin Atkinson awarded them a penalty after Cheikhou Kouyaté brought down André Ayew. 

The striker was desperate to score against the club he left in January but it was down to his younger brother Jordan to fire the ball into the net and despite a stuttering run up, the Ghanaian made no mistake.

André Ayew's game was brought to an early end by the Swans' boss as he was replaced by Nathan Dyer.

Most of West Ham's loyal fan base had left before Antonio grabbed a consolation on 79 minutes and scored the club's 1000th Premier League goal but in truth, who could blame them.

It was certainly not the start to the month that the Irons would have hoped for but after consecutive away matches, they now face back-to-back home encounters starting with Burnley's visit to Stratford on Saturday afternoon.

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