West Ham pile pressure on struggling Swans

West Ham defeated Swansea City 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day to heap more misery on the struggling Welsh side.

  • Swansea City 1 West Ham 4
  • Ayew opens the scoring on 13 minutes
  • Reid adds a second on 50 minutes
  • Antonio gets in on the act with 78 minutes played
  • Llorente pulls on back after 89 minutes
  • Carroll puts game to bed in injury time

Match Summary

Former Swansea striker Andre Ayew opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, with Winston Reid adding a second five minutes after the restart.

Michail Antonio then seemed to put the game beyond doubt with his goal on 78 minutes but Fernando Llorente pulled one back with his 89th minute effort.

However, it proved inconsequential as Andy Carroll restored West Ham's three-goal lead when he netted in the 90th minute.

Full Report

Swansea started strongly with Alfie Mawson doing well to get his head to an early corner but could only steer the chance wide of goal.

Angel Rangel and Borja Baston then combined down the right flank before the latter fed Wayne Routledge with a good cross, but the wide man failed to connect properly, allowing Darren Randolph to collect.

Borja then may well have opened the scoring for the hosts after latching onto a good ball by Jack Cork, but after jinking past two Hammers' defenders, he dallied on the ball before firing wide.

And the miss proved to be costly as Ayew opened the scoring just two minutes later.

Lukasz Fabianski could only parry Michail Antonio's effort into the path of Ayew, who reacted well before slotting home into an empty net.

Antonio failed to reach a Ayew flick moments later before Fabianski made a comfortable save from Dimitri Payet as West Ham began to boss proceedings.

Swansea had a great chance to get back into the game on 36 minutes though as the ball fell to the usually lethal Gylfi Sigurdsson from an Angel Rangel ball from the right, but he placed his effort well wide after making poor contact with the ball.

Mike van der Hoorn connected to a Sigurdsson ball with 39 minutes played, but his goal-bound glancing header was cleared by Andy Carroll.

Randolph then got down well to deny Swansea from hitting the target from a 25 yard free-kick as the half ended with chances for both sides.

First Antonio curled a shot just wide before Cork headed an excellent cross from Winston Reid over the crossbar.

Swansea manager Bob Bradley made a double change at the start of the second half with Jay Fulton replaced by Jefferson Montero, and Fernando Llorente on for Baston.

But his alterations made no immediate impact as Reid added a second goal for the Hammers in the 50th minute; the centre-back rising well to meet a superb Payet corner under pressure from two Swansea defenders.

The second goal should really have knocked the stuffing out of the home side but they went up the other end and nearly pulled one back through Cork, who forced an excellent save from Randolph.

Randolph was on hand again after 58 minutes as he got down well to stop a Routledge's header.

But there were more concerns for Swansea as Mark Noble so nearly made it three after picking up another good ball from Payet, only to see his curling effort deflected just over.

Leon Britton then made a last-ditch tackle to deny Antonio from getting one-on-one with Fabianski and keep his side hanging on in this tie before Randolph tipped over a close-range Sigurdsson header his goal.

Antonio though wrapped up proceedings with a third goal in the 78th minute, with a drilled effort.

And just as it appeared as if Randolph was unbeatable, Llorente gave his side a glimmer of hope as he steered the ball into the bottom corner of the net, on 89 minutes, after picking up a ball from Nathan Dyer.

But any joy the fans still left in the stadium might have felt was short live as Carroll added a fourth for West Ham in extra-time after some sloppy defending.

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