Hammers edge Swans to ease relegation fears

West Ham piled more misery on Swansea with a hard-fought 1-0 victory in their Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Saturday.

  • West Ham 1 Swansea 0
  • Kouyate breaks deadlock
  • Hammers end five-game losing run
  • Swans in drop zone two points adrift

Match Summary

Cheikhou Kouyate scored the only goal of the game with an absolute stunner a minute before the break.

The Swans toiled away in search of an equaliser and Leonardo Narsigh came closest, but the Hammers held on for a crucial three points, easing the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic.

Full Report

After a slow start the hosts took an early initiative with Michael Antonio threatening as the lone striker. But his presence up front was soon lost, as he had to limp off with a suspected hamstring injury.

Nonetheless, Bilic's side still managed to find the opening goal, through one of the only moments of quality in the entire match. It had to be something special to win a tight relegation scrap and Kouyate provided the home support with something to cheer.

Mark Noble played a short pass to Robert Snodgrass, who flicked the ball to the towering midfielder. The Senegal international the went on a marauding run before drilling home a fierce low strike in to the bottom corner of the net.

After the break, it was a case of seeing the game out, which the Hammers managed to do through inspiring defensive displays from James Collins and Sam Byram.

The win sees the east Londoners moved eight points clear of the 18th-placed Welsh club.