West Ham United suffered a morale-crushing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
- Swansea 4 West Ham 1
- Ki opens scoring
- Van der Hoorn doubles lead
- King makes it three
- Ayew completes scoring from the spot
- Antonio with a late consolation
Swansea dominated virtually the entire match and had the lead through Sung-Yong Ki just eight minutes into the match.
Mike van der Hoorn doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark before Andy King made it 3-0 shortly after halftime.
Jordan Ayew added the cherry on the cake from the penalty spot in the 63 minute to secure a vital win for the relegation strugglers, despite a 79th-minute consulation from Michael Antonio.
FULL-TIME Swansea 4-1 West Ham
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The Hammers’ defence was always going to come into question, with a makeshift back-three made up of Winston Reid flanked by Declan Rice, a midfielder, and Aaron Cresswell, who is more comfortable at fullback.
And they were breached early with Andre Ayew laying the ball off for Ki, whose shot lacked venom but was placed perfectly to beat Adrian and slowly creep over the line.
The Swans continued to pressure and squandered a number of chances before deservedly doubling their lead in the 31st minute. Ki’s lofted a run-of-the-mill corner toward the penalty spot and Van der Hoorn got his head to the ball, steering it just inside the far post.
West Ham showed very little fight, only producing three shots all match and the home side were back at it just three minutes after halftime. Ayew had a shot well saved by Adrian but King was in the right place at the right time to poke home the rebound.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Cheikhou Kouyate’s challenge against Andre Ayew was a fraction too late, bringing the striker down and earning Swansea a penalty, which Jordan Ayew converted with aplomb.
For the second weekend in a row, Antonio came off the bench to score a late goal for the Hammers, this one had far less impact on the match as Swansea ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.