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Played
February 2, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 34962‎
 
77′ Andy Carroll
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham 1-0 Swansea

Hammers match-winner Andy Carroll and Swans goalkeeper Gerhart Tremmel standout performers in pulsating 1-0 win that saw home side eventually run out deserved winners.

By Josh Clarke

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    3
    1
    3.00

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Enjoyed what turned out to be a very comfortable afternoon, only pausing to make the most basic of saves from some pretty tame Swansea efforts.

  • Winston Reid
    3
    0
    3.50

    Winston Reid

    A decent mix of defensive aggression and subtlety led to him dealing with Swansea’s usually energetic forward movement very capably.

  • James Tomkins
    3
    0
    3.00

    James Tomkins

    The unconventional nature of Michu’s front play ended up proving a bit of a dream ticket, with the center half rarely troubled.

  • Joey O'Brien
    3
    0
    3.00

    Joey O'Brien

    Advanced well down the right without ever really being threatened defensively.

  • Kevin Nolan
    2
    1
    3.50

    Kevin Nolan

    His understanding with Carroll was absolutely key to the hosts' attacking endeavors but he certainly should have tucked away at least one of two very decent first-half chances.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    2
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Provided nothing to get excited about, especially with his fellow attacking players regularly in the thick of things. Taken off with half an hour to go.

  • Matthew Taylor
    2
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Taylor

    Was embarrassed by Hernandez when the winger decided to turn it on, with two first-half nutmegs leading to Swansea’s best chances.

  • Mark Noble
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mark Noble

    Looked to dictate play from deep but was bypassed too often to do so.

  • Mohamed Diame
    4
    0
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Provided real energy and drive in the middle, though his team’s more refined moments – though they were few – came from elsewhere.

  • Andy Carroll
    17
    0
    4.00

    Andy Carroll Top of the Match

    Finished a deserved match winner with his bullet header. Proved a total handful, with Chico and Williams unsure of how to handle his awkward link-up play and clever knockdowns.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    3
    1
    3.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    Worked himself into the book early on after a particularly poor challenge. Tested Tremmel with a rasping near-post effort and looked lively all game.

Substitutions

  • Emanuel Pogatetz
    1
    0
    3.00

    Emanuel Pogatetz

    Helped run down the clock as his side held on for a much-needed win.

  • Joe Cole
    4
    0
    3.00

    Joe Cole

    Brought on to add a bit of craft to West Ham’s battering-ram approach but saw little time on the ball.

  • Gary O'Neil
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gary O'Neil

    Shored up his side defensively as a late sub.

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    6
    0
    4.00

    Gerhard Tremmel

    Three top-draw first-half saves ensured his team went in level at the interval and he was equally impressive afterwards, making a string of high-quality stops.

  • Chico
    2
    0
    2.50

    Chico

    Fared better against Carroll by dropping off, though more often found himself tasked with tracking runners from deep who fed off Carroll’s scraps.

  • Ashley Williams
    2
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Williams

    Was bullied at times by Carroll and could find few ways to effectively subdue the striker or negate the service into him.

  • Ángel Rangel
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Most of West Ham’s more potent moves came from the other side though he still looked a little rusty in terms of covering ground up and down the flank.

  • Ben Davies
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ben Davies

    Sloppiness in possession sometimes led to his side being put under the cosh, though he made a fantastic challenge to deny Vaz Te with half an hour left.

  • Leon Britton
    1
    0
    2.50

    Leon Britton

    Failed to establish any tempo or rhythm at the heart of Swansea’s play and was duly substituted at the start of the second half.

  • Michu
    2
    4
    2.50

    Michu

    Struggled to get going with his usually clinical finishing found wanting from the couple of half-chances he did sniff out.

  • Pablo Hernández
    3
    0
    3.00

    Pablo Hernández

    A real mixed bag, spending long periods looking simply uninterested before jumping to life to provide real sparks down the left flank.

  • Wayne Routledge
    1
    1
    1.50

    Wayne Routledge Flop of the Match

    Couldn’t ever really get a foothold in the game as large parts passed him by totally.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    2
    2
    3.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Buzzed around industriously but was never able to generate attacks of any significance.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    9
    2
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Looked assured on the ball and attempted to drive forward but found dead-ends everywhere

Substitutions

  • Nathan Dyer
    2
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Brought on to try turn the tide as his team looked increasingly under pressure, though Carroll’s opener came moments after his introduction.

  • Luke Moore
    1
    0
    2.50

    Luke Moore

    Introduced early in the second half though was unable to make any meaningful imapct

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