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February 2, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 34962‎
 
77′ Andy Carroll
 
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Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
West Ham
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
West Ham
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Wayne Routledge
Wayne Routledge
Swansea City
Sung-Yong Ki
Sung-Yong Ki
Swansea City

West Ham 1-0 Swansea: Carroll eases the pressure on Allardyce

The on-loan Liverpool striker eventually had the final say, powering home a corner kick.

By Josh Clarke

West Ham deservedly came out on top of a hard-earned 1-0 win against Swansea at Upton Park, to end its stretch of four games without a win.

The Hammers dominated the affair, though it took a powerful header in the 77th minute from the returning Andy Carroll to settle the home fans' nerves after Swansea keeper Gerhart Tremmel kept the hosts at bay with a string of high-quality saves.

With West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan announcing during the week that an agreement has been reached with Liverpool for the permanent transfer of Carroll at the end of the season, Sam Allardyce was able to start the on-loan front man for the first time since late November, in a move that proved decisive for the Hammers.

It was Carroll’s deployment as a focal point that engineered the game’s two best early chances, though Kevin Nolan and Mohamed Diame were unable to make much of their respective knockdowns.

As the half developed it was Tremmel who provided the difference between the two, thwarting Hammers captain Nolan with two smart saves in quick succession – firstly with a close range stop with the legs and secondly at full-stretch after Nolan met Carroll’s smart header.

Tremmel intervened yet again to block Ricardo Vaz Te’s viciously driven, near-post effort before referee Lee Probert ended the home side’s snowballing momentum by blowing for halftime.

West Ham started the second half in much the same manner it finished the first though after carving a decent opening, Carroll could only blaze over after a neat exchange between Nolan and Matt Jarvis.

Swansea began to show signs of life with Michu spurning two decent half-chances before Swansea left back Ben Davies denied Vaz Te with a glorious sliding challenge on the edge of six-yard box.

The home crowd’s frustration started to become evident when Tremmel blocked Carroll’s somewhat tame effort with his legs leading to Diame, in the same passage of play, wildly miscuing after attempting the acrobatic.

Finally West Ham’s relentless pressure paid dividends, with Carroll’s breakthrough coming in predictable fashion, as the England international rose highest to power home a Mark Noble corner with just over 15 minutes left to play.

The goal seemed to spark some life into Swansea yet Michael Laudrup's side was unable to provide the quality in the final third that hadn't been there all game. West Ham held out to secure a narrow win that eased the pressure on boss Sam Allardyce.

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West Ham

22
Jussi Jaaskelainen
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Winston Reid
Defender
3.50
5
James Tomkins
Defender
3.00
17
Joey O'Brien
Midfielder
3.00
4
Kevin Nolan
Midfielder
91′
3.50
7
Matthew Jarvis
Midfielder
62′
2.50
14
Matthew Taylor
Midfielder
2.50
16
Mark Noble
Midfielder
77′
3.00
21
Mohamed Diame
Midfielder
86′
3.00
9
Andy Carroll
Striker
77′
4.00
12
3.50

Swansea City

4.00
25
2.50
4
Chico
Defender
91′
2.50
6
3.00
22
3.00
33
Ben Davies
Defender
2.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
57′
2.50
9
Michu
Midfielder
3.00
11
1.50
15
3.00
20
3.00
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder

Substitutes

30
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2
3.00
-
Jack Collison
Midfielder
 - 
26
Joe Cole
Midfielder
62′
3.00
26
Gary O'Neil
Midfielder
86′
3.00
9
 - 
29
 - 

Substitutes

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13
David Cornell
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
3.00
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
75′
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14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50
8
Luke Moore
Striker
57′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2