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.
A decent mix of defensive aggression and subtlety led to him dealing with Swansea’s usually energetic forward movement very capably.
The unconventional nature of Michu’s front play ended up proving a bit of a dream ticket, with the center half rarely troubled.
Advanced well down the right without ever really being threatened defensively.
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.
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.
Provided real energy and drive in the middle, though his team’s more refined moments – though they were few – came from elsewhere.
Looked to dictate play from deep but was bypassed too often to do so.
Was embarrassed by Hernandez when the winger decided to turn it on, with two first-half nutmegs leading to Swansea’s best chances.
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 Té
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.
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.
Fared better against Carroll by dropping off, though more often found himself tasked with tracking runners from deep who fed off Carroll’s scraps.
Was bullied at times by Carroll and could find few ways to effectively subdue the striker or negate the service into him.
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.
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.
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.
Struggled to get going with his usually clinical finishing found wanting from the couple of half-chances he did sniff out.
Couldn’t ever really get a foothold in the game as large parts passed him by totally.
A real mixed bag, spending long periods looking simply uninterested before jumping to life to provide real sparks down the left flank.
Looked assured on the ball and attempted to drive forward but found dead-ends everywhere
J. de Guzmán
Buzzed around industriously but was never able to generate attacks of any significance.