SWANSEA City were beaten 1-0 by West Ham at Upton Park as they failed to score for the fourth time in five games.
Andy Carroll struck the all important goal 13 minutes from time when he headed in Mark Noble's corner after wriggling free of Ashley Williams.
That was no more than the hosts deserved after dominating the game and having the better scoring opportunities.
Michael Laudrup's side only stayed in the game for so long thanks to goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel.
The German, in for injured first choice Michel Vorm, made a string of fine saves to keep Sam Allardyce's side at bay.
In the first half, Kevin Nolan was twice denied by the former Salzburg man, while he also thwarted Ricardo Vaz Te.
Tremmel continued to frustrate the Hammers after the break, expertly denying Andy Carroll with his foot.
Just as it looked like Swansea might hang on for a point, England striker Carroll pounced to score his second West Ham goal.
Swansea desperately pushed for a way back into the game and came close to scoring in the dying minutes.
First, a long range effort from Nathan Dyer was blocked and looped up in the area where there was no white shirt to poke it home.
Then, Chico headed across goal and Jussi Jaaskelainen claimed the ball in front of Luke Moore to prevent the substitute from equalising.