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Swansea City beaten by West Ham

By Sport_Steve  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

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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.    

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  • smart-ass  |  February 02 2013, 6:43PM

    Luckily a lot of the other results went our way today so we have not dropped any places and I predict we will probably finish higher than west ham regardless. Liverpool have Man City Tomorrow West Brom have Tottenham. Fulham will probably lose to Man Utd within the next 90 mins. If we are going to lose a game, this was not a bad weekend to lose it on, so I am not overly bothered, no point dwelling on it. I am more concerned Michu gets back on the scoring sheet rather than a 35 million pound giant heading the ball in from a cross.

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  • naterab  |  February 02 2013, 5:35PM

    A few things to take away from the game. 1. We need to stop playing at the level of the competition. Swansea is a better team than West Ham. How can we play so well over two legs against Chelsea but look absolutely lackluster against West Ham, and to a lesser extent, even Sunderland? Swansea needs to play with that fire against every team. 2. Swansea gave up on the possession game. After a good first part of the first half with great possession, Swansea decided to try to play long balls in the air. That strategy was doomed to fail against a team that is leagues superior to us in the air. Also, Tremmel needs to start building out of the back instead of knocking the ball up field. Again, they're just taller than us. 3. The midfield was dreadful today. Giving away possession, not creating any chances, they just looked apathetic. 4. In the summer Laudrup needs to get a real striker and a really good midfielder. Come on you Swans, don't let up on the gas this late in the season and just before the Capital One Cup.