WEST HAM UNITED v SWANSEA CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2013
REFEREE: LEE PROBERT
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Final score - West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
92 mins - We're into four minutes of added time and Big Sam replaces Nolan with Pogatetz. Nice time to make your debut! He is on at left-back. West Ham survive another Swansea raid and Carroll does brilliantly to hold off his man and win a free-kick. Jaaskelainen hoofs the ball upfield and it goes out for a throw near the corner flag. Perfect. Noble intercepts the clearance and Carroll holds the ball up again near the flag. Swansea win it back but as the clearance goes upfield, the final whistle is blown! West Ham pick up a very welcome win and their first three-point haul since New Year's Day! We'll have exclusive post-match reaction from Big Sam and the players on West Ham TV and whufc.com soon!
90 mins - Vaz Te loses the ball and all of a sudden it is panic stations. West Ham are sitting too deep here. They somehow escape twice with a miraculous goalline clearance followed by a save from Jaaskelainen from Vaz Te! The No12 dived in to try and clear in front of two Swansea players at the far post. The ball is hacked clear and Noble does superbly after good hold-up play by Carroll and Nolan. Chico Flores fouls the No16 and is booked.
88 mins - Good ball down the line by O'Brien and Vaz Te's cross hits a defender and goes behind for a welcome corner. Noble to take... He lifts it in and it is walloped over the top by Reid.
86 mins - The clock seems to be ticking very slowly. Big Sam makes a change as Mo Diame is replaced by Gary O'Neil. The No32 is calm and composed in possession. Diame gets a good cheer on his way off.
84 mins - A couple of moments of concern but Taylor and Reid stand firm. It is a bit nervy, I must admit. It's been a while since West Ham kept a clean sheet...
80 mins - Swansea will know they only need to create one chance, especially with Michu on the pitch. It is Ki, though, who works the goalkeeper with a low drive. Jaaskelainen parries and Davies gets to the follow-up ahead of O'Brien. He shoots low and the Finn gets down well and holds on this time.
78 mins - Inches away from a second! Carroll wins the ball back and Cole crosses from deep. The ball bounces past the Swansea defence and is just too strong for Vaz Te.
77 mins - GOAL! Super Andy Carroll! Noble's corner is a good one and Carroll loses Williams and powers the downward header into the net. They fully deserve it. Carroll runs off with his arms outstretched towards the Bobby Moore Stand. He has been outstanding today.
76 mins - A Williams clearing header falls to Taylor. He finds Cole, who wins a corner off Rangel.
75 mins - Swansea bring on Nathan Dyer for Routledge.
74 mins - Was that handball? It must be deliberate and did Chico Flores move his arm towards the ball from Vaz Te's poke. Nothing given.
73 mins - This has been a very good performance by West Ham. They are working hard and not allowing Swansea to settle at all.
71 mins - How are West Ham not ahead? First, Carroll is denied from Reid's pass by Tremmel's boot. Then, Vaz Te crosses low and hard and Diame's acrobatic effort bounces over the top. Unbelievable. One decent finish and West Ham would be in front - and deservedly so.
69 mins - Diame does well initially to hold off his man but then drags a shot low and wide from 20 yards. He is giving it a proper go, is the Senegal man.
67 mins - If only he had got his head over the ball! O'Brien does well down the left to work an opening for Vaz Te to cross. He whips it in and Carroll causes havoc. The ball drops to Diame, but he slashes his left-foot shot high over the top from 12 yards. Good chance.
65 mins - A chance at the other end this time as Nolan plays in Vaz Te. Davies does superbly again to track the run of the No12 and make a fantastic last-ditch tackle. He is going to be some player, the teenager.
64 mins - He's not had a sniff all match and now he's had two in 60 seconds. This time Taylor is beaten by Hernandez and the Spaniard crosses for his compatriot and the forward heads over.
63 mins - Carroll twice fails to release Taylor but West Ham regain possession. A long diagonal ball in looks dangerous but Davies does brilliantly under pressure. Swansea break and the through ball sends Michu away inside the West Ham half. He is forced slightly wide and shoots well off-target with his left foot.
62 mins - Jarvis is replaced by Joe Cole. The No26 gets a proper rousing reception. To be fair, Jarvis got a good round of applause on his way off.
61 mins - I think Joe Cole might be on soon. Before then, Jarvis crosses and Carroll stretches and heads wide of the target.
58 mins - Hernandez's free-kick is on target and Jaaskelainen parries away to safety. Hernandez races to the touchline and keeps the ball in before beating Vaz Te and Diame and crossing low. The ball is cleared behind for a corner. This time Reid bravely heads clear and is hurt. Mr Probert blows his whistle and the physio comes on. I think Reid will be OK, but it was a head injury so the game had to be stopped.
56 mins - Swansea show for the first time this half. Routledge wins a corner. Tomkins heads the corner out as far as Britton, who is tripped by Diame. Britton is then replaced by Luke Moore. He clearly had not overcome that earlier knock.
55 mins - West Ham on top since the break. Reid is cynically fouled after winning the ball from Ki in midfield. Tomkins lifts the ball in and Tremmel collects at the second attempt.
52 mins - Carroll should hit the target at least there. He combines with Nolan first and then allows Diame's pass to elude him and find Jarvis. The winger cuts the ball back and Carroll has space and time, but fires his first-time effort a couple of yards over the crossbar.
51 mins - Britton is back on, but he doesn't look 100 per cent. We will have to watch that one.
48 mins - Good from Vaz Te, who beats two challenges before working Tremmel with a left-foot shot. The German just keeps the ball out as it nearly rolled through his legs! We are going to have a stoppage as Britton is sat on the turf. He hurt himself trying to tackle Vaz Te there. After a minute or so, he jumps up and gingerly walks to the touchline.
47 mins - Diame collects ands tries to spin clear of Williams, who holds him back. Free-kick given by the referee Lee Probert. It's about 40 yards from the Swansea goal. Noble aims for Carroll but it's headed clear.
46 mins - The second half is underway...
Swansea are out first. Jack Collison has a quick chat with Wales international colleague Ashley Williams as he trots off. Here come the Hammers...
Half-time score - West Ham United 0-0 Swansea City
47 mins - That's half-time. West Ham have had by far the better chances. They will be a tad disappointed not to be ahead.
45 mins - Diame finds Vaz Te in space on the left after Tomkins had halted a Swansea counter. Vaz cuts inside and sends in a rasping shot that Tremmel dives and pushes around the post. The corner is headed clear. Into one minute of added time.
43 mins - Swansea are ending the half on the offensive as Hernandez beats Taylor and Noble slides in to block the low cross. Nolan heads De Guzman's corner away but the Swans are still attacking. They win a throw off Carroll.
39 mins - Carroll is having a superb game. He wins another free-kick on halfway from Williams. Unfortunately he falls over trying to get on the end of the resulting free-kick.
36 mins - Vaz Te lifts in a cross and Carroll does brilliantly to flick it on with his back to goal. Nolan reacts quickest and fires the first-time shot left-footed from 16 yards. Tremmel is there again, making the save with his hands diving to his left. Nolan cannot believe it!
33 mins - I think Rangel is lucky not to see yellow there as he cynically trips Vaz Te on halfway. He knew what he was doing there, and even gets a high-five from Chico Flores as he retakes his position in the back four. Tomkins lifts the free-kick into the box and the offside flag goes up, I think against Nolan.
31 mins - Noble does well in midfield and lifts the ball on to Diame - well, not on to him, but into his path. Diame finds Jarvis, who cuts inside and crosses. The ball drops to Vaz Te, but he cannot get a shot away and Carroll can only block a clearance behind for a goal kick. It is ebbing and flowing, is this game.
29 mins - A patient period of possession from the Swans ends with an interception on the edge of the box from Reid. Jarvis finds Carroll, who is fouled on halfway. Taylor lifts the free-kick into the box and it breaks for Vaz Te, who wins a corner. Come on West Ham! Taylor's corner is to the far post and Tomkins is there, but heads over the top.
26 mins - Hernandez wins the battle this time, beating Taylor along the byline before cutting inside. His cross is cut out by Nolan but goes back to the No11, whose shot is blocked. Moments later, Jaaskelainen has to be out quickly and bravely to gather ahead of Davies.
24 mins - West Ham come close again as the ball spins in the air when Nolan's cross is blocked. Carroll volleys across goal but Rangel is there to clear from the edge of his own six-yard box. Swansea break and Taylor does well to get the ball back to Jaaskelainen under pressure from Hernandez.
21 mins - So close! Brilliant football opens up Swansea. Vaz Te and Noble combine before O'Brien spins away from Davies brilliantly. He crosses to the near post and Nolan is there. He catches his first-time shot well but Tremmel makes a fine save low to his right. Head in hands for the skipper, whose next goal will be the 100th of his career.
19 mins - Jaaskelainen makes a good catch from a cross from De Guzman before rolling the ball out for Diame to run on to. He has four white shirts around him so tries to find Carroll. He does, but the big man is offside.
17 mins - De Guzman has the ball again about 30 yards out. Again he shoots and again he finds the Bobby Moore Stand.
16 mins - Good from Carroll. The goal kick is chested down by the No8 and he turns and finds Diame. The midfielder collects and shoots from 22 yards. Tremmel might be deceived by a tiny deflection, but he gets his body behind it and then pounces on the ball before it can squirm too far away.
15 mins - Swansea have a chance to shoot as Nolan concedes a free-kick about 30 yards out. De Guzman has a reputation for being a dead-ball specialist, but he curls his shot over the wall and about five yards wide.
14 mins - Carroll does superbly to win the ball back by the left touchline. He holds it up and then finds Taylor, whose cross bounces dangerously across the box. The ball is worked back to Noble, but his shot is high and flies into the stand. He was leaning back a bit, the No16.
12 mins - Swansea are so easy on the eye. It's all movement and short passes. Very fluid. They are clearly very confident at present, too.
9 mins - Hernandez tries to latch on to a header from Michu but Taylor defends well again, getting his body in the way. Swansea keep up the pressure but the Hammers survive a couple of balls into the box before clearing their lines through Taylor's left foot.
8 mins - Vaz Te is booked for a sliding challenge on Routledge on halfway. It wasn't malicious, but he did catch the winger.
7 mins - Aston Villa lead 1-0 at Everton. That's a turn-up for the books. There looks to be trouble as De Guzman is one-on-one with Reid, but the Kiwi recovers and West Ham force Swansea back to halfway. Good defending.
5 mins - Better. Noble spreads play wide right for O'Brien. His initial cross is headed out but O'Brien collects again and finds Noble. He lays the ball back to Reid, who lifts it into the box for Carroll. He nods down for Nolan, whose shot is deflected wide. Decent play. Tremmel comes out and punches Noble's corner to safety.
3 mins - A long diagonal ball from Williams is aimed at Hernandez but Taylor is there and chests the ball neatly back to the goalkeeper. West Ham attack down their left through Diame. He tries to win a corner off Rangel, but the ball hits the No21 and goes behind for a goal kick.
2 mins - Not much to report so far. A through ball for Michu that was collected by Jaaskelainen is all that has happened so far in terms of attacking play.
3pm - We are off and running...
2.59pm - Huddle time for Swansea, dressed all in white. West Ham are in claret and blue, as you would expect. Swansea will kick-off through Michu and De Guzman.
2.55pm - Five minutes until kick-off here. It has clouded over here in east London and we may even get a bit of rain before the game is out. The floodlights are on and the stadium is filling up quickly. It's another sellout and I'm sure the atmosphere will be rocking very shortly. As I type, 'Bubbles' starts to play and the two teams emerge led by captains Nolan and Williams.
2.50pm - Joe Cole has been voted SBOBET Player of the Month for January. The No26 has made an encouraging return to life as a Hammer, setting up two goals on his second 'debut' against Manchester United in the FA Cup before scoring a second-half equaliser against QPR here a fortnight ago.
2.40pm - Bad news of sorts from Loftus Road, where Norwich City's goalless draw at QPR has taken them above West Ham into 13th place. A point would take the Hammers back above the Canaries. QPR remain bottom, having collected 17 points from 25 games played.
2.35pm - If you'd like a digital copy of today's Official Programme, you can download it from itunes now for just £1.99 here. The digital issue contains everything that is in the print edition, plus exclusive video content, including an interview with Jack Collison and highlights from the Development Squad's 2-0 win at Arsenal on Monday.
2.20pm - West Ham's loanees are also in action this afternoon. In the npower Championship, Birmingham City's Rob Hall and Ravel Morrison host Nottingham Forest, while Stephen Henderson's Ipswich Town host Middlesbrough. In League Two, Paul McCallum's AFC Wimbledon play host to Burton Albion. Blair Turgott will not feature for Bradford City, as he is on England U19 duty ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Denmark at Doncaster Rovers.
2.10pm - The team news is in! West Ham make three changes from the starting XI which lost 3-1 at Fulham on Wednesday. In come Taylor, Vaz Te and Carroll, with the injured Demel, Joe Cole and Chamakh dropping out.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Taylor, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Carroll
Subs: Spiegel, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Collison, J.Cole, C.Cole, Chamakh
Swansea City: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton, Ki, De Guzman, Hernandez, Routledge, Michu
Subs: Cornell, Tiendalli, Dyer, Lamah, Monk, Shechter, Moore
1.50pm - News from Little Heath, where West Ham United have continued their unbeaten start to the Barclays U18 Premier League Tier One Stage with a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. Steve Potts' side fell a goal behind on 70 minutes, but substitute forward Nana Boakye-Yiadom struck a late equaliser. That's four points from two games since Christmas.
1.45pm - Will Emanuel Pogatetz be handed his Hammers debut? Will Andy Carroll or Carlton Cole return to the starting XI? We will know very soon. Just to let you know, tickets are selling fast for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday 25 February. The night will see the club mark the 20th anniversary since the passing of Bobby Moore, with a special 100-page Official Programme being produced and a large number of special guests being invited back to the Boleyn Ground. To order tickets now, click here.
1.30pm - Just 30 minutes until the teams are confirmed. If you want to have a chance to win the official teamsheets, have a guess at our starting XI on our official twitter feed using the hashtag #WHULIVE
1.15pm - You can view a gallery of behind the scenes images on our official Facebook page here. Among today's images are those of 1966 FIFA World Cup hero Martin Peters, who has conducted a lovely interview with Ken Dyer as part of our tribute to Bobby Moore, who will be honoured at the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on 25 February.
Good afternoon and welcome to a sunny Boleyn Ground for today's Barclays Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Swansea City.
It's a lovely bright and crisp winter's day in east London as the Hammers look to extend their unbeaten home run to a fourth game. Sam Allardyce's men have defeated Norwich City and drawn with Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers in recent weeks.
Nineteen of the Hammers' 27 points have been earned at home, so they'll be happy to return to the Boleyn Ground following a 3-1 defeat at Fulham in midweek.
West Ham haven't taken on the Swans in a home fixture since January 1999, when the two teams battled out a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup third round fixture.
Since then, the South Wales side have enjoyed a remarkable rise through the leagues and Michael Laudrup's side are currently in their second season back in the top flight.
The manager who got them there, Brendan Rodgers, moved on to Liverpool in the summer, but Laudrup has picked up the reins in some style, leading the club to their first ever major final when they saw off Chelsea in last month's Capital One Cup semi-finals.
Swansea have a perfectly symmetrical away record in the league this season, having won four, drawn four and lost four of their 12 road trips to date. They currently sit eighth in the league table with 34 points from 24 starts.
Team news-wise, Andy Carroll is pushing for a starting place in the Hammers line up after making his comeback from a knee injury with a 14-minute substitute appearance against Fulham in midweek. James Collins and George McCartney remain sidelined, but new loan arrival Emanuel Pogatetz will be hoping for his first involvement.
Swansea could be without first choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm, so Gehard Tremmel is ready to continue in goal, while Neil Taylor and Kemy Agustien are out with ankle problems. Striker Danny Graham, meanwhile, was sold to Sunderland on transfer deadline day.
Kick-off is at 3pm and we'll have team news just after 2pm, with the teams announced first @whufc_official