SWANSEA CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2013
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD
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Full-time: Swansea City 0-0 West Ham United
90+5 mins: That's it as Dowd blows his whistle to signify the end of the game. West Ham enjoyed the better of the first half and could well have been in front at the break, but couldn't create as much after the break. Defensively sound again, a draw was probably the right result in the end. We'll have reaction from Big Sam and the players on the website shortly.
90+3 mins Huge penalty shouts for the Swans now as Joe Cole looks to use his arm in blocking a Dyer cross. Referee Dowd rules the contact to be accidental and it's only a corner, which Carlton Cole heads clear.
90+2 mins Late chance for the Hammers as Tomkins' free kick from deep is met by Carlton Cole inside the area. His back header flies towards the goal, but Vorm is able to spring to his right and clutch the ball.
90 mins The fourth official signals that a minimum of four minutes of added time will be played.
87 mins It's getting a little tetchy out there and Joe Cole picks up a yellow card after flattening Hernandez.
86 mins Into the final five minutes at the Liberty Stadium. Time's running out for either team to find a winner.
83 mins Needless stuff from Chico there. He goes to ground after a challenge with Carlton Cole, rolls around and clutches his face. When it's clear he isn't going to be awarded a free kick he gets to his feet and looks to have words with Sam Allardyce by the touchline. Order is quickly restored though and the game is swiftly back underway.
79 mins Delightful stuff from Swansea winger Hernandez, who rids himself of the attentions of Jarvis before standing a cross up to the far post, where Demel is waiting to knock behind. Tomkins nods the corner clear and West Ham can now build again from the goal kick.
77 mins It's time for West Ham to make their final change of the afternoon. Ravel Morrison's work for the afternoon is done and Joe Cole will play the final 13 minutes in his place.
75 mins Big chance for Jarvis as Morrison nods on inside the area and Carlton Cole's knock takes Vorm out of the equation. The Hammers winger is able to get the header in but cannot keep it under the crossbar. Still 0-0.
73 mins Ravel Morrison concedes a cheap free kick on the right touchline, and de Guzman delivers really dangerously, but Tomkins does really well to stretch his neck muscles and divert the ball away from danger.
70 mins Reid stands up to the task this time, sticking to Michu like glue as he tries to engineer space for a shot. It's another corner though and the ball drops nicely for Bony, but Jaaskelainen produces a stunning reaction stop to deny to recently introduced sub.
69 mins Good harrying from Rat, who is quickly across to block from Michu as the Swans work the ball to their dangerman. It's a corner for the hosts, which is nodded out by the near post as the Hammers continue to stand firm.
66 mins Meanwhile Swansea elect to make another change, with Wilfried Bony coming off the bench to replace Vazquez in attack.
65 mins Angel Rangel goes into the book for the Swans, bringing down Razvan Rat as the Hammers looked to press ontowards goal. Rat looks winded, but will be able to continue.
63 mins Chico Flores brings down Mo Diame right in front of the dug outs and the linesman immediately flags for a free kick. It is a foul, but the defender thinks otherwise and reacts to the decision with a show of frustration before making a hasty retreat to his position. It turns out to be Diame's last involvement, as West Ham call for Carlton Cole from the bench.
62 mins Swansea's Vazquez gets a sighting of the Hammers goal when he picks up the ball 25 yards out, but he cuts across the shot too much and it is not a problem for Jaaskelainen as it passes comfortably past his near post.
61 mins Swansea make their first change of the afternoon, Pablo Hernandez taking to the field to replace Wayne Routledge.
60 mins The Hammers are clearly targeting Vorm under their looping crosses, and he struggles to deal with another one, before the Hammers recycle the ball and this time he is awarded a free kick with Nolan backing into him.
57 mins Swansea are again dominating in terms of possession, but they are producing little from it, and another lengthy run of time on the ball ends when Vazquez is robbed by Reid on the edge of the box.
54 mins Heart in mouth time for the Hammers as Dyer wriggles clear down the right. Reid tries in vain to halt his charge and his low cross is only inches away from being perfect for Vazquez. He can't quite reach it and the visitors escape.
52 mins The Swans are not finding their range with their passing though - a loose one from Jarvis is seized on halfway, but Michu puts too much on the ball when trying to slip Vazquez in and it runs harmlessly through to Jaaskelainen.
50 mins That's a good press from the home side, as Tomkins is forced to go long with his clearance. Britton recovers the ball and passes to Dyer, whose cross is nodded out by Reid. West Ham have to be careful when in possession near their goal.
47 mins Vazquez goes down rather theatrically in the box with Rat in close attendance. Nothing doing for referee Dowd though and Jaaskelainen clears with the goal kick.
46 mins We're back underway here at Swansea. The half time stats showed the Hammers had ten shots to the hosts' two. More of the same would surely see West Ham break the deadlock in the second period.
45+2 mins The half time whistle blows and it's still scoreless at the Liberty Stadium. A half of encouragement for the Hammers though, who have looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Join us in 15 minutes for the second period.
45+1 mins It's still the Hammers who are forcing the issue here and Jarvis leaves Rangel in his wake before cutting back towards the penalty spot. Nolan wraps his foot around the ball to strike for goal, but the ball flies wide. The delivery was slightly behind the skipper and he may have been better off letting it run through to Morrison, who was waiting behind him.
45 mins We'll have two minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
44 mins West Ham's set piece delivery is causing the Swans no end of problems and Downing's free kick from the right touchline has the pace and direction on it which forces Vorm to stay on his line, but Diame can't make the most of the chance at the far post.
42 mins A great touch from Morrison allows Downing to drive inside and at the heart of the Swans. He spreads the ball wide to Jarvis, but his cross his headed away. As the Swans break, Morrison stops their progress by committing a foul and he becomes the first man to go into referee Phil Dowd's book.
41 mins Half time is rapidly approaching and the Hammers will feel that they may well have got a goal from the first part of this game.
37 mins Diame makes another burst down the right channel and looks to cut inside from his flank, but just overruns the ball, which allows de Guzman to come across and boot it out for a Hammers throw.
34 mins The Hammers are able to make the change now, and Matt Jarvis is the man to replace Vaz Te on the left hand side.
33 mins It looks like a wrist problem for Vaz Te, who is being led around the touchline by the Hammers medical staff. He won't be able to continue.
30 mins Swansea have been hemmed in for much of the last ten minutes, but they manage to escape and win a corner when Rangel's attempted low cross squirts off Noble and behind. The flag kick comes to nothing though and West Ham manage to escape that brief moment of alarm. Meanwhile Vaz Te has gone down after defending that cornr and is receiving treatment off the pitch while the game continues.
27 mins West Ham break again with Diame striding forward from midfield. Downing makes a good run on his outside, but the No21 decides to take on an ambitious shot from range and the ball flies over, much to Big Sam's frustration. The visitors looking the more likely at the moment.
25 mins Vorm is more decisive this time in coming out to punch Noble's corner, but the ball drops to Downing, whose fierce shot is deflected behind. From the corner another goalbound shot is blocked, this time from Morrison. Strong stuff from the Hammers, who go close again from the following corner, with Demel's header from close in only just clearing the crossbar.
23 mins Michel Vorm is a lucky man, he comes out to try and claim Razvan Rat's free kick from deep, but it beaten to it by Kevin Nolan. The skipper's back header is goalbound, but Rangel follows in to hook clear from the line. A real let off for the goalkeeper, who will be thankful for his defender's diligence.
21 mins The Hammers win a free kick midway inside the Swansea half for a foul on Noble by Routledge. He delivers himself, but the home defender crowd out the box and the ball dribbles behind for a goal kick.
18 mins The replays of Jaaskelainen's save show that he blocked it with his chest. He may not have known too much about it, but he was perfectly positioned to make the stop - a crucial one too.
17 mins Great chance for Swansea as the corner comes in from the right and Chico Flores powers a header towards goal but Jaaskelainen make an instinctive stop to keep it at 0-0. The Hammers then break quickly and Vaz Te slips Morrison in, but he slides the shot wide of the far post from an angle. The game's starting to open up as the rain lashes down.
16 mins That's where Swansea are dangerous, on the quick turnover and after Downing is dispossessed by Taylor inside his own half they move on the Hammers defence with purpose. Routledge makes his way towards the box and looks to slide the ball across, but Tomkins cuts it out.
14 mins Jussi Jaaskelainen is called into action for the first time, but it's a routine save for the Finn as he dives down to his left to stop a Vazquez header after Routledge's delightful outside of the foot cross picks him out 15 yards from goal. It was a difficult one for the Swans man as he had to generate the pace on the header himself.
12 mins The game has had a fairly sedate pace to it so far with Swansea measured in their approach to attacking. Rangel looks to up the tempo driving in from right back, but loses the ball in Hammers territory, allowing the visitors to clear through Diame.
9 mins Downing is allowed to shift the ball onto his left foot in the outside right position again, and with space opening up in front of him he shoots for goal from 25 yards. It takes a bounce and skips off the turf, but Vorm is watchful with his save and gathers the ball into his midriff.
7 mins At the other end Stewart Downing runs forcefully into the area, skips past Taylor and drills low towards the near post, but Vorm gets down to turn the ball around the post. From the resulting corner, Downing delivers into the six yard box and the ball is allowed to drop. Demel reacts first, but has to stretch to reach it and can only prod over the top. Promising signs from the visitors.
5 mins Swansea build another spell of possession and Rangel looks for de Guzman inside the area, but he can't bring the ball under his spell at chest height and it runs away from him.
3 mins West Ham look to build their first attacks of the afternoon and Downing and Noble combine to clip a ball over to the advancing Demel down the right. Left back Neil Taylor sticks to the task well to block off Demel's options and he cannot get the cross away.
1 min The Hammers contingent respond with a rendition of Bubbles as Swansea enjoy the early possession knocking the ball around at the back. Ashley Williams then knocks a diagonal ball out to the right, but the Hammers nick it back through Nolan and that attack fizzles out.
4pm Swansea's Alvaro Vazquez and Michu get us underway, to a tremendous reception from the home crowd.
3.58pm Meanwhile the rain seems to have abated just in time for kick-off. The two captains are going through the pre-match formalities right now.
3.57pm The Hammers are in sky shorts today with the usual claret and blue shirts - as Swansea are in all-white.
3.56pm The players make their way out of the tunnel, West Ham led by skipper Kevin Nolan. It's almost time for kick-off!
3.52pm We'll be describing all the action this afternoon right here, and you can also head over to our Official Facebook Page for a live photo gallery.
3.50pm The wind has been howling ever since we arrived in Swansea this afternoon and now the heavens have opened too. Not the nicest conditions for a football match!
3.30pm The Hammers are sporting commemorative t-shirts in the warm-up this afternoon, as they play their part in the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.
Stewart Downing, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan are put through their paces
3.02pm The teams are in and Sam Allardyce names the same starting XI for a third successive Premier League clash. Carlton Cole is once again named among the subsitutes, while Modibo Maiga replaces Mladen Petric on the bench.
As for the hosts, skipper Ashley Williams makes his return from injury, while Getafe loanee Alvaro Vazquez is preferred to Wilfried Bony in attack.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Nolan, Tomkins, Rat, Vaz Te, Morrison, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing
Subs: Adrian, Jarvis, Maiga, Taylor, O'Brien, C.Cole, J.Cole
Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Vazquez
Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Canas, Pozuelo, Hernandez, Bony
2.40pm The Hammers have arrived at an already windy Liberty Stadium, where the coach drives straight in, quite literally!
We shall bring you all the team news as soon as we have it, but in the meantime, head over to Twitter to predict the Hammers XI for this afternoon's encounter.
West Ham United make a grand entrance
A very good afternoon and welcome to the Liberty Stadium where West Ham United are bidding to make it successive away wins in the Barclays Premier League.
The Hammers last took to the road on Sunday 6 October, when a memorable 3-0 win at White Hart Lane notched a first away victory of the campaign. Last time out, however, they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground, with Ricardo Vaz Te's acrobatic effort all that the Hammers had to show for their efforts.
Sam Allardyce's men have conceded just once away from home this season, courtesy of a Robbie Brady penalty in a 1-0 defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium. Incredibly, they are yet to concede from open play on their travels.
Meanwhile, the players will sport t-shirts celebrating the 150th anniversary of the FA during the pre-match warm-up.
In this fixture last year, Swansea ran out 3-0 winners at the Liberty Stadium in Michael Laudrup's second game in charge. The Dane has steered the Swans to eleventh place after eight league games, five places above the Hammers, though an away win will see the Hammers leapfrog today's hosts.
The sides last met in February at the Boleyn Ground, when a second-half Andy Carroll header earned the Hammers all three points in a 1-0 win.
Last time out, Swansea recorded a 4-0 win over Sunderland to record their first home win of the campaign, though they have been plagued by inconsistency to date, with two wins and a pair of defeats in their last four outings.