WEST HAM UNITED v SWANSEA CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2014
REFEREE: HOWARD WEBB
Final score - West Ham United 2-0 Swansea City
95: Final whistle. West Ham win through two Nolan goals assisted by Carroll. The England striker was then sent-off after his arm caught Chico on the head. It was a fairly glancing blow, but enough for Mr Webb to produce the red card. It remains to be seen if West Ham will appeal the decision. After that, the Hammers produced another defensive masterclass to keep their eleventh clean sheet of the season and pick up three points, their first home win of 2014 and get themselves out of the bottom three for now. We'll have all the exclusive reaction and more on whufc.com, our social media channels and West Ham TV. Thanks for joining us.
94: I should say our Match Sponsors Beaurologic Recruitment have voted James Collins their Man of the Match. Swansea win a corner, take it short and West Ham clear again. Swansea have one last attack and De Guzman drags a shot well wide. Goal kick and that's surely it.
93: Take a bow Mark Noble. You have been absolutely immense. He makes a block, then a tackle, goes to ground injured, gets up, makes another challenge and then chases Swansea away from the penalty area. Fantastic play.
91: Four minutes of added time to be played. West Ham have been so well-organised and disciplined. I'm not sure Adrian has had a serious save to make so far.
89: Nocerino collects in midfield and makes 40 yards before finding Downing. Good stuff. McCartney then holds the ball by the corner flag for a while. No issue with that.
88: McCartney concedes another corner. Routledge takes and Cole heads powerfully clear at the near post.
87: Nolan is replaced by Nocerino. He hands the armband to Noble and claps the crowd as he makes his way off. A home debut for the No47.
86: De Guzman clips in a cross and this time Tomkins heads out. Swansea pass, pass, pass and pass some more before Downing blocks Routledge's cross behind. Routledge's corner is headed clear of the box, then Pablo runs the ball out for a goal kick. Loud cheers.
84: Routledge crosses from the right. McCartney header. Routledge crosses from the right. Reid header. Clipped ball into the box by Pozuelo. Overhead from Bony. Wide. Goal kick. And breathe...!
83: Another Swansea cross drifts away for a goal kick. The home fans break into 'Bubbles'. Swansea now have two up front. Pozuelo and Routledge are in attacking midfield positions, the full-backs are pushed high, but can they get back in it?
80: Collins heads the corner over his own crossbar. West Ham deal with the second one, but McCartney loses out. Pozuelo receives wide right and crosses. The ball takes a slight nick off a West Ham player and Bony fires well over. It's 5-3-1 for West Ham. Three centre-backs, two full-backs and Noble, Nolan and Downing in midfield.
79: Swansea win a corner off Demel. Before it can be taken, Taylor is replaced by Reid. Taylor walks to the touchline to warm applause. He has given his all yet again. Well done Matty. Come on then Winston, let's put this one to bed.
76: Dyer replaced by new signing Ngog for Swansea. Winston Reid will be on soon. First, Noble wins a free-kick. He's been immense again this afternoon.
75: Swansea are probing and passing around the edge of the West Ham penalty area, but the home side are staying disciplined. Adrian collects the latest through ball.
72: Demel battles well before finding Downing, who is felled by Davies. The home fans want a red card! It's just a free-kick, which is curled over, flicked on by Cole and cleared for a throw on halfway by Tiendalli.
70: Pablo on for Shelvey, who appeared to injure his hamstring a few minutes back.
69: Tiendalli's cross and Adrian's catch. I don't mind that. West Ham do have an attack as Noble picks out Cole. Taylor crosses from the left and Downing initially controls before losing out to Davies and Swansea clear their lines.
68: Some respite for the Hammers as Downing and Noble combine, but Noble's ball over the top is too close to Williams, who ushers it back to Tremmel.
67: Swansea win another corner, but McCartney leaps high to head clear this time. Dyer comes again from a pass from Chico, but Taylor blocks his shot.
66: Swansea win a corner as Pozuelo's shot is deflected behind. Jarvis will be the man replaced by Cole, whose first job will be to man the near post from this corner. Demel wins the header and Taylor tries to run the ball out, but concedes a throw.
65: The home fans are letting Chico know what they think of him - in no uncertain terms...
64: Who will be sacrificed to make way for Cole?
62: Dyer wins a corner off Downing. Swansea replace Amat with the more positive Pozuelo. Carlton Cole is being readied.
62: West Ham are playing 4-5-0 at the moment. Surely they need someone to aim at up front?
61: Funnily enough, Chico is now completely recovered and fit to continue.
59: Carroll is sent-off! He jumps with Chico and the two get a bit tied up. Carroll swings around and his arm catches the Spaniard on the top of the head. It's not an elbow. Chico rolls aroundon the floor as if he's been hit by something harder than Carroll's arm. Mr Webb shows Carroll the red card. Unbelievable scenes. Can West Ham hold out?
58: Modibo Maiga has scored on his debut for QPR. The Hammers loanee has made it 3-3 with Burnley late on at Loftus Road.
55: Taylor makes a block from Shelvey's first-timer following a set-up from Dyer. The follow-up effort from De Guzman is deflected inches wide. Tomkins heads the initial corner out, but Swansea find Routledge and he wins another flag kick. This one is also headed clear before Downing allows a mis-placed Swansea pass out for a throw.
53: Dyer runs down the middle and tries to find Bony. The ball falls to Tiendalli, whose cross-shot is wild and scrambled out for a throw by Taylor. The cross comes in from Routledge and Downing can run the ball away.
52: West Ham working the ball down the right. Downing wins a throw, then Jarvis forces a corner. Downing's first effort is headed back behind again by a Swansea defender. The second is held by Tremmel, who immediately sends Dyer away.
50: That's a little bit ambitious from Bony, who collects with his back to goal, turns away from Tomkins and slices well wide from about 25 yards out on his left foot.
49: You would think a third West Ham goal would kill this game off, but at 2-0 it's still in the balance. The Hammers cannot afford to switch off or get complacent. Their hard work and pressing led to that second goal.
47: West Ham win a corner, which is cleared, but they're soon on the attack again from McCartney's long ball. Carroll and Jarvis working hard to win the ball back before Jarvis rounds Tremmel but is forced wide. He cuts the ball back along the line and Williams scrambles it behind to prevent Nolan getting his hat-trick. The corner is deep again, Carroll rises but heads behind.
46: No changes from either manager at the break and we're back off and running. Swansea kick-off. It's clouded over now, so Tremmel won't have the same issues as Adrian did before the break.
Half-time score - West Ham United 2-0 Swansea City
47: That's half-time and West Ham are roared off at the break. Good stuff. The job is only half-done, though, of course. Carroll and Nolan get the old boys' network back together to combine for two goals. Nolan has doubled his tally for the season to four, while Carroll has two assists.
46: GOAL! What a reward! Nolan again! Downing lifts the corner deep, Carroll heads back across goal and Nolan glances the header down and it bounces inside the post and in! What a great time to score. Carroll is mobbed. One minute of added time to be played.
45: Noble works hard and tries to find Downing. The ball drops to Carroll, whose first-time effort from 25 yards is straight at the goalkeeper. Swansea try to play out from the back again and Carroll swams all over Williams, sliding in to win a corner.
44: Downing wins a corner after collecting a throw from McCartney near the byline. Collins wins it this time, but the ball loops into the hands of Tremmel.
41: More audacious this time from the No9, who lets the ball drop and fires low and wide from about 30 yards.
40: Shelvey's free-kick hits the wall. Carroll then kicks the ball into his own face before Williams volleys over. Goal kick. Nice effort from Carroll, there.
39: Bony is a 'tank' according to fellow countryman Demel and he's involved again, winning a central free-kick from Collins about 28 yards out. Danger.
37: Former Hammers schoolboy Shelvey gets behind Demel and is in space, but he drags a shot across goal from the corner of the box. Collins was closing him down all the time.
35: Fantastic tackle from Tomkins. Fantastic tackle. Bony was through down the middle and had a yard on the No5, but he timed it superbly right on the edge of the box and got the ball. Mr Webb looks at it and waves 'Play on'. Big decision, but the right one.
33: Booking for Noble for a pull back on Bony after Taylor's mis-placed pass. The free-kick is curled into the box, but Downing can allow it to bounce through and out for a goal kick.
32: Close to a second there as Jarvis gets on the end of a fine reverse through ball from Noble, which cuts out Williams and Davies. Jarvis crosses from the byline but Downing cannot apply the finish.
31: De Guzman is the latest man to foul Jarvis. A chance to deliver from wide on the left. Collins rises but cannot connect.
30: Adrian's long free-kick is flicked on by Carroll this time, but it's too strong for Nolan and Tremmel can catch on the edge of his six-yard box.
28: Swansea seek an immediate response. The cross comes over from Dyer on the right and Collins heads over his own bar for a corner. The same player clears the ball, then we have some penalty area head tennis in the sunshine. West Ham do clear, then Routledge is flagged offside.
26: GOAL! There we go! McCartney races into space down the left, crosses diagonally from deep, Carroll heads down and Nolan controls on the thigh before firing the left-foot shot into the bottom right-hand corner! That was a cracking finish from Nolan.
25: I must say, this one hasn't been a classic so far in terms of goalmouth action! Both teams are cancelling each other out a bit, if I'm honest. Similar systems and a packed midfield mean there is not much space out there.
22: Dyer runs at McCartney, crosses low and Collins stretches to clear. Jarvis then gets a toe in and West Ham deal with it.
21: Jarvis is involved in the game a lot so far, coming short for the ball, winning free-kicks and taking on his man. Good to see.
19: Tomkins making a nuisance of himself in the Swansea box. First, he tries an overhead from Carroll's header but makes no contact under a challenge from Williams. When Downing crosses again from deep, Nolan heads down and Tomkins controls and volleys over with his left foot.
18: Amat finds Bony on the edge of the box. The Ivorian turns and tries to make a yard for the shot, but Tomkins tracks him well, blocks and McCartney clears up to halfway.
15: Taylor makes a good run into space down the right before finding Demel. He forces Routledge to put the ball behind. Collins flicks on Downing's corner but it is blocked. The ball comes back in again, but Swansea just about deal with it.
13: Jarvis and Downing have swapped wings. Downing now on the right.
11: West Ham on top and looking sharper than their visitors. Nolan takes a quick throw to Jarvis, who is barged over by Davies to the right of the penalty area. Downing and Noble over it... Noble clips it over and Tremmel has to punch. Jarvis retrieves and finds Taylor, whose cross is headed out by Amat and then Bony.
9: Noble collects and finds Demel wide right. He tries to beat Routledge, who does well initially before Swansea clear straight to Noble. He finds Downing, whose shot is blocked. Swansea clear and break through Dyer down the middle. Collins holds him up and Noble is back to take the ball away from Bony.
8: Swansea like to play out and it's not worked this time as Chico passes back, Carroll closes down Tremmel and the goalkeeper slices out for a throw.
6: To be honest, not a lot has happened so far! Jarvis is making a nuisance of himself down the right again, though, forcing Williams to hook out for a throw. From it, he gets behind Davies and crosses high for Carroll, who attacks it but heads wide under pressure from Chico.
4: Jarvis takes towards the penalty spot and the ball flicks off a Swansea head and the visitors clear.
3: Better. A corner for the Hammers as Jarvis forces Davies to put the ball behind following good battling from Nolan. A slight delay as Mr Webb talks to Nolan and Shelvey in front of the goalkeeper.
2: That sun is awkward. Routledge crosses from the left and Collins misses his header. Tomkins slices the clearance, too, but Downing is in quickly to collect and clear. Tiendalli crosses from the follow-up, but Tomkins deals with that one.
12.46pm: A minute or so late, Downing and Noble kick-off...
12.44pm: Swansea have turned things around and West Ham will attack the Bobby Moore Stand end in the first half. I cannot for the life of me remember the last time the Hammers did that. West Ham will kick-off. The low sun is in Adrian's eyes, too, which I'm sure also factored into their decision.
12.42pm: The two teams emerge into the sunshine, led by captains Nolan and Williams. The atmosphere is lively enough, considering it's not yet time for lunch!
12.40pm: The sun is shining and there are just a few fluffy clouds in the sky - as well as a few bubbles - but it is very cold here. In fact, the fingerless gloves have just come out of the bag. The players should be out very shortly...
12.30pm: Just 15 minutes to go until kick-off. Don't forget, you can view exclusive video and photo content on our social media platforms. Links to all can be found above!
12.10pm: The Hammers are out to warm-up. Winston Reid's name gets a loud cheer on his return to the matchday squad, as do those of new boys Borriello and Nocerino.
12noon: So, Swansea have not won here since 1956 and have tasted victory in east London just ONCE in 28 visits in all competitions. Reasons to be optimistic!
11:50am: The teams are in and the Hammers make just two changes from Wednesday's excellent goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The fit-again McCartney comes in for the side-lined O'Brien, while Jarvis replaces Diame, after his nasty collision with the hoardings in midweek. Winston Reid is back on the bench. Swansea replace Rangel with Tiendalli at right-back and draft in defensive midfielder Amat for the more offensive-minded Hernandez.
West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Downing, Noble, Taylor, Nolan (c), Jarvis, Carroll
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Morrison, C Cole, Johnson, Borriello, Nocerino
Swansea City: Tremmel, Flores, Tiendalli, Williams (c), Davies, Amat, Dyer, Shelvey, De Guzman, Routledge, Bony
Subs: Cornell, Britton, Rangel, Hernandez, Ngog, Lamah, Pozoelo
Good morning and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for today's lunch-time kick-off. If you're in the vicinity, there is still time to get down to the stadium and get yourself a ticket - it's Kids for a Quid, too!
West Ham United host Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League knowing a victory will be enough to lift them out of the relegation zone ahead of the weekend's other fixtures.
The Hammers will be hoping to follow up a superb goalless draw against Chelsea on Wednesday night with a first home league win since a 3-0 victory against Fulham on 30 November 2013. West Ham's only previous league win in 2014 also came against Welsh opposition in the shape of 2-0 win at Cardiff City on 11 January.
The Swans have however gone five away league games without a win, their last success on the road being a 2-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage on 23 November 2013. Swansea, meanwhile, scored their first win in nine league matches on Tuesday, when they defeated Fulham 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
That result has seen Michael Laudrup's team rise to eleventh place in the Premier League following their latest victory, five points and seven places above the Hammers.West Ham have been busy during the January transfer window, bringing in Italy internationals Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino on loan from AS Roma and AC Milan respectively, Colombia wing-back Pablo Armero on loan from SSC Napoli, Roger Johnson on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ivory Coast midfielder Abdoul Razak on a short-term contract and young striker Jaanai Gordon from Peterborough United.
Swansea have also been busy in the window, signing French forward David Ngog from Bolton Wanderers, midfielder Adam King from Heart of Midlothian, Jay Fulton from Falkirk and defender Raheem Hanley following his release by Blackburn Rovers. The Swans are also hoping to sign Marvin Emnes from Middlesbrough subject to clearance.
With regard to team news, West Ham could hand first starts to Nocerino and Borriello, Andy Carroll could start his first home league game of the season, while Winston Reid is back in the matchday squad for the first time since the goalless draw at Aston Villa on 2 November. Armero did not sign in time to be included, while Joey O'Brien (shoulder), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Joe Cole (groin) are injured.
For Swansea, long-serving defender Garry Monk (knee) is a long-term absentee and will not feature against the Hammers. Michu and Jose Canas (both ankle) are nearing a return following injuries but Saturday may come too soon for them, while German veteran goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel is likely to continue to deputise in the absence of Michel Vorm (knee).
Off the pitch, West Ham will be supporting the Football v Homophobia initiative today, wearing shirts in support of the charity in their pre-match warm-up. At half-time, we will also welcome television presenter Charlie Webster, who will complete her 250-mile run, visiting 40 football clubs in five days to help raise funds for the charity Women's Aid and encourage football clubs, players and fans to unite in the fight against domestic violence.
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