• English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Upton Park
  • Attendance: 34,962
West HamWest HamvSwanseaSwansea
  • Carroll, 77

live commentary


89 mins:The referee blows his whistle for full time and West Ham have stopped their recent run of poor form. On balance, they probably just about deserved the three points against a rather muted Swansea side.

89 mins:Emanuel Pogatetz makes his West Ham debut as he replaces Kevin Nolan. The Hammers are clearly hoping to hang on to what they have.

89 mins:Carroll is brought down by José Manuel Flores Moreno and the Swansea man goes into the referee's notebook.

89 mins:The Hammers are hanging on here by the skin of their teeth! Shots are fired from all angles as the ball bounces around the penalty area. It is eventually cleared off the line and the home fans breathe more easily.

88 mins:The Hammers win a corner but are in no rush to take it. Ki beats Vaz Te to the header before Reid slices a cross into the crowd.

87 mins:West Ham are awarded a free kick in their own half. Again, they take it long and again Carroll wins it. Predictable? Certainly. But it can be effective.

86 mins:Mohamed Diamé is off, being replaced by Gary O'Neil.

83 mins:The Hammers are dropping deep as Michu attempts to find Ki. However, the Spaniard fails and West Ham clear.

82 mins:Moore has done very little since coming onto the field while this has been one of Michu's poorest games of the season. Can either of them inspire in the final eight minutes?

80 mins:Swansea are going to have to up the ante if they are going to get anything out of this game. They haven't really challenged Jääskeläinen at all today.

79 mins:West Ham's confidence is boosted now and Vaz Te almost makes it two. He slides in, but just misses the ball. The offside flag was up anyway.

77 mins:GOAL: WEST HAM 1-0 SWANSEA: Well it has been coming! The Hammers win a corner on the left, which is taken by Noble. Carroll makes some dummy runs to lose Williams, before meeting the ball on six-yards to power it beyond the hapless Tremmel.

75 mins:Nathan Dyer comes on, replacing Wayne Routledge.

72 mins:It's fair to say that Tremmel has kept Swansea in this game. Had it not been for him, the Hammers could easily be at least three up here.

71 mins:Tremmel is on fire! He is on fire!! He denies another West Ham attack, this time through Carroll. From the rebound, Vaz Te finds Diamé, whose timing is completely wrong as he volleys over the bar.

69 mins:Brilliant play from Diamé as he bulldozes his way past Ki. Instead of passing though, he tries the shot despite being surrounded by Swansea players. The ball bobbles harmlessly out of play.

68 mins:Carroll wins a knock-down inside the Swansea area but Diamé's follow-up is woeful as he blasts the ball high into the stands.

66 mins:The game is opening up now, with both sides threatening. However, the defences are on top and all moves break down.

64 mins:Michu is starting to make his presence felt, having his second chance of the game shortly after his first. His header from a Hernández cross sails over the crossbar though.

63 mins:Swansea are still failing to create an awful lot, with Michu in particular looking absent. However, as soon as I type this, the Spaniard darts down the inside left channel before firing a shot over the bar.

62 mins:Odd substitution this one as Jarvis has been the player of the second half. Despite this, Joe Cole comes on to replace him.

61 mins:Jarvis darts down the left. His first cross is blocked but his second finds its target. However, Carroll heads the ball over the bar.

59 mins:There is another break in play as Winston Reid receives treatment after a challenge with Williams saw him get caught in the face.

58 mins:From the corner, the Hammers defence just about manages to scramble the ball clear. Desperate defending from the home side.

57 mins:Britton couldn't shake off his injury and is replaced by Luke Moore.

57 mins:From the free kick, Hernández takes a shot and forces Jääskeläinen to tip the ball around the post.

55 mins:A rare attack for Swansea down the right sees them win a corner. Tomkins heads away the delivery from De Guzmán but Diamé then fouls Britton.

54 mins:Jarvis has definitely improved in the second half and much of the Hammers' attacks are coming through him. He crosses the ball into the box and there are half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Williams handles the ball. The referee ignores them and play continues.

53 mins:A poor miss from Carroll! Jarvis pulls the ball expertly back to the edge of the box and the former Newcastle and Liverpool striker blasts the ball over the bar when he really should have done better.

52 mins:With Britton back on the pitch, the game restarts. He is hobbling a bit but the hope is that he can run off his injury.

51 mins:The game is on hiatus as Leon Britton has an injury looked at. Replays suggest that Vaz Te accidentally stood on his ankle.

50 mins:Great play from Vaz Te! He beats two Swansea players on the right before launching a drive at Tremmel. The Swansea goalkeeper is lucky as the ball drops through his hands but he manages to save with his legs. Lucky boy.

49 mins:West Ham are awarded a free kick a considerable distance from goal. Noble's delivery is clipped towards Carroll but Williams wins the header and clears.

48 mins:We are back where we started with the pattern of this game. The Hammers are playing the long-ball and the Swans are trying to pass and move. Both sides are cancelling each other out largely.

47 mins:Swansea break through Routledge but his attempted pass to Michu is too long and Tomkins comfortably clears.

45 mins:Neither manager has made a change at half-time. You feel that if the game continues in the same vein for the next 15 minutes, changes will be forthcoming.

45 mins:The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.


44 mins:West Ham break and Vaz Te cuts inside Rangel before launching a stinging drive from 25 yards. Tremmel saves expertly again, tipping the ball around the right hand post.

43 mins:Despite Swansea's intricate passing, they have yet to challenge Jääskeläinen in the Hammers goal. At the other end, however, Tremmel has been man of the match so far, denying Nolan on two occasions.

43 mins:De Guzmán takes the corner but it's over Ki's head and the Hammers manage to clear.

42 mins:Hernández beats Taylor in the air but is blocked by Noble. A corner is awarded to Swansea.

41 mins:Hernández tries to set up Michu, scooping the ball towards him, but Jääskeläinen is alert and grabs the ball on the edge of the six-yard box.

39 mins:Tomkins takes the free kick long towards Carroll, yet again, but a tussle between Carroll and Williams is adjudged in the Swansea man's favour and a goal kick is awarded.

38 mins:Carroll is fouled by Ashley Williams and a free kick is awarded.

37 mins:There's a bit of a lull in the game now. I imagine both sides are just counting down the clock to half-time.

36 mins:Excellent save from Tremmel to deny Nolan! Vaz Te crosses, Carroll nods the ball down and Nolan's shot from six-yards produces a top drawer save from the Swansea keeper.

35 mins:Carroll and Nolan have had an ongoing row throughout this first half, with the former Newcastle man unhappy with the service he has been receiving.

34 mins:West Ham take the free kick long, hitting the ball towards the Swansea box. The flag is up for offside though and the chance goes begging.

33 mins:Angel Rangel clips Vaz Te's ankles on halfway, conceding a free kick. What's the betting that West Ham will take it long?

32 mins:It's all West Ham now as they win a throw-in in a dangerous position. They manage to cross the ball into the box but Tremmel is unguarded and it's an easy collect.

31 mins:This doesn't deter the Hammers though, who come forward again through Jarvis. However, a mix-up between Carroll and Vaz Te leaves the ball unclaimed. A goal kick to Swansea is awarded.

30 mins:Taylor takes the corner, which is an in-swinger. He finds a back-pedelling James Tomkins, who can only loop the ball over the crossbar.

29 mins:The Hammers win a corner after Vaz Te does fantastically well to keep the ball active from a long free kick.

27 mins:An excellent five minutes from Swansea there, highlighting their skilled possession football. West Ham fans groan as another long ball just gives possession back to the visitors.

26 mins:Lovely trickery from Hernández beats Taylor, who darts into the box. However, the move quickly breaks down and West Ham clear.

24 mins:Comedy keeping from Jussi Jääskeläinen! He comes out of his goal and is close to the corner flag before clearing the ball. Dangerous goalkeeping there with Michu loitering.

22 mins:Both sides are still cancelling each other out but perhaps the Hammers have had the best of the chances so far. Neither keeper has seriously been tested though.

21 mins:Excellent work from Joey O'Brien down the right sees him beat Routledge with a delicious step over. He finds Nolan at the near post but his shot is saved well by Tremmel. Good move from the Hammers!

19 mins:Swansea have swapped Michu and De Guzmán on either wing in the hope that this would bring them more luck.

18 mins:West Ham's long ball tactics are obvious while the Swans are struggling to find Michu, who has been anonymous so far. Pablo Hernández has barely been in the game.

16 mins:Carroll wins the ball again from another long goal kick, feeding Diamé in the process. His shot drops just in front of Tremmel, who collects.

15 mins:Free kick to Swansea 35 yards out. Jonathan De Guzmán takes the shot but that's troubling no-one.

14 mins:Was that a handball? The West Ham players seem to think so. Vaz Te hit the ball at Ben Davies, who turned his back on the ball and it struck his hand. The referee waves play on and Mark Noble blasts the ball over the crossbar.

11 mins:A lazy ball by Miguel Pérez Cuesta (Michu) allows Vaz Te to intercept. Is he low on confidence? He hasn't scored in five Premier League games now.

10 mins:West Ham are being very combative, trying not to let Swansea have too much time on the ball. The reality is though that both sides are cancelling each other out right now.

9 mins:Excellent sharp passing from Swansea on the edge of the Hammers box but Matthew Taylor manages to hook the ball clear from a Pablo Hernández effort.

8 mins:Ricardo Vaz Te receives the first booking of the game after committing a nasty late challenge on Wayne Routledge. Luckily, the Swansea man jumped out of the way.

6 mins:Good goalkeeping from Gerhard Tremmel from the resulting corner. He is commanding in the area to fist the ball away.

5 mins:Vital block from Ki in the penalty area! Carroll headed the ball down to Kevin Nolan and his shot was goalbound.

3 mins:Some good play from Carroll as he cushions the ball before trying to find Diamé. Swansea can breathe easy though as Diamé could not prevent the ball from going out for a goal kick.

2 mins:This game is very much a battle of two contrasting styles. The Hammers are playing the long ball while the Swans are displaying some excellent passing and movement in the midfield.

1 mins:Carroll gets his first touch of the game, laying the ball off to Mohamed Diamé. He hits it long to Matthew Jarvis but Swansea comfortably deal with the challenge.

The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the match.

So it's eighth against 14th as West Ham take on Swansea City at Upton Park. The Hammers are in freefall, having taken just five points from their last nine top flight games. Meanwhile, Swansea have yet to lose a Premier League game in 2013.

West Ham make three changes from the side that lost against Fulham in midweek. Matthew Taylor, Ricardo Vaz Te and Andy Carroll come in, with the latter starting his first game since November. Guy Demel is out through injury, with Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh dropping to the bench.

Swansea have also made three changes to the side which drew against Sunderland in midweek. Angel Rangel replaces Dwight Tiendalli, Sung-Yueng Ki is drafted in while Nathan Dyer makes way for Wayne Routledge.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Upton Park
  • Attendance: 34,962
West HamWest HamvSwanseaSwansea
  • Carroll, 77

match report

Andy Carroll made a dream return to the West Ham United first team as he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Upton Park.

The on-loan Liverpool striker was making his first start since November following injury and he marked the occasion with a fine display and a 77th minute header to settle an otherwise forgettable contest.

It was a very welcome win for West Ham, who collected three points for just the third time in two months, and eased a previously worrying slide towards the Premier League relegation zone.

Swansea, for all their pretty football, only sprung to life when Carroll's goal went in and Michu, who has now gone six league games without a goal, had an off-day playing on his own up front.

West Ham's plan to launch the ball to Carroll became apparent from the off. Winston Reid lumped it up to the big striker in the fourth minute, he knocked it down to Kevin Nolan but he shot wide.

Swansea had the majority of possession but West Ham were the most dangerous team. Carroll found space after dropping deep and laid the ball off to Mohamed Diame, who drew a good save from Gerhard Tremmel.

The Swansea goalkeeper was called into action soon after, saving Nolan's shot with his feet.

The visitors went in level at half-time but only thanks to Tremmel, who once again pulled off a top-draw save to deny Ricardo Vaz Te.

West Ham started the second half as they ended the first. A clever backheel from Matt Jarvis released Nolan, who pulled the ball back for Carroll but he blazed over.

It looked as if the Hammers were destined to fail. Swansea's defence held strong and the home side continued to waste their chances.

Referee Lee Probert then failed to award the Hammers a penalty when Vaz Te's shot struck the arm of Chico Flores.

After missing so many chances, there was a huge sense of relief when Carroll finally broke the deadlock.

The England striker lost Ashley Williams in the Swansea box and leapt high before powering Mark Noble's corner past Tremmel. Swansea continued to push for an equaliser but it never came.

team line-up

22Jussi Jääskeläinen
2Winston Reid
14Matthew Taylor
5James Tomkins
17Joey O'Brien
4Kevin Nolan92
16Mark Noble
12Ricardo Vaz Te
21Mohamed Diamé86
7Matthew Jarvis62
8Andy Carroll


26Joe Cole62
10Jack Collison
30Raphael Spiegel
32Gary O'Neil86
9Carlton Cole
18Emanuel Pogatetz92
29Marouane Chamakh


Lee Probert

team line-up

25Gerhard Tremmel
22Angel Rangel
33Ben Davies
6Ashley Williams
11Pablo Hernández
24Ki Sung-Yueng
20Jonathan De Guzmán
15Wayne Routledge75
7Leon Britton57


21Dwight Tiendalli
13David Cornell
16Garry Monk
14Roland Lamah
19Luke Moore57
12Nathan Dyer75
17Itay Shechter


Lee Probert

match stats

possession %3564
shots on target73
shots off target75
tackles won1215