Last Updated: 02/02/13 7:30pm
Andy Carroll makes a dream return to the West Ham first team as he scores the winner in a 1-0 victory over Swansea at Upton Park. The on-loan Liverpool striker was making his first start since November following injury and marked the occasion with a fine display and a 77th minute header to settle an otherwise forgettable contest. It is a very welcome win for West Ham, who collect three points for just the third time in two months, and eases a previously worrying slide down the Premier League. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.
Nolan gives the ball to Carroll, who is brought down by Chico to win a free-kick and earn the Swansea defender a booking.
It is all hands to the pump for West Ham in defence. They are all having to throw their bodies in the way of Swansea shots. Nolan, though, then carries the ball up field.
Panic in the West Ham box as shots pile in on goal and a wall of defenders have to block the ball. Carroll makes the final clearance.
Corner to West Ham. They are in no rush. Ki beats Vaz Te to the set-piece in the end before Reid slices an attempted cross into the crowd.
Free-kick to West Ham in their own half. They take their time before hitting it to Carroll, who again wins the header.
West Ham now have a lot of men back on the edge of their own penalty area and this could be a nervy end for the home team. But Michu cannot pick out Ki.
Swansea can have little complaint to find themselves behind. Tremmel has been their best player and they have created very little from an attacking perspective.
Swansea now have to raise their game for an equaliser. Ki sends a skidding effort at goal. Jaaskelainen can only palm the ball out but is then back on his feet to stop Davies' follow-up.
West Ham's confidence is now booming and Vaz Te almost slides in to make it 2-0. But he just misses the ball and he would have been denied by the offside flag.
The corner is perfect for Carroll, who makes a couple of dummy runs to lose Williams, before leaping on the edge of the six-yard box to power a header past Tremmel and inside the far post. Excellent header.
Not for the first time this afternoon, West Ham want a penalty. The ball is played into the box and Chico seems to lean into the block, which strikes his forearm. But it looked like he was pulling his arm away.
West Ham are making the pressure as we approach the final 15 minutes of this game but there is no real ingenuity to their play.
Tremmel has been the standout player so far. If it were not for the Swansea goalkeeper, West Ham would be winning.
Swansea only half clear, though, and Tremmel makes another superb save to deny Carroll. From the rebound, Vaz Te volleys a wonderful cross and Diame should have done better when getting his timing wrong with a flying volley which goes over the crossbar.
West Ham mix it up a little at another free-kick. This time it is Tomkins who wins the header but Swansea are able to clear.
Excellent play from Diame as he bulldozes past Ki. But then he takes on a shot when surrounded by Swansea players and it bobbles harmlessly wide. That was very optimistic
Again, Carroll wins a knock-down inside the Swansea penalty area. But Diame's first-time effort from the follow-up is smashed horrendously over the crossbar.
There is a little more impetus to Swansea's attacks over the past 10 minutes. They are trying to go from back to front a little more quickly.
Michu chips a pass forward towards Hernandez but Tomkins can swing his leg and hook a clearance far up field.
The game is opening up a little bit. Nolan threads a pass into Vaz Te. But, on the edge of the six-yard box, Vaz Te gets the ball stuck under his feet.
Having not had a chance all game, Michu has two in the space of a minute. From Hernandez's cross on the right, he nods just over the crossbar.
Swansea are still creating next to nothing. But Michu gets his first chance to run the ball into the inside left channel. From inside the penalty area, though, he blazes over the crossbar.
That is Jarvis' last contribution. He is replaced by Joe Cole, who comes on to a large roar of appreciation.
Jarvis darts down the left and, after his first cross is blocked, his second effort is just too high for Carroll, who heads over the crossbar.
We have another break in play as Reid receives treatment for an accidental hand in the face when challenging for a header with Williams.
Hernandez takes on the shot from the free-kick and Jaaskelainen has to tip the ball around the post. From the corner, West Ham just about scramble the ball clear.
That is the end of former West Ham youth player Britton's return to Upton Park as he hobbles off from that earlier injury to be replaced by Moore.
Corner to Swansea as they have a rare attack through Routledge down the right. Tomkins heads away De Guzman's delivery but Diame then fouls Britton.
Reid is not happy that Ki is not booked for a blatant trip on the halfway line. The free-kick is predictably launched into the penalty area, where Tremmel gathers after an initial fumble.
Jarvis has certainly improved in this second half. He sends a cross in from the right and West Ham fans want handball against Williams. But play continues.
Bad miss from Carroll. Jarvis pulled the ball back towards the edge of the box and, in time and space inside the box, Carroll scoops an effort over the crossbar. Carroll should have done a lot better.
Britton was hobbling a little when he came back onto the pitch but it looks like he is going to be given the chance to run off his injury.
From replays, it looks like Vaz Te accidentally stood on Britton's ankle. Either way, Britton is back on his feet and is back on the pitch. There was a nice handshake with Vaz Te when he was going off.
Excellent from Vaz Te as he beats two Swansea players down the right before hitting a left-footed shot at Tremmel. The ball again dips on Tremmel and he is a little lucky not to produce a howler when grabbing the ball between his legs after letting it slip through his fingers.
Long-range free-kick to West Ham. Noble clips the delivery towards Carroll. But Williams wins the header.
Swansea break forward but Routledge, when looking to play a pass into Michu, over hits a ball and Tomkins can clear.
A few boos from the West Ham fans at the half-time whistle. It has not been a classic but three good saves from Tremmel have prevented West Ham from taking the lead. Swansea have passed the ball in a characteristic fashion and Hernandez has troubled Taylor. But Michu has not had a sniff.
Could Allardyce consider changes at half-time? Will Joe Cole be an option to improve the service for Carroll?
Vaz Te, on the left after swapping with Taylor, cuts inside Rangel on his right foot and forces another good save from Tremmel from 25 yards. Tremmel tips the ball around his right-hand post for a corner.
West Ham break from a quick free-kick. But Jarvis, this time on the right, again produces a poor cross. He has not had the best of games.
De Guzman's corner is over the head of Ki and West Ham are able to clear the immediate danger. But the ball is out on the far side for a throw-in to Swansea.
Hernandez tries to scoop a pass into Michu but Jaaskelainen is alive to the improvised pass and comes out to grab the ball in the air on the edge of his six-yard box.
For all of Swansea's nice passing, they have struggled to test Jaaskelainen. Tremmel, on the other hand, has twice saved very well from Nolan.
Again, the free-kick goes long towards Carroll. There is a bit of a tussle with Williams and both players end up on the turf. Referee Probert decides it was six of one and half-a-dozen of the other and decides to give a goal-kick after the ball went out.
It is understandable why Carroll has been growing frustrated. He has been winning most of the headers and chest controls when given the opportunity. Williams now chops him down on the halfway line.
Terrific save from Tremmel again to deny Nolan. From Vaz Te's cross, Carroll nodded the ball into the path of Nolan, whose shot from the edge of the six-yard box was superbly stopped by Tremmel.
Allardyce is again on the edge of his technical area and is urging Jarvis to provide some better service.
There is clearly an edgy feeling to West Ham today. Carroll is annoyed with the service he is receiving and he has been having a running row with his old mate, Nolan.
Unsurprisingly, the free-kick, on the halfway line is hit long into the Swansea box. But the flag is up for offside against either Nolan or Reid. West Ham fans are Upton Park are getting a little frustrated.
Vaz Te looks to break over the halfway line but Rangel, who knew what he was doing, clipped the West Ham man's ankles.
Throw-in to West Ham deep in the Swansea half. They eventually manage to dig out a cross but it is straight at an unchallenged Tremmel. It is clear West Ham are lacking a bit of confidence amid their poor run of form.
Jarvis teases a cross into the box from the left. But Carroll and Vaz Te leave the ball for each other before Williams blasts a clearance against Carroll and out for a goal-kick.
Taylor's inswinging corner goes towards Tomkins at the back post. But the centre-back is backpedalling and can only head a looping effort over the bar an onto the roof of the net.
Hernandez again finds the ball at his feet inside the penalty area but his cross does not beat the first defender. Swansea are now pushing their full-backs, Davies and Rangel, high up the pitch.
Swansea have had an excellent five minutes and are dominating possession. West Ham fans groan as a long ball from defence simply gifts the ball back to their visitors.
Davies drives forward from left-back and almost gets to the ball in the West Ham box but Jaaskelainen gathers at the youngster's feet.
Hernandez is back on the right and produces some lovely trickery to beat Taylor. He drives into the box and, on the edge of the six-yard box, it is only his choice of pass which sees the attack break down.
Jaaskelainen comes way out of his box and is close to the corner flag to clear a ball. He gives Michu a glimpse of the ball before wisely whacking it out of play.
It is shaping up to be a tight game. The stats suggest a draw and there has been little to point to anything else.
Superb work down the right from O'Brien beats Routledge with a step over. His low cross to the near post finds Nolan but the West Ham captain fires straight at Tremmel from close range. That was the best chance of the match so far.
Allardyce is on the edge of his technical area and is barking orders at his players. Laudrup is looking typically composed when sat in the Swansea dugout.
In fact, it looks like Swansea have now swapped Hernandez and De Guzman from right to left to see if that brings them any more luck.
Swansea have been struggling to get the ball up to Michu. Hernandez on the right has so far been unable to influence the game.
There is no secret to West Ham's tactics. They are going long to Carroll, who is winning everything. West Ham cannot afford to keep letting the striker collect the ball in the air.
Diame has the chance to set his sights from 20 yards after Carroll won the ball from another goal-kick. Diame' shot dips just in front of Tremmel, who gathers at the second attempt.
Free-kick to Swansea around 35 yards from goal. De Guzman takes on the shot and it goes well wide, bouncing on its way out of play.
West Ham fans are screaming for handball in the penalty area by Davies. Vaz Te hit the ball at the young full-back, who turned his back on the ball a little. No penalty is awarded and Noble hits the follow up over the crossbar.
Nolan almost pinches the ball off the toes of Ki on the halfway line. That was unlucky for West Ham who could have counter-attacked.
West Ham are trying to not give Swansea any time on the ball and are darting into challenges as quickly as possible. If it works, it can put off opponents. But there is always the risk of being picked off when out of position.
More sharp passing from Swansea on the edge of the West Ham box. Hernandez tries to collect the ball by the six-yard box but Taylor defends well before hooking the ball clear.
Nasty challenge from Vaz Te on Routledge inside the Swansea half. He slid in and was late. Luckily Routledge jumped to avoid full contact.
As would be expected of the home team, West Ham are beginning to apply a bit of pressure. Carroll is winning most things in the air.
Excellent goalkeeping from Tremmel at the corner. He punches the ball away and is fouled to earn a free-kick.
Ki makes a vital block inside the penalty area after Carroll had headed down for Nolan. Corner to West Ham.
It has been a bit of a flat start at Upton Park so far. No real quality in the opening four minutes.
Nice chest control from Carroll on the halfway line cushions the ball into the feet of Diame. West Ham move forward by Diame can then not prevent Swansea earning a goal-kick.
We may have only played 120 seconds but there is already a contrast in styles. West Ham are looking to go long whenever possible and Swansea are aiming to pass the ball.
Carroll gets his first touch when laying the ball off in midfield before Diame hits it long towards Jarvis, who cannot retain possession on the left touchline.
Here come the teams. Respective captains Nolan and Williams lead out West Ham and Swansea from the tunnel.
If you fancy a flutter yourself, Sky Bet have plenty of markets. West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 home games, so both teams to score (8/13) looks like a decent shout. West Ham are 13/10 to win, with the draw 12/5 and a Swansea win is 2/1.
In contrast, Swansea are enjoying an excellent period. Apart from FA Cup elimination at the hands of Arsenal, they have reached the Capital One Cup final and have yet to lose a Premier League game in 2013. But they would like to turn some draws in to wins. They beat West Ham 3-0 in Wales in August.
West Ham are in free fall at the moment after taking just five points from their last nine Premier League games. A win today would ease some of the pressure which is mounting on Sam Allardyce and it would also be just their third in two months. They have conceded eight goals in their last two games.
Only Norwich and Villa (2) have taken fewer points from their past six games than West Ham (4). Michael Laudrup's Swansea have won four points more (34) this season than they had at this stage last season under Brendan Rodgers (30).
Swansea have also made three changes to the side who drew with Sunderland on Tuesday. Rangel returns to the starting line-up in place of Tiendalli, while Ki partners De Guzman and former West Ham man Britton in midfield. Shechter drops to the bench as Michu leads the attack, and Dyer makes way for Routledge.
West Ham make three changes from the team who lost 3-1 at Fulham on Wednesday. Taylor, Vaz Te and Carroll, who is starting a game for the first time since November, come in. The injured Demel, Joe Cole and Chamakh drop out. New signing Pogatetz is on the bench.
Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Taylor, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Collison, J.Cole, C.Cole, Chamakh.
Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Lamah, Dyer, Moore, Shechter.
West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games at Upton Park. Swansea have drawn five of their last seven league games, winning the other two.
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