Swansea 1-4 West Ham: Hosts relegation fears heightened after another defeat
By Pete Hall
Last Updated: 26/12/16 5:57pm
West Ham piled the pressure on Bob Bradley after they cruised to a 4-1 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.
Andre Ayew returned to haunt his former club after 13 minutes, tapping home his first goal for West Ham to set the Hammers on course for a third league victory in a row.
Winston Reid made it two five minutes after the break before Michail Antonio made sure of the win 12 minutes from time, capitalising on more poor defending from the home side.
Fernando Llorente's late strike proved to be a mere consolation, as Andy Carroll netted a fourth in stoppage time to a chorus of boos around the Liberty.
The result sees Swansea sit four points from safety, with questions over Bradley's suitability to the role remaining. West Ham are up to 11th after their success in south Wales.
Swansea started well, but were caught on the break as the Hammers took the lead through a familiar face to Swans followers.
A long ball towards the back post was met firmly by Carroll, who headed across goal, Lukasz Fabianski could only parry the ball into the path of Ayew, who could not miss from a few yards out.
Antonio went close to finding a second minutes later, but was inches away from connecting at the back post.
Record Swansea signing Borja Baston then did superbly to work space for the shot, but sliced the ball wide as his search for a first goal in English football goes on.
Darren Randolph was called into action three minutes before the break, superbly denying Gylfi Sigurdsson from a free-kick as frustration grew around the Liberty.
After the interval, Swansea continued to be the architects of their own downfall, and it was not long before Reid headed the Hammers' second, beating three defenders to a corner to steer the ball home.
Randolph was then at his best to deny Swansea twice in four minutes, with his stop from Jack Cork's strike the pick of the lot.
It was game, set and match 12 minutes from time as Antonio diverted a drilled Havard Nordtveit strike home, despite appearing to think he was offside. In fact, Nathan Dyer was too slow to get out behind him, playing the versatile Hammer onside for his eight goal of the season.
Randolph again was forced to deny Angel Rangel with a smart stop, before he was finally beaten in stoppage time by Swansea substitute Llorente, after great work from Dyer to pick him out.
The three-goal winning margin was restored less than a minute later in stoppage time, though, as Carroll was allowed far too much time to bring the ball down and scuff his strike past the despairing dive of Fabianski.
The Swansea faithful let their feelings be known at the death, and it remains to be seen if Bradley will be afforded time to turn things around in the coming transfer window.
Swansea: Fabianski (4), Rangel (5), Mawson (4), van der Hoorn (4), Kingsley (3), Cork (4), Britton (6), Routledge (5), Sigurdsson (6), Fulton (3), Borja (3).
Subs: Llorente (6), Dyer (5), Montero (4).
West Ham: Randolph (9), Kouyate (7), Reid (7), Ogbonna (7), Antonio (8), Noble (7), Nordtveit (7), Cresswell (7), Payet (9), Carroll (8), Ayew (8).
Subs: Feghouli (N/A), Fletcher (N/A), Fernandes (6).
Man of the match: Dimitri Payet