Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City 

Saturday, 2nd February 2013
by Gordon Thrower

That’s steadied the ship a bit then. Obviously the results of the last few weeks have see the good ship SS West Ham United (built at Thames Ironworks obviously) lurching slowly in the direction of some nasty looking rocks so three points were looking rather necessary before the start of this one.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
A bit like QPR he was unemployed for much of the time. One save played the ball back into danger but redeemed himself with his late cut out from a dangerous cross.

Joey O Brien
Stuck to his task well on the right of the defence. One sublime moment in the first half created a chance for Nolan.

Matt Taylor
Looked uncomfortable when Hernandez ran at him and went to ground once or twice too much.

James Tomkins
Much better. It looked a bit more like the partnership of old with Reid today.

Winston Reid
Another good run out. Restricted the much-lauded Michu to a couple of half chances.

Mo Diame
Some good moments but did run into a few blind alleys.

Mark Noble
Ran his legs off in the middle. Unspectacular but solid.

Ricardo Vaz Te
A few lively moments and was unfortunate to find Tremmel in such good form in the first half.

Matt Jarvis
Starved of service for much of the match he was always going to find it hard to impress.

Kevin Nolan
Looks twice the player when Carroll is on the pitch. Another one who was unlucky to find the visiting ?EUR~keeper in decent nick.

Andy Carroll
Fine match. Quite apart from his goal he was excellent in defence at the end once Swansea finally came out of their shell. MOTM.


Joe Cole
(Replaced Jarvis, 62)
A quiet half hour or so but nearly provided the second for RVT.

Gary O Neil
(Replaced Diame, 86)
Bolstered the midfield from a defensive point of view for the last few minutes.

Emanuel Pogatetz
(Replaced Nolan, 89)
Came on for stoppage time and endeared himself to the home support with a massive header.

Raphael Spiegel
Did not play.

Jack Collison
Did not play.

Marouane Chamakh
Did not play.

Carlton Cole
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Joey O Brien, Matt Taylor, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mo Diame, Mark Noble, Ricardo Vaz Te, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Andy Carroll 77                  .

Booked: Ricardo Vaz Te 8          .

Sent off: None.

Swansea City: Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Chico, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Jonathan de Guzman, Leon Britton, Sung-Yeung Ki, Pablo Hernandez, Miguel Michu, Wayne Routledge.

Subs not used: David Cornell, Roland Lamah, Garry Monk, Itay Shechter, Dwight Tiendalli.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Attendance: 34,962.

Man of the Match: Andy Carroll.