Early Carroll Singing at Upton Park

In a week where Sam Allardyce revealed that he chose to sign Andy Carroll over Wilfried Bony, it was the former Magpie who showed his manager why. A double from the former Newcastle number 9 and an assist for substitute Diafra Sakho saw West Ham come from behind for the second time in a week to move them to third in the table. Wilfried Bony did put the Swans ahead in the first half before Carroll’s double, Fabianski saw red before Sakho completed the scoring.

The home side made two changes from their win at West Brom in midweek with Morgan Amalfiitano and Mauro Zarate dropping out for Alex Song and Enner Valencia. Swansea welcomed back Angel Rangel at right back in place of Neil Taylor seeing Jazz Richards revert to left back.

The Hammers started the better with the majority of possession in their 4-4-2 system continuing with the diamond in midfield which has helped them to their best ever start to a Premier League season. The Swans known for their 4-2-3-1 system was being altered slightly when out of possession with Gylfi Sigurdsson pushing as a second striker to press the Hammers back four. Chances were at a premium with Nolan going close from a well worked Stuart Downing free kick but Fabianski saved well. The Swans took the lead against the run of play with their first attack of the match and in true Swansea fashion. A beautiful one two between Montero and Sigurdson saw a brilliant through ball between Jenkinson and Tomkins to Montero. The Ecuadorian midfielder cut back to the unmarked Wilfried Bony who tucked away his 7th goal in nine games to put Swansea ahead.

Swansea grew in confidence after the goal, looking dangerous on the break but still wary of the West Ham threat. Enner Valencia had a shot blocked after Carroll knocked down an Aaron Cresswell cross. Swansea could have doubled their lead twice: first as Sigurdsson forced  Adrian into a save, then after Kouyate was caught in possession,  Bony drilled a shot just wide. The Hammers continued to look for an equalizer with Cresswell looking for his second goal in a week after netting his first against Newcastle but his header was saved by Fabianski. But the home side did level 4 minutes before the break as Andy Carroll looped a header beyond Fabianski from Jenkinson’s cross for his first goal since March and 1st goal at Upton Park in 18 months.

Diafra Sakho replaced Enner Valencia at half time as the Hammers looked to go ahead but it was the visitors who nearly went back ahead through Bony. With pacey Montero on the break he found Bony who drilled a shot onto Adrian’s bar. The Hammers continued with the majority of the ball but they were almost gifted a goal by Leon Britton; the Swans midfielder was caught in possession but Sakho’s cross was put behind for a corner by Rangel. However West Ham did edge in front from the resulting corner as Carroll rose highest to notch his second goal of the game.

Swansea needed an instant response but were reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Fabinaski was deemed to deny an goal scoring opportunity. Carroll played a ball forward to Sakho who reached the ball just before Fabianski, the Hammers striker continued and saw his shot hit the post but the ref pulled play back to send Fabianksi packing. A harsh decision for the Swans keeper with Gary Monk already highlighting the decisions going against his team this season. Sakho could have put the game beyond Swansea 13 minutes from time as he beat Ashley Williams but again saw his shot hit the post when he could have squared the ball to Andy Carroll in the center

Swansea introduced Bafetimbi Gomis looking to go more direct to grab an equalizer for the visitors but they could not force Adrian in to a save. Sakho did grab his goal 3 minutes from time as Carroll flicked on an Adrian goal kick into the path of Sakho who fired beyond Tremmell.

The win moves West Ham into third place on 27 points before Southampton face Manchester United tomorrow night. The Hammers picked up their third win in as many games and have only lost one game in 9 away at Manchester United. With Andy Carroll back and scoring they have three strikers who can score goals in the Premier League with Valencia and Sakho. Swansea on the other hand have dropped 16 points from winning positions this season, it is obvious to see where Gary Monk needs to improve his team. Swansea sit 8th on 22 points but would be much higher if they could hold onto their leads in matches.

Next up for West Ham sees them travel to the North East to face Sunderland next Saturday whilst Swansea have a home game with Tottenham next Sunday.

About mattbristow271993

Boyhood Leyton Orient fan, but love football in general, any league. Football is my passion.
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