Sunday, January 11

Carroll's super-strike earns point

Swansea City 1 West Ham 1

Watching this on Match of the Day it seems Swansea have the better of the early exchanges with West Ham opting to contain by starting with three centre-backs. Gomis just fails to connect with a dangerous cross and Sigurdsson shoots tamely at Adrian when well-placed.

West Ham take the lead with a moment of brilliance from Andy Carroll. Downing crosses and Carroll controls with his head and chest, drifting across the box before bamboozling two defenders with a quick shift of his feet and a shot into the top corner. Proof that he's much more than just a big striker who's good in the air. If that goal had been scored by the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic it would be replayed endlessly. AC celebrates by cocking his ear to the Swansea fans who've been giving him grief about his pony-tail and being a donkey. West Ham remain one-up at the break thanks to a fantastic tackle by Carl Jenkinson which denies Routledge a goal.

In the second half Gomis shoots over before the big striker equalises from a corner. It's unfortunate that Colllins is off injured, as Gomis gets a run on Nolan and heads on to the post and in off Noble's leg. A good response from the Hammers though. Fabianski tips over a curler from Downing and then has to parry a fierce Jenkinson long range effort. We almost win it at the end when Cresswell's free kick is spilled by Fabianski, who recovers just in time to tip away Carroll's effort from the rebound.

It's a difficult ground to get anything at so a point is a decent result, though it's our fourth league game without a win. WHU now really have to bag the three points against striker-less Hull on Sunday.

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