Wednesday, December 28

Hammers thrash dying Swans

Swansea City 1 West Ham 4

A fantastic Christmas present from South Wales. West Ham also managed to get Bob Bradley Santa's sack, such is the ignominy of shipping four goals at home to the Irons on Boxing Day. Swansea looked pretty dire, but in the past we've struggled to beat poor teams so this is a great result and means we've won three in a row. The Swans proved obliging opponents with Fabianski fumbling the ball straight to Ayew for an easy debut goal, two defenders being outmuscled by Winston Reid for the second, more lax marking for Antonio's third and Rangel turning his back for Carroll's late fourth. 

But it was an encouraging performance; the spine of the team played well, with Randolph making a couple of important saves, Reid scoring and Carroll causing the Swansea defence problems all afternoon. Even Nordtveit and Feghouli managed to get assists, which will improve their confidence. We've won every game Andy Carroll has started in since his return and as ever we need to keep him fit and safe in post-Christmas bubble wrap. But we're now eleventh and if we can get a result at Leicester then our season really will have turned. Irons!

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