Swansea moved out of the relegation zone as they comfortably dispatched a dismal West Ham aspect to seal a seventh consecutive residence win.
Ki Sung-yueng shot low into the nook from Andre Ayew’s cross to open the scoring inside 10 minutes, earlier than Mike van der Hoorn nodded within the South Korean’s nook amid slack marking.
Between these two first-half targets, Winston Reid was put in a neck brace and brought off on a stretcher after struggling a nasty damage in a goalmouth scramble.
He obtained therapy for 10 minutes after showing to be knocked unconscious, and was taken to hospital for a scan.
After the break, West Ham crumbled additional. Andy King tapped within the rebound from an Adrian save that denied Andre Ayew’s header from one other nook, earlier than Cheikhou Kouyate tripped Ayew within the field.
Andre’s brother Jordan Ayew coolly slotted the spot-kick into the nook to spherical off a significant win that was solely barely dampened by Michail Antonio’s late comfort, the substitute winger ending from Aaron Cresswell’s supply.
Carlos Carvalhal’s spectacular work continues. His staff are actually as much as 13th within the desk – climbing above the Hammers on aim distinction – having been backside when he took over in late December.
West Ham drop to 14th, with either side nonetheless solely three factors away from the underside three.
The anatomy of a aim
Just after the break, with David Moyes’ ideas on being two targets down at half-time presumably nonetheless recent of their minds, West Ham shipped a 3rd.
Andre Ayew rose to move from one other Ki nook, and Adrian reacted properly to maintain it out however palmed his cease straight into Javier Hernandez’s face. Out the ball got here – dropping to the one white shirt ready to faucet residence, because the markers round him slumped.
King’s aim was his first since becoming a member of on mortgage from Leicester, and it summed up West Ham’s efficiency in a single motion. They had been sluggish, unlucky, crushed.
In the primary half, Adrian had been gradual to get down and attain the Ki shot from vary that crept steadily into the nook after no person closed him. Then got here the damage to Reid that left the Hammers with a makeshift defence, 4 common full-backs throughout the road.
That would possibly clarify one thing of the poor marking from which Van der Hoorn profited for the second aim that despatched Swansea clear and by no means trying again, however not as soon as did it really feel like West Ham had been able to find a response to adversity.
With simply 9 video games remaining earlier than the tip of the season – and simply two of these coming towards groups additionally in peril of relegation (Stoke and Southampton), that is what’s going to concern Moyes most of all.
Moving on up – and staying there
Swansea reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the primary time since 1964 with victory over Sheffield Wednesday in a dire match on Tuesday night. Afterwards, Carvalhal stated staying within the Premier League was nonetheless the membership’s precedence.
Perhaps that is why this recreation was a lot extra entertaining. The residence aspect bristled with confidence and journey as they took full benefit of their opponents’ obvious give up.
These had been three extra factors received in a exceptional run beneath supervisor Carvalhal – and regardless of final weekend’s bruising 4-1 defeat at Brighton.
The Portuguese has remodeled his aspect since taking up from Paul Clement, successful 17 factors from 9 league video games in cost. Clement had received 12 factors from the season’s first 18.
On common, the variety of factors to ensure survival within the earlier 22 high flight seasons is 36.6. On this proof, with matches towards Huddersfield and Southampton to return subsequent, they are going to absolutely simply surpass that complete.
Man of the match – Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea)
What the managers stated
Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal: “I’m delighted, I’m happy with my gamers.
“There isn’t any secret to success. It is tough work, organisation, persistence, dedication and correcting errors. We are higher and higher, we’re actually sturdy in the intervening time.
“I put the gamers within the centre of every thing. If you do not have gamers who comply with your concepts you may’t obtain something.
“We have skilled laborious at corners this week, motion, and we scored twice from them. Now we should create one other technique for the following recreation.”
Swansea play away to Huddersfield within the Premier League subsequent Saturday. West Ham host Burnley of their subsequent recreation on, additionally on Saturday.