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West Ham Utd 3-1 Swansea City

Filed: Sunday, 7th December 2014
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are up to third in the Premier League tonight after defeating a strong Swansea side at the Boleyn this afternoon.

An Andy Carroll brace and a third from Diafra Sakho sent Big Sam's happy Hammers above Southampton and Manchester United - who play each other at St Mary's tomorrow - into third spot.

Yet it had all looked so different after 20 minutes when the visitors led 1-0 having opened the scoring through Wilfried Bony with virtually their first attack of the match, having been hemmed in previously by an effervescent West Ham.

However that lead was to last until four minutes from half time when Carroll leapt majestically to meet a Stewart Downing corner to nod West Ham back to level terms. It was the big striker's first goal since the end of last season - and he celebrated accordingly.

Carroll was to have cause to celebrate again midway through the second half when West Ham, having survived a couple of hairy moments, took the lead for the first time in the match when the striker found the opposite corner of the net with another towering header.

And super-sub Sakho, on as a half time replacement for the presumably-tiring Enner Valencia wrapped up all three points four minutes from the end of normal time when Adrian's goal kick was nodded on by Carroll and despatched with some aplomb by the Senegal international.

Swansea, who failed to really test Adrian - bar one late effort from Bony that swerved before cannoning off the crossbar - were to end the game with only ten men after goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski was issued an instant red card by referee Chris Foy on 68 minutes.

The ex-Arsenal stopper had a rush of blood to the head and fouled Sakho outside his area as the forward raced towards goal. Even though Sakho, to his credit, stayed on his feet (eventually hitting the post with his subsequent effort) and hit the post referee Foy insisted on calling play back and dismissing the errant 'keeper.

We'll have a full match report for you shortly...

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