A much needed home win – Hammers 1, Swansea 0

Cheikhou Kouyate

I cannot comment fully on this match as I think for the first time this season I failed to watch it whilst it was on. We are off on our hols tomorrow, so organising everything at the last minute as well as trying to get the dinner on for 6pm meant I could not sit on my fat arse watching this one, so BBC London commentary had to do.

The goal came from a 25 yard Kouyate strike – from the video below it looked like a good hit.  Add to that some resolute defending as well from the Hammers.

Some notes:

  • Why was Sahko and Carroll on the bench when they were clearly not fit enough to play?
  • Why is Calleri playing still??
  • Antonio hamstring injury – a big blow and how will that affect us in the last few games of the season?
  • Nobes 400th career game – congrats
  • Now 6 points off the relegation zone – 4 points off 9th position.

As I said at the top of my musings, there is little I can commentate on as I haven’t even had a chance to see the full highlights on MOTD.

But this ugly win I will take. After the utter rubbish that we showed at the Emirates on Weds, this is a welcome tonic. There are still underlying problems with regards to our striking options. As of yet, I am not convinced that Ayew is up to the job. Calleri is not good enough. We really do need to get a world class striker in the summer and possibly break the bank to do so. Dare I say that if a Chinese club bids £32m for Carroll, with his injury problems, it might be time to cash in.

I want to see us now reach the 40 point mark and we can forget about this season which has been horrid to say the least.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaking to BBC Sport: “It is a huge win and I congratulate the boys. The spirit, team-work. We were solid and dangerous. We deserved to win.

“It was much-needed. There was big pressure, not on me, but the players. The crowd recognised that and were behind us.

“It was a great goal. We started well and after half an hour they slowed us down. We had chances before the goal, but in every game you need a spark of extra quality.

“It’s my job, but there’s a bigger picture about the club. We are the ones to blame for being in this position. I was celebrating for the players, because they have been with me and they deserve it. Now we need four more points as soon as possible.

“We were out of the relegation battle six games ago and we are out of it again. We don’t want to be in it again.”

West Ham captain Mark Noble: “That’s our biggest win in a few years. The run we’ve had, we haven’t been good enough but we haven’t had the rub of the green either.

“I thought we played well under pressure. Swansea were only a few points behind us. It was so important and it’s a fantastic win for the club.

“One more win should see us safe. This should release the pressure, the lads should be happier. We haven’t been good enough for a couple of months, but this should release the pressure.

“It was not pretty but the only thing that matters was the three points. There’s no point in us playing like Real Madrid and losing 2-0.”

West Ham United: Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate, A. Ayew (Fernandes 86), Lanzini, Snodgrass (Feghouli 70), Antonio (Calleri 40).

Subs not used: Adrian, Nordtveit, Carroll, Sakho.

Goals: Kouyate 44

Bookings: Kouyate 44, Lanzini 57

Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Cork (Montero 65), Carroll (Llorente 46), Routledge (Narsingh 46), Fer, Sigrudsson, J. Ayew.

Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Amat, Ki, Kingsley.

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