Match Report: West Ham 2 Swansea City 0
West Ham sealed their first home win since November 30, as the 10-man side beat a lacklustre Swansea City 2-0 at Upton Park in an early kick-off on Saturday.
After a hard fought draw at Chelsea in midweek, this crucial victory saw Sam Allardyce's men claim a much needed three points in their relegation battle.
The first glimmer of a chance went to the hosts after six minutes.
Winger Matt Jarvis's inviting cross found Andy Carroll who failed to get any proper connection on his header.
The first 15 minutes saw both teams settle very well, with West Ham just edging the game in terms of trying to create chances.
Carroll seemed to be at the centre of everything good and creative about West Ham.
After 18 minutes, his knock down fell to centre-back, James Tomkins who showed all the qualities of a defender with a volley which was blazed well over the bar.
After 26 minutes, a hint of the old days at Newcastle came to east London.
George McCartney's driven ball found Carroll, and his knock down found his old mate, Captain Kevin Nolan, who rifled A volley past Gerhard Tremmel and put the Hammers 1-0 to the good.
A chance to make it 2-0 was given to West Ham on a plate, when Mark Noble's precise through ball to Matt Jarvis saw the nippy winger deliver a low cross, but no one in claret and blue could get on the end of it.
In the 35th minute, former West Ham academy player, Jonjo Shelvey played a lobbed ball towards record signing, Wilfried Bony, who found himself one on one with Adrian, but Tomkins's superb last ditch challenge kept the Hammers in front.
Shelvey's free-kick then hit the well organised wall, the ball bobbled amongst a crowd of players in the box, with Ashley Williams latching onto the loose ball but his snap shot went over Adrian's goal.
On the stroke of half time, Nolan bagged his brace, and it was that fine combination of two former Newcastle players again.
Stewart Downing's corner found Carroll at the back post, with the England international's header finding the former Bolton man, who placed his header past a despairing Tremmel, and gave Big Sam's men a deserved cushion at the interval.
It was in fact West Ham's first headed goal of the season.
The Hammers started the second half like they began the first, as Matt Jarvis rounded the keeper with his blistering pace, but his low cross was expertly intercepted by young left back Ben Davies.
With 55 minutes on the clock, the away support thought they had pulled a goal back, however, Jonathan De Guzman's powerful shot took a wicked deflection off Matt Taylor and hit the side netting.
Just under an hour played, the man who ripped the Swansea backline to shreads was sent off.
After an aerial challenge with Chico Flores, Carroll allegedly swang an arm at the Spaniard, who went down with what looked like an early Oscar nomination and, amind protest from the Swansea players, Carroll was sent for an early bath.
With the home side down to 10 men, Swansea still could not get past the Hammers backline.
Maybe they needed the Black and Decker like Jose Mourinho said he needed on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Flores was being booed and jeered at every opportunity.
After 77 minutes came the first meaningful chance the Swans had since the Hammers were reduced to ten.
Pozuelo's low cross saw top scorer Bony swoop his effort over the bar.
But the Hammers managed to hang onto a precious win, and boost their hopes of steering clear of the dreaded relegation zone.
With an away game against Aston Villa next week, and then a midweek game at home to Norwich City, Big Sam will looking for a few more wins on the back of this result.
West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney; Noble, Nolan© (Nocerino, 86), Taylor (Reid, 77), Jarvis (C Cole, 60), Downing, Jarvis; Carroll
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Johnson, Morrison, Borriello.
Swansea City: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams©, Davies, Amat (Pozuelo, 65); De Guzman, Shelvey (Hernandez, 69), Dyer (N'Gog, 75), Routledge; Bony.
Subs not used: Cornell, Rangel, Britton, Lamah.