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Joe Cole may have kicked off West Ham's season with a 13th minute goal but it was Stewart Downing's 70th minute arrival that ignited the Iron's opening game.
His presence on the right, replacing Matt Jarvis, gave an extra impetus to a team that was nestling on Cole's early strike.
Andy Carroll made such a significant impact on West Ham's strike force that, after he limped off with a hamstring injury, Sam Allardyce was already feeling his absence.
The new No.8 linked up well with Kevin Nolan in a confident and hungry display that suggests the loan spell could prove providential for both parties.
West Ham make their first ever trip to Swansea's Liberty Stadium with their first three points on the board and the cobwebs swept away after an workmanlike - rather than dazzling - win over a rejuvenated Aston Villa at the weekend.
In front of 34,000 in full voice and on a boiling day, the team were initially overawed and let Aston Villa dictate the game. But slowly the home team asserted themselves and Kevin Nolan's disputed goal five minutes before half time settled nerves.
West Ham striker Carlton Cole is convinced the Irons have what it takes to bounce straight back into the Premier League - and he's not worried about his England prospects.
The Hammers start the new season at home to Cardiff this Sunday, and Cole said they are ready for the challenge.