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Upton Park (ATT 34,962) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Probert

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Premier League: Andy Carroll the hero as West Ham defeat Swansea

Last Updated: 03/02/13 8:36am

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Andy Carroll made a dream return to the West Ham United first team as he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Upton Park.

The on-loan Liverpool striker was making his first start since November following injury and he marked the occasion with a fine display and a 77th minute header to settle an otherwise forgettable contest.

Best of the Game

  • Man of the Match: Andy Carroll won almost everything in the air and marked his first start since November with the only goal
  • Save of the Match: Gerhard Tremmel was a contender for man of the match and his second-half stop from Carroll was excellent
  • Miss of the Match: Michu has now gone six league games without a goal and hit an effort over the crossbar after half-time
  • Talking Point: Will West Ham now return to their form of earlier in the season? Did Swansea need another striker?

It was a very welcome win for West Ham, who collected three points for just the third time in two months, and eased a previously worrying slide towards the Premier League relegation zone.

Swansea, for all their pretty football, only sprung to life when Carroll's goal went in and Michu, who has now gone six league games without a goal, had an off-day playing on his own up front.

West Ham's plan to launch the ball to Carroll became apparent from the off. Winston Reid lumped it up to the big striker in the fourth minute, he knocked it down to Kevin Nolan but he shot wide.

Swansea had the majority of possession but West Ham were the most dangerous team. Carroll found space after dropping deep and laid the ball off to Mohamed Diame, who drew a good save from Gerhard Tremmel.

The Swansea goalkeeper was called into action soon after, saving Nolan's shot with his feet.

The visitors went in level at half-time but only thanks to Tremmel, who once again pulled off a top-draw save to deny Ricardo Vaz Te.

West Ham started the second half as they ended the first. A clever backheel from Matt Jarvis released Nolan, who pulled the ball back for Carroll but he blazed over.

It looked as if the Hammers were destined to fail. Swansea's defence held strong and the home side continued to waste their chances.

Referee Lee Probert then failed to award the Hammers a penalty when Vaz Te's shot struck the arm of Chico Flores.

After missing so many chances, there was a huge sense of relief when Carroll finally broke the deadlock.

The England striker lost Ashley Williams in the Swansea box and leapt high before powering Mark Noble's corner past Tremmel. Swansea continued to push for an equaliser but it never came.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8