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Swansea stun West Ham to damage their Champions League hopes

Published 07/05/2016

Swansea stunned West Ham
Swansea stunned West Ham

Swansea pulled off a shock 4-1 win at Upton Park to leave West Ham's Champions League hopes in tatters.

An injury-hit Swans side with little to play for should have been easy pickings for the Hammers, who were unbeaten at home since August and still in with a slim chance of a top-four finish.

Throw in the fact that this was the penultimate match at the Boleyn, a ground Swansea had won at just once in its 112-year history - back in 1956 - and this was a result hardly anyone saw coming.

Yet goals from Wayne Routledge, Andre Ayew and Ki Sung-Yueng stunned West Ham inside 50 minutes.

Diafra Sakho pulled one back, with the help of a final touch from Stephen Kingsley, but fellow sub Bafetimbi Gomis killed West Ham off in stoppage time.

A hefty defeat left the Hammers facing a nervy final two games to make sure they secure at least Europa League football at the Olympic Stadium next season.

The afternoon had started encouragingly enough for the hosts, with player of the year Dimitri Payet seeing a curler tipped wide by Lukasz Fabianski inside two minutes.

From Payet's resulting corner Fabianski blocked Winston Reid's header before Mark Noble fired Andy Carroll's cut-back wide.

Payet then lined up two free-kicks but, to the frustration of an expectant crowd, sent the first narrowly over the crossbar and the second inches wide.

Swansea had still scarcely ventured out of their own half until, in the 25th minute, Ki collected the ball on the left and pinged it to Kyle Naughton on the right.

Ki's quick-thinking had caught the West Ham backline square and when Naughton fizzed in a low cross Routledge was unmarked as he applied the finish.

The Hammers should have equalised when Fabianski flapped at another Payet corner and the ball fell to Angelo Ogbonna, but the defender blazed over an open goal.

Instead they found themselves two down in the 31st minute with a carbon copy goal from the opposite flank

This time Kingsley raced past Victor Moses and whipped in a cross which found Ayew for another tap-in.

In first-half stoppage time neither Carroll nor Manuel Lanzini could convert Michail Antonio's cross to half the defecit.

And five minutes after half-time Swansea made it three, Modou Barrow bamboozling Antonio on the byline before cutting the ball back for Ki to slot home.

West Ham belatedly attempted to hit back and did find the net when Sakho stabbed in the rebound at the second attempt after Fabianski had saved Antonio's header.

But despite finishing the match with four strikers they conceded another when Ayew and Gomis broke through, the latter turning the ball past Darren Randolph.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"I'm emotionally unavailable for 24 hours after the West Ham result" - Hammers fan and Youtube personality Ethan Payne (@Behzinga) describes his feelings after West Ham's 4-1 defeat to Swansea.

WEST HAM

Darren Randolph: 6

Michail Antonio: 5

Angelo Ogbonna: 6

Winston Reid: 5

Aaron Cresswell: 5

Cheikhou Kouyate: 6

Mark Noble: 5

Manuel Lanzini: 6

Victor Moses: 5

Dimitri Payet: 6

Andy Carroll: 5

Subs

Diafra Sakho: 7

Emanuel Emenike: 6

Enner Valencia: 5

SWANSEA

Lukasz Fabianski: 7

Kyle Naughton: 7

Federico Fernandez: 6

Jordi Amat:6

Stephen Kingsley: 7

Ki Sung-Yueng: 8

Leroy Fer: 6

Jack Cork: 7

Modou Barrow: 7

Wayne Routledge: 7

Andre Ayew: 7

Subs

Angel Rangel: 6

Bafetimbi Gomis: 6

STAR PLAYER

Ki Sung-Yueng. Had a hand in the first two goals and scored the third. An excellent display from the South Korean, who took his chance in the starting line-up with both hands.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Barrow totally flummoxed Antonio on the byline before cutting the ball back for Ki to finish with a superb sidefoot volley. A really classy goal for a visiting team with supposedly nothing to play for.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

West Ham started with Andy Carroll alone in attack but only looked threatening when Diafra Sakho joined him. By the end they had four strikers on. Injury-hit Swansea made six changes, including resting skipper Ashley Williams.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Antonio is not a right-back. He filled in adequately when West Ham suffered an injury crisis earlier this season but was hopelessly exposed by Swansea's wingers. Needs restoring to his natural place further up the pitch.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

West Ham v Manchester United, Barclays Premier League (Tuesday, May 10)

Swansea v Manchester City, Barclays Premier League (Sunday, May 15)

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