It’s snow joke for West Ham as they are crushed by Swansea
PUBLISHED: 17:07 03 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 03 March 2018
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Reid stretchered off as the Hammers plunge further into relegation trouble
Swansea City 4 West Ham United 1
Woeful West Ham sent their fans on the long, cold journey home with nothing to think about except the prospect of a relegation fight as they collapsed to a dreadul defeat against a side who were sitting in the bottom three of the Premier League before kick-off.
In truth, this was an embarrassing capitulation by the Hammers who crashed to a second consecutive game where they conceded four goals, while at he other end they didn’t have a shot on goal until the 57th minute.
manager David Moyes looked to have sorted out the team after taking over in November, but this was another huge setback against a team who have now leapfrogged them in the table after this win.
Adverse weather had caused the West Ham flight to be cancelled and there were more problems for the club on the day of the game.
Injury and illness had ruled out defenders James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna respectively, with Declan Rice and Winston Reid returning to the starting line-up, while Javier Hernandez returned to the XI at the expense of loan star Joao Mario who dropped to the bench.
It was Swansea who started the brighter though and they grabbed the lead after just eight minutes, when Ki Seung-Yung was given too much space on the edge of the box and his speculative shot took a slight deflection as Adrian looked slow to get down, allowing it to slip inside his post.
Former Hammer Andre Ayew was making his first start after returning to his old clun and he forced a decent save from the keeper with a low drive as the Seans continued to impress.
Worse was to come for West Ham as Reid fell awkwardly in the box and after lengthy treatment was stretchered off with what looked like a back injury.
West Ham were offering nothing going forward and it was Swansea who looked the more likely and Rice was forced to clear off the line as the home side pressured.
And they didn’t have to wait long to make it 2-0 as a corner by Ki saw Mike Van der Hoorn get in front of Rice and head into the net.
Andy King shot over as Swansea continued to press and despite their being 10 minutes of first-half injury time, West Ham failed to get a blow in on the home goal.
Michail Antonio replaced Patrice Evra at half time and the Hammers started brightly, but it was to be shortlived as Swansea made it 3-0 from another corner. This time Andre Ayew’s header was saved by Adrian, but it fell nicely for King to stab the ball home.
It took nearly an hour for West Ham to get in an effort on goal as Marko Arnautovic worked his way into the box and beat two players before seeing his shot held by Lukasz Fabianski.
But on 61 minutes another disaster struck as the lively Andre Ayew was upended by Cheikhou Kouyate in the area for an obvious spot kick.
It was Andre’s brother Jordan who stepped up and he hesitated in his run-up before sending Adrian the wrong way to make it 4-0.
West Ham did pull one back on 78 minutes with what was a mere consolation goal. Aaron Cresswell launched a ball into the box and it fell for Antonio who swivelled and shot home for his second goal in as many games.
He must wonder what he has to do for a start with both of his goals coming in thumping away defeats.
West Ham entertain Burnley next Saturday and that game looks a vital one if they are not to slip further into the relegation mire. Many more performances like this and that is exactly where they will be.
West Ham: Adrian, Zabaleta, Reid (Byram 27), Rice, Cresswell, Evra (Antonio h/t), Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Hernandez.
Unuesed subs: Hart, Cullen, Browne, Hugill, Mario.
Bookings: Noble, Kouyate, Arnautovic,