Saturday August 25, 2012 Day 2 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 3 - 0 West Ham United

  • Rangel 20’
  • Michu 29’
  • Graham 64’

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    'Swanselona' still flying with Laudrup at helm

    Swansea City have been arguably the best side in the Premier League so far after drubbing West Ham 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium. More

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    • Swansea City
    • West Ham United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Swansea go top of the table! They needed two horrid mistakes from West Ham but it was still a good performance from the home side, with Jaaskelainen putting the ball into his own net and Michu and Graham both on target.
    • 90+2' Nothing much to write home about now, but it has been a fantastic afternoon for Swansea who are going to go top of the table.
    • 90' We will have three minutes of added time.
    • 89' In truth we are just going through the motions here now.
    • 87' Now Dyer drags a shot wide of the upright for Swansea. He has had a tremendous game today.
    • 86' Jarvis supplies a corner from the right but Collins, who has had a shocker of a game, cannot connect for West Ham.
    • 84' Laudrup takes the opportunity to have a look at debutant Ben Davies as he comes on for Taylor at left-back.
    • 83' Reid takes a yellow card on the chin when sticking out an arm to handle and prevent Graham from getting in behind.
    • 81' Routledge gets a well-deserved rest after a fine outing, the Swansea winger replaced by Luke Moore.
    • 79' Stat from Infostrada: "A three-goal margin of victory would equal Swansea’s biggest win in a PL match at the Liberty Stadium. They have never won at home in the division by four goals."
    • 77' West Ham are still plugging away, as you would expect from an Allardyce team, but they have been done as a prospect ever since that Graham goal.
    • 75' A change for Swansea as De Guzman is replaced by Kemy Agustien.
    • 74' If any more proof were needed that Laudrup has provided crucial continuity from the successful reign of Brendan Rodgers, this is it. It's been a stylish, confident performance from the home side.
    • 72' Stat from Infostrada: "Danny Graham scored his first PL goal of the season. It was his 13th career PL goal for the club – the most of any player."
    • 70' Diame is replaced by Diarra. That's a like-for-like replacement in midfield for West Ham.
    • 69' Vaz Te takes the subsequent set-piece but his low effort is too close to Vorm and the keeper clasps the ball.
    • 68' Chico finally goes into the box for a messy foul on Maiga.
    • 66' Eight goals, none conceded. This Premier League lark is pretty easy for Michael Laudrup, eh?
    • 64' GOAL! Swansea 3-0 West Ham! Danny Graham puts the home side in firm control and it is a lovely team goal. Britton releases Routledge with a clever ball into the box and the winger makes a fine run before turning the ball back to Graham, who turns the ball home. Lovely stuff.
    • 62' A change for West Ham as Maiga comes on for Cole, who has struggled to make a proper impression today.
    • 61' Chaos in the West Ham box! Graham floats a nice cross in for Michu, who just can't connect with his header. The ball then drops for Routledge, who has an effort deflected wide for a corner. There is quite a high tempo to this game now.
    • 60' Swansea go close! De Guzman delivers a wicked free kick from the left wing and Reid just gets a head to the ball, nicking it off Chico and behind for a goal kick. Good defending, but that just shows you what a threat Swansea can be from set-pieces as well.
    • 58' Jarvis spots Cole pulling away and saunters forward to collect the knock-down from the striker. However, the winger can't get a shot away as Swansea collect themselves.
    • 56' A big chance for Swansea! Dyer sets Graham free with a delicious through-ball and the striker has the goal at his mercy. He opens up his body but curls the shot just wide of the upright. That should have been 3-0.
    • 55' Stat from Infostrada: "This is the fourth time Swansea have scored twice or more in the first half of a PL match at the Liberty Stadium. The last time this happened they failed to win – drawing 4-4 with Wolves having been 4-2 up at the break. The equaliser in that match was scored by current West Ham debutant Matt Jarvis."
    • 53' Dyer heads wide for Swansea following a great diagonal ball from Williams! However, the winger is flagged offside.
    • 52' Nolan goes into the book as he chops down Britton with a pretty poor challenge. No doubt about that.
    • 51' Graham gets the home fans excited when charging through on goal but the striker is called offside. That looked harsh on the Swansea man.
    • 50' Now Cole attempts an overhead kick when a ball comes into the box but Vorm pulls off the save for the home side.
    • 48' Vaz Te has been stationed out on the left, with Jarvis shifted to the right and Nolan tucking in behind Cole. That should leave the striker far less isolated.
    • 46' West Ham have made a change with forward Ricardo Vaz Te coming on for holding midfielder James Tomkins. They had to make that change.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • - HALF TIME. Swansea lead 2-0 thanks to two horrible errors from West Ham, though they could have pulled a goal back just before the break.
    • 45+3' Into the final minute of the half and Nolan gets possession in the box but his attempted lay-off for Cole doesn't come off properly. West Ham having all the pressure now.
    • 45+1' In comes the corner and Nolan gets a shot away at the back post, only to be denied by Chico! Another corner then sees Taylor clear off the line!
    • 45' We will have three added minutes.
    • 44' Chico gives the ball away to Noble 25 yards from goal and though the midfielder then plays in Cole, Ashley Williams comes across to clear for a corner.
    • 42' Cole has hardly seen the ball in this first half and West Ham look very short of ideas indeed. Allardyce needs to make a change at the break really.
    • 40' Stat from Infostrada: "The last time West Ham avoided defeat after being two goals behind was a 3-3 draw at West Brom in February 2011 after they were 3-0 down."
    • 38' Cole goes into the book as he raises his arm when challenging Chico in the air. A clear yellow.
    • 37' Poor decision from Taylor. He gets in behind the defence but instead of crossing for Graham fires in a shot at goal that Jaaskelainen tips over. Cole clears from the subsequent corner.
    • 35' West Ham go close! Jarvis is on the spot to latch onto a knock-down in the box and on the spin he fires in a vicious volley from eight yards out. Vorm flings out a hand to make a fantastic save and Nolan is unable to convert the rebound.
    • 34' Stat from Infostrada: "Michu scored his third goal in his first two PL matches – the fastest a Spaniard has ever scored three goals in the PL era. The previous fastest was Fernando Torres who needed four PL matches for Liverpool to reach three goals."
    • 33' A deep free kick into the box causes some consternation among the Swansea defence but Jarvis is unable to take advantage when failing to connect with the ball.
    • 31' West Ham want a quick response but Vorm does well once again to deal with a set-piece from Noble. Swansea then almost break but they can't find Michu in space.
    • 30' Collins tried to play the ball back to Jaaskelainen with his right boot but caught his left and saw the ball squirm into space, allowing Michu run onto it. Two horrible mistakes from West Ham have Swansea in firm control.
    • 29' GOAL! Swansea 2-0 West Ham! Michu with his third of the season! What a horror show from West Ham though. An attempted backpass from Collins goes horribly wrong and Michu races onto the loose ball to stab it into the bottom corner.
    • 27' It's all getting a bit tetchy as Nolan catches Michu with a pretty clumsy challenge - possible retribution for that earlier Tomkins flashpoint. Atkinson wants a word with both players as he seeks to calm things down.
    • 26' Chico gives away another foul by the far touchline and is given a final warning by referee Atkinson. Noble has another chance with a free-kick but James Collins and Tomkins get in each others' way in the air and Swansea are able to clear.
    • 25' Michu completely misses the ball when swinging his boot recklessly at it and the midfielder catches Tomkins. It's a foul, but nothing more for the Spaniard.
    • 24' "Top of the league, we're having a laugh" sing the Swansea fans, who are enjoying their moment in the sun here today.
    • 23' Chico gives away a silly free-kick at the other end and Noble whips in a dangerous set-piece that Vorm does superbly to deal with. The keeper comes off his line to punch away and gets a karate kick to the midriff from Reid. Strangely though it is the West Ham defender who comes off worse.
    • 21' Replays show that the cross from Rangel, firm as it was, was probably creeping wide so that must go down as an own goal. Jaaskelainen will be so disappointed with that.
    • 20' GOAL! Swansea 1-0 West Ham! An own goal for Jaaskelainen! Dyer opened up the defence with a nice ball forward to Rangel and finding himself in lots of space, the right-back fired in a low cross that the West Ham keeper could only turn into his own net.
    • 19' Swansea predictably dominate possession as Britton keeps the ball ticking over again. Chico advances out of defence and gives Diame a sideways look as the midfielder lunges in.
    • 18' The constant percussive drumming from the home fans at the Liberty Stadium can get a bit tiresome, though it keeps the chants coming. A decent atmosphere in Wales but this game hasn't really caught light yet.
    • 17' In comes the corner but Cole is alert at the near post to head clear for West Ham.
    • 16' Excellent from Routledge as he wins the ball back on the right wing and pops a cross in for Graham, who fails to get the necessary contact. The ball bounces out to Taylor, who sees his low shot deflected behind for a corner.
    • 15' Dyer plays in Angel Rangel down the right and the full-back plays in a dangerous low cross that fizzes into the box. No Swansea shirts attack the ball though as West Ham clear.
    • 14' Noble spots Jarvis in a pocket of space in the centre and slips a quick pass into the winger. Jarvis tries to ping one over the top first time but the contact is too heavy.
    • 12' Play is stopped after Diame collides into Winston Reid. The defender comes off worse and needs a bit of treatment.
    • 11' Dyer spots Routledge making a clever diagonal run and tries to unleash his fellow forward with a cute pass. However, George McCartney is in attendance as the ball deflects to Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 10' Leon Britton recycles possession after Dyer loses the ball, prodding the ball back to Chico in defence. Britton - a former West Ham player - is so effective at that.
    • 9' Michu tries to play in Graham with a through-ball but puts just too much on it. The Spaniard, signed from Rayo Vallecano in the summer, scored 15 times in La Liga last season and twice on the opening day here, but can also pick up an assist or two when required.
    • 8' Diame loses possession in the centre of the field and as the ball begins to escape him he throws out a leg and catches De Guzman. Just a foul as there was nothing malicious in it.
    • 7' Stat from Infostrada: "The last London club to win a top flight match at Swansea was West Ham – 5-1 in April 1983."
    • 6' Swansea, as expected, are 4-2-3-1, with Michu in behind Graham and Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge wide. They have plenty of action between the lines.
    • 5' West Ham are set up in a 4-1-4-1, with James Tomkins shielding the defence and Jarvis and Nolan flanking a central pair of Noble and Diame in midfield. Carlton Cole is performing as the lone striker of course.
    • 4' Stat from Infostrada: "West Ham have lost their last five Premier League away matches with Martin Atkinson as referee."
    • 3' Here is Jarvis for the first time. He picks up the ball on the left wing, cuts back onto his right boot and delivers a dangerous, dipping cross that just eludes the head of Kevin Nolan. A fine delivery.
    • 2' Mark Noble sprays the ball wide to Guy Demel on the right wing but Neil Taylor comes across quickly to slide in and prevent the defender from slipping away from him and delivering a cross into the box.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 12:45 You can let me know your thoughts as the match progresses by getting in contact on Twitter. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter!
    • 12:40 I fancy Swansea to control this game from the off. The midfield triangle of Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman and Michu looks strong, while West Ham are hardly short of presence in that area with Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan and Mohamed Diame. The Hammers defence looks a touch more vulnerable while Carlton Cole is probably inferior to Danny Graham.
    • 12:35 Time for some stats from Opta: "Swansea’s 5-0 win over QPR was their biggest ever in the top flight of English football. Swansea have lost just one of their last six Premier League games (W3 D2 L1). The Hammers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 27 Premier League away games. West Ham have won none of their last six away games in the top flight, losing the last four in a row."
    • 12:30 Michael Laudrup had some interesting things to say yesterday about seeing his side at the top of the table: “I remember at Getafe that one season after five games they were top of the table. They took a picture and the president kept it hung in his office. They finished 15th. Sure, it is normal for fans to enjoy games like last weekend (beating QPR 5-0) and to think about being at the top – and it should be because football is about dreams. But for us, for me, it is more serious." Swansea seal Ki deal
    • 12:25 This is the first meeting between these two sides since 1999 and the first league meeting since 1983, when West Ham when 5-1 in Wales. The Hammers have won five of six league meetings against Swansea, drawing the other.
    • 12:20 Swansea don't have much on the bench but expect to get a decent glimpse of West Ham's new midfielder Alou Diarra, who represented France at Euro 2012, and striker Modibo Maiga, who also arrived from Ligue 1 with a decent reputation this summer. Both start on the bench today for Sam Allardyce.
    • 12:15 TEAM NEWS: Vorm, Rangel, Taylor, Chico, Williams, Routledge, De Guzman, Britton, Dyer, Michu, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Dobbie, Moore, Agustien, Gower, Daves. /// West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Jarvis, Cole. Subs: Henderson, O'Brien, Diarra, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maynard, Maiga.
    • 12:10 Some early team news is filtering in and the big news in the West Ham camp is that £7.5 million signing Matt Jarvis goes straight into the side at left midfield following his move from Wolves. Swansea are unchanged, unsurprisingly, as Chico has shaken off a fitness problem and Ki Sung-yueng did not complete his club record move from Celtic in time for today's game.
    • 12:05 Swansea City smashed QPR 5-0 away on the opening day of the season with new signing Michu bagging two. However, West Ham also secured a very good result that went under the radar a bit as they opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa courtesy of a goal from Kevin Nolan.
    • 12:00 Hello and welcome to our live text commentary on the Premier League game between Swansea City and West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.
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  1. cole to go shouldve been vaz te with maiga up front . ­ team to go with is jaaskelainen, demel, reid,­ tompkins, mcartney. noble, jarvis, diame, nolan, vaz­ te, maiga, subs diarra, maynard, cole spiegel,­ taylor, collins,obrien.potts

    From E, on Tue 28 Aug 10:51
  2. Well done Jussi Meatloaf will get the sack soon.

    From trotter, on Mon 27 Aug 21:12
  3. the Barcelona of Britain

    From Robin, on Sun 26 Aug 12:08
  4. Well done the brady much have you spent­ sparen, not very good business so far, you are going­ down to where you belong Div 1 pronto, thanks for­ popping in. from a supporter of a team that has spent­ cica 13 million and WILL stay up for­ sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Graham, on Sun 26 Aug 0:41
  5. well at least it wasnt 5-0......COYI

    From uglytroll, on Sat 25 Aug 21:29
  6. West Ham fans Sam got u promoted and your 2 games in­ and you want him sacked? you should be sacked as fans

    From STEPHEN, on Sat 25 Aug 20:45
  7. Great win again Swans, but the Hammers are surely going­ down after that shocking game. Swans individually­ looked good and were better when playing fast flowing­ football, may have made a few mistakes but they tried­ and run their socks off for 95 minutes. Individually­ West ham were disgraceful, Kevin Nolan had a bad day at­ the office, but Carlton Cole should never play again,­ absolutely shocking for a supposed Prem footballer.

    From chicolew, on Sat 25 Aug 17:30
  8. Spammers= yoyo team hehe

    From dirk pitt, on Sat 25 Aug 16:47
  9. The Prem is not too hard for these new boys!

    From PAC, on Sat 25 Aug 15:41
  10. Watched the game. West Ham outclassed, chasing shadows­ for 90 minutes! Only player that looked good enough to­ play for Swansea was Jarvis.

    From Irene, on Sat 25 Aug 15:23
  11. after this liverpool will court michael laudrup

    From Pluto, on Sat 25 Aug 15:15
  12. the positive thing about todays lesson sam is that­ things cant really be depicted until christmas time­ (unless youre a blackburn fan to which you all have my­ sympathy)on the other hand it would be nice to see you­ actually listen to us now and again,or even acknowledge­ our comments in a positive way,andy cole isnt going to­ get any better ,so get him his p45 sharpish,stop­ trying to build a bogey team like you did at bolton­ ,cos that not what west ham are all about,when and if­ we do lose it should be after trying our damnest and­ fighting for our dignity not as we did today

    From Perry Dutch, on Sat 25 Aug 15:06
  13. The honeymoon's over for Big Sam. Three goals­ conceded, four yellow cards, bewildering substitutions.­ I'd say he'd run out of ideas but the starting­ 11 suggests he didn't have any in the first place.­ Let's have DiCanio as manager with Rednapp as­ director of football.

    From JONATHAN, on Sat 25 Aug 15:04
  14. Fantastic Swansea. Very well done. Keep up the good­ work, but please be a bit more careful on the defensive­ line. Too many chances are given away. But all in all­ an excellent performance so far.

    From Paps, on Sat 25 Aug 14:54
  15. Looks like the spammers are going straight back down to­ where they belong.

    From Scribe, on Sat 25 Aug 14:44
  16. As a magpie I almost feel sorry for West Ham Seen all­ the gum chewing and talk from BIG Sam before !!!

    From waldorf, on Sat 25 Aug 14:43
  17. Come on Swansea - let's send the Hammers down­ towards relegation.

    From , on Sat 25 Aug 14:33
  18. Sack 'fat head' Sam Alardyce asap to stop West­ Ham FC from being relegated.

    From Tom, on Sat 25 Aug 14:33
  19. Well done Swansea. Keep up the good work.

    From Reminisce Photography, on Sat 25 Aug 14:32
  20. Been a West Ham for for 45 years and the level of ejeet­ has sunk to a new level and s---c---f---c (Stoke I­ presume that says it all) you are the lowest form.

    From Tony G, on Sat 25 Aug 14:30
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