The first half started slowly, but Carroll increasingly dominated the Swansea defence. On 27 minutes he provided his first knock-down for Nolan, whose volley opened the scoring.
Just before the end of the half, Carroll headed a corner across goal, finding an unmarked Nolan who nodded into an empty net to double the lead. Swansea’s best chance of the half came as Jonjo Shelvey dragged a limp shot wide.
Halfway through the second half, Carroll earned a straight red card. After challenging for a high ball with Chico Flores, he tenderly swatted Flores with an arm, and the Swansea defender flamboyantly exaggerated contact. Carroll, though, had only himself to blame for an obvious swipe at Flores.
Despite having an advantage against their ten-man opposition, Swansea created even less going forward, unable to create a single clear chance. West Ham defended well, but the result was never in doubt.
27’ - GOAL! NOLAN SCORES - Andy Carroll heads down a cross from the left wing, and Nolan collects, volleying into the corner.
36’ - TOMKINS TACKLE - A wonderful tackle by James Tomkins, risking a red card and penalty, prevents Wilfried Bony shooting one-on-one with Adrian.
37’ - SHELVEY CHANCE - The Swansea midfielder bursts towards the box, but drags his shot wide.
45+1’ - GOAL! NOLAN DOUBLE - Stewart Downing finds an unmarked Andy Carroll at the back post, and his header across goal finds Nolan, who flicks the ball goalwards.
59’ - CARROLL RED - Having flailed an arm at Chico Flores’ head, Carroll is sent off by Howard Webb.
This was West Ham’s third home win all season.
In West Ham’s last 10 Premier League games at the Boleyn Ground, they have conceded exactly three goals (six times) or kept a clean sheet (three times).
Swansea have won none of their last six Premier League away games (L4 D2), scoring just two goals in that run.
The away side has failed to score in the last five meetings in all competitions between Swansea and West Ham.
West Ham have won nine and lost none of the last 11 times they have hosted Swansea in all competitions.
West Ham have kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League this season.
Is Andy Carroll more important than West Ham’s Italian signings? Although Marco Boriello and Antonio Nocerino are technically superior to Carroll, his return to fitness and experience of the Premier League might prove more important in West Ham’s attempt at improving their form. That he is now suspended for a likely three matches makes his performance today even more frustrating.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kevin Nolan (West Ham): Nolan converted his two assists, but Carroll was essential in the build-up, and provided more of a threat until he was sent off for a moment of stupidity. For completing the 90 minutes, Nolan deserves the most praise.
West Ham: Adrian 6, McCartney 6, Nolan 6, Tomkins 7, Jarvis 6, Carroll 6, Taylor 6, Noble 7, Collins 7, Demel 6, Downing 6. Subs: Reid 6, C.Cole 6, Nocerino 6.
Swansea City: Tremmel 6, Tiendalli 6, Chico 5, Williams 6, Davies 6, Amat 5, de Guzman 5, Shelvey 6, Dyer 5, Routledge 5, Bony 5. Subs: Pozuelo 5, Hernandez 5, Ngog 5.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Andy Carroll
- Kevin Nolan
- Chico Flores
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