West Ham 3-1 Swansea – Carroll brace sends Hammers up to third in the table

first_img1 Andy Carroll scored twice for West Ham West Ham moved up to third in the table with a well-earned 3-1 victory over Swansea City.Andy Carroll was the Hammers’ hero with a headed brace and Diafra Sakho secured the three points late on, while the Swans were reduced to ten-men during the second half after goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was sent-off.The victory is West Ham’s third in a row and was nothing less than they deserved during an enthralling clash between two of the Premier League’s surprise packages at the Boleyn Ground.Sam Allardyce’s men started brightly and they could have been awarded a penalty early on, but referee Chris Foy waved away muted protestations, as Leon Britton’s clumsy challenge sent Stewart Downing tumbling inside the Swans’ box.The Hammers’ early dominance counted for little though, as Swansea delivered a sucker punch from star striker Wilfried Bony to break the deadlock.It was a relatively simple move from the Welsh side, as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning through-ball down the left provided Jefferson Montero space behind the West Ham back line and his cut-back was perfectly weighted for Bony to slot home.The goal seemed to inject West Ham with even more attacking intent, but despite their frantic efforts, the Hammers were frustrated by Swansea’s resiliency.For all of their attractive football though, it was a routine move that brought about the east Londoners’ equaliser. The impressive Carl Jenkinson delivered a sumptuous cross from the right touchline for Andy Carroll to head back across goal and into the Swansea top corner, to draw West Ham level at half-time.It was very much a case of carrying on where they left off for the Hammers during the second period, but their high line gave Swansea the opportunity to launch more counter attacks and that’s exactly what happened, but this time Bony could only find the top of the crossbar with his effort from range.West Ham continued to control proceedings though and they were deservedly ahead just after the hour mark. It was once again a routine move, this time a corner, with Carroll once again the man benefitting, as Ashley Williams failed to challenge the England man who nodded in for his second goal of the game.Things got worse for the Welsh side just seconds after the restart as Sakho out-muscled Williams to set himself one-on-one with Fabianski.The Polish goalkeeper stormed out of his area and appeared to body-check the Senegalese striker, but after continuing play with the ball still at Sakho’s feet, and the striker promptly hitting the post with his effort, referee Chris Foy returned to Fabianski and brandished him a straight red card for the earlier offence.Swansea – now well and truly rattled – committed players forward in search of an equaliser, but that left them even more exposed at the back and Sakho should have made them pay, but he could only find the outside of the post once again.West Ham’s failure to see out the game looked like it could come back and haunt them, but Sakho ensured that he wouldn’t squander another opportunity and after latching onto Adrian’s long pass, he lashed the ball straight through substitute goalkeeper Guy Tremmel to send the Hammers’ faithful into dreamland and into the top three.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai have sealed off a house in Ballybofey after a man was found shot dead.The man, who was in his 60s, was found by a family member at the house in the townland of Curraghmore.Gardai were called and the area was immediately sealed off. The man’s body remained at the scene all day and is expected to remain there tonight.Forensics officers began an investigation into the incident.However, it is understood that scenes of crimes officers want to revisit the scene tomorrow (SAT) as light was fading when the body was discovered.Gardai are keeping an open mind on the incident and have not stated if any crime has been committed. The house was sealed off and a number of people have been questioned informally as part of a routine investigation into the incident. GARDAI SEAL OFF HOUSE AFTER MAN FOUND SHOT DEAD was last modified: January 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:area sealed offBallybofeyGardaiman shotlast_img read more