West Ham mistakes are so costly as Swansea cruise to victory

14:51 25 August 2012

Swansea City

Swansea City's Wayne Routledge (right) and West Ham United's James Tomkins battle for the ball

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Hammers gift Swansea the three points at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 3 West Ham United 0

West Ham proved to be the architects of their own demise as woeful errors allowed Swansea City to take all three points at the Liberty Stadium.

Two defensive errors in a first half that had seen the Hammers in control for much of it, proved too much for West Ham to peg back and a third in the second half wrapped things up.

New signing Matt Jarvis came straight into the team at the expense of Matt Taylor, but manager Sam Allardyce opted for a less attacking line-up as Ricardo Vaz Te was left on the bench and James Tomkins was brought in to bolster the midfield alongside Mohamed Diame.

Jarvis showed what he could do as early as the second minute. Diame won the ball in midfield and when it was given to the former Wolves winger on the left, he delivered a superb cross that was inches over the head of Kevin Nolan.

West Ham were stifling the home side’s attacking intent with some tough tackling, but it was individual mistakes that were to cost them dearly.

Swansea City grabbed the lead with their first real chance of the game, but it came from a shot that may not have been going in.

Nathan Dyer released Angel Rangel into the box on the right hand side, but as he tried to pull the ball back, Jussi Jaaskelainen’s attempt to cut it out, ended with the ball deflecting off him and into the net.

Rangel may claim it, but it could well have been an own goal by the keeper.

A couple of minutes later, West Ham won a free kick on the edge of the box, but Mark Noble’s effort was punched away by Swansea keeper Michael Vorm under pressure.

But on the half hour disaster struck again for the Hammers and it was of their own making once again.

This time, James Collins’ back-pass was woefully short of Jaaskelainen and it was Michu who nipped in to guide it past the keeper for 2-0.

West Ham came close to forcing their way back into the game on 35 minutes. Collins hoisted a free kick into the box which Winston Reid nodded down for Jarvis. His shot on the turn was excellenty saved by Vorm while Nolan could not quite reach the rebound.

Neil Taylor’s effort was tipped over by Jaaskelainen as Swansea hit the Hammers were hit on the break and the home side were content to play that way as they sat on their gifted two-goal lead.

West Ham took 45 minutes to win their first corner, but then earned three on the trot which could have got them back into the game.

First Jarvis’ corner was nodded on by Collins to Nolan at the far post, only for his shot to be blocked for another corner.

That one saw Tomkins header saved for a third flag kick and this time Cole’s header was going to sneak into the corner, only for Taylor to clear off the line.

Allardyce brought on Vaz Te for Tomkins at the break to try and haul his team back into the game, but it was Swansea who created an early chance when Danny Graham forced a decent save from Jaaskelainen.

Vaz Te’s cross almost put in Nolan and then Cole, but the luck did not seem to be on West Ham’s side as the ball refused to sit up for them at the vital moment.

And Swansea nearly punished the Hammers again on 54 minutes when Dyer threaded a superb ball through to Graham in the clear, but the City striker could only stroke his shot inches wide of the mark.

On 63 minutes the game was put out of West Ham’s reach as Swansea grabbed a third. Wayne Routledge got in behind the Hammers defence and when he pulled the ball back from the by-line, Graham was there to stroke it in.

Vaz Te tested Vorm with a free kick from the edge of the box, but the keeper clung on and Swansea were clinging on easily to their lead.

Michael Laudrup’s team showed last week at QPR just what they could do when they get their noses in front and for the last half an hour they simply stroked the ball around and hardly gave West Ham a sniff of it.

Allardyce gave a debut to Alou Diarra on 70 minutes, but the game was all over by then and West Ham were a badly beaten side.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, McCartney, Reid, Collins, Noble, Diame (Diarra 70), Nolan, Tomkins (Vaz Te h/t), Jarvis, Cole (Maiga 62).

Unsued Subs: Henderson, O’Brien, Taylor, Maynard.

Bookings: Cole, Nolan, Collins, Reid.

Attendance:

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - July 22
 

Latest Stories

09:14
The 174 bus collided with a house in Harold Hill (Picture by Dani Walsh)

A double-decker bus rolled backwards down a hill and crashed into a house in east London yesterday afternoon.

Read more
The disabled woman was attacked after she accidentally rolled over a woman's foot with her whelchair at Victoria (Picture: Getty)

A disabled woman was abused by a man who grabbed her wheelchair and tilted it after she accidentally rode over a woman’s foot at Victoria Station.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:10
The woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter of her four-month-old baby (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A 19-year-old woman from Mile End has escaped jail after starving her four-month-old baby girl to death.

Read more

Quizzes

Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more

West Ham Transfer News

Didier Drogba. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Here are all of this morning’s transfer stories from around the web.

Read more
Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news from London24

Check out today’s biggest stories below and scroll down to join the transfer discussion with our reporters.

Read more
West Ham co-owner David Gold.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has given supporters an update on the transfer of striker Enner Valencia and any more deals to be done this summer.

Read more
Striker Loic Remy  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It’s been a busy day in the London24 office and that is due to a flurry of transfer talk and activity.

Read more
Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news from London24

Check out today’s biggest stories below and scroll down to join the transfer discussion with our reporters.

Read more