Classy goal not quite enough

Swansea City 1-1 West Ham

Another day, and another 1-1 draw for the Irons as we once again threw away a lead with the three points in touching distance.

The game started rather poorly for the cockney boys, with some sloppy passing and poor positioning evident as they struggled to implement themselves on the match.

But as the half wore on, the Irons started to play some better football, with Stuart Downing playing the creative role, with Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan (picked to start despite his Everton performance) shoring up things in midfield.

It was West Ham who drew first blood, with Andy Carroll scoring a goal that is a contender for goal of the season. Carroll chested down a corner, dummied passed two defenders before beautifully curling home in the top corner.

The former Newcastle striker, who has a wonderful habit of scoring against Swansea celebrated by calling for the home fans to continue booing him, as they had been throughout the game.

We went into half time ahead, however there was that fear that West Ham would sadly start to defend the very slim lead .. And that’s exactly what happened.

Instead of learning from our mistakes, and becoming more unforgiving, West Ham decided to show the home side too much respect and defend.

The lead was thrown away on 74 minutes when Gomis was awarded a free header from a corner after losing his marker (the one and only Kevin Nolan) and headed home.

It was then once again that West Ham came to life, and really deserved a winner. But luck and goalkeeper heroics from Swansea denied the Irons that elusive goal and a draw was the final result.

It is a result that much like Everton in midweek feels like defeat, however, it is a point away from home in the Premier League, and it must be respected.

Hull City at home are up next, and it’s a game West Ham must produce a win, to bring back that confidence the team desperately need.


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