West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
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West Ham halted their poor recent run by defeating Swansea City 1-0 at Upton Park, with an Andy Carroll header the difference.
The Hammers had only picked up five points from their previous nine Premier League games going into this clash but were hungry against a rather muted Swans outfit.
Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel was forced into making fine saves from Kevin Nolan, Ricardo Vaz Te and Carroll before the goal was scored as the visiting defence struggled to deal with West Ham's long ball game.
Meanwhile, Swansea tried to play their passing game but to little effect as they rarely tested Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Hammers goal.
The goal had an air of inevitability about it and came 13 minutes from the end. West Ham won a corner down the left, which was taken by Mark Noble. Carroll made a few dummy runs to shrug off Ashley Williams before leaping the highest to power his header home from six yards.
West Ham were living dangerously towards the end as they attempted to shut up shop, bringing on Emanuel Pogatetz to make his debut. In the final minute, the ball was cleared off the line after a goalmouth scramble but conceding at this point would have been harsh on the Hammers, who were the better side.