Cheikhou Kouyate gave West Ham a much-needed win
After five successive defeats, they stopped the rot, got manager Slaven Bilic off the hook and eased their own relegation woes.
He’s not out of it yet because co-owner David Sullivan gave him a vote of confidence his his programme notes!
A stunning goal from Cheikou Kouyae had them feasting with the same gusto of vice-chairman Karen Brady.
She had earlier put pictures on her personal twitter pictures of a groaning cheeseboard in the Arsenal board room while they were getting hammered at The Emirates on Wednesday.
She herself got hammered by fans with a flurry of replies which included ‘enjoy bread and jam at Barnsley’.
Others were not so complimentary and it again divided a club that has been in turmoil since their appalling decision of moving to a soulless ground that has become their personal torture chamber, with just five wins and 13 goals until yesterday.
West Ham had lost their last five games prior to kick-off
It’s not been easy for Bilic and he went into the game under even more pressure when Sullivan stated in his programme notes this was their most important match since they beat Blackpool in the 2012 Championship play-off.
He then backed Bilic. Don’t all owners do until they sack them?
No wonder he sank to his knees when the final whistle went.
Hammers could not have better hand-picked opponents for lifting the yoke.
There’s lots of talent in the Swansea side, but yesterday they were poor. They constantly gave the ball away, lacked ideas and you felt for Gylfil Sigurdsson, their only class act who will surely go in the summer.
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The signs were there early, with Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski brilliantly saving Robert’s Snodgrass’s header after Michel Antonio had lifted over a clever 20th minute cross.
Swansea tried to play football, moving the ball from defence, but often players were left isolated and needing support.
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Few wanted to take on the mantle of leader and West Ham, without stamping their own had just too much nous.
Swansea were more impressive when Fernando Llorente came off the sub’s bench but he lacked quality passes.
West Ham went into the game having lost their last five Premier League games – first in the competition since March 2010.
They had already lost seven times at the London Stadium in the Premier League; four more defeats than they suffered in their final season at the Boleyn Ground (3).
Swansea have now now lost five consecutive away games in the Premier League, their worst run ever in the Premier League.
Hammers took the lead when Robert Snodgrass cleverly laid a pass to Cheikhou Kouyate, who drove in his first league goal of the season from 20-yards.
Brothers Andrew and Jordan Ayew played against each other and it’s fair to say both fought hard but West Ham’s Ayew just sneaked bragging rights.
The Hammers are now eight points above the drop zone
He played in the better side, was given more support, while brother Jordan always seemed to be battling oods.
Swansea are not the worst of the sides fighting for survival, but they will certainly need to lift their game in the closing weeks.
Llorente needs more support and the weight on Sigurdsson’s shoulders must be lifted by others.
They staged a late flurry, forcing Hammers on the back foot but in reality didn’t have that killer touch.
This is what might hurt them in the countdown and they can thank keeper Fabianski for blocking a West Ham second late in the game when he turned over Andre Ayews’s close-range shot.
Five added minutes failed to change the score, although there was time for Manuel Lanzini to add a bit of magic with a dazzling dribble and turn.
The cheers by West Ham fans at the end told its own story. The pain was over…..for the time being.
West Ham: Randolph 6; Byram 6, Fonte 6, Collins 6, Masuaku 6; Noble 6, Kouyate 6; Antonio 5 (Calleri (39th)(5), Lanzini 6, Snodgrass 5 (Feghouli 70th)(5); A Ayew 6 (Fernandez (86th)5).
Swansea: Fabianski 7; Naughton 6, Fernandez 6, Mawson 6, Olsson 6 ; Cork 5 (Montero (64th(5); Routledge 5 (Narsihn 45th)5), Fer5, Carroll 5 (Llorente (45th(6), Sigurdsson ; J Ayew 6.