- Swansea vs West Ham

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Sunday 27 October 2013 | Liberty Stadium | Referee: Phil Dowd | Attendance 20,455

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West Ham United were left to rue spurned first-half chances as they were held by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Sam Allardyce's side were looking for back-to-back away wins after a stunning 3-0 success at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, and caused the home defence no end of trouble from set pieces on Sunday.

But their profligacy, combined with resolute Swansea defending, ensured both sides would share the spoils in Wales.

Michael Laudrup's men improved after the break and substitute Wilfried Bony nearly stole the points for the home side but was denied by a terrific reaction stop from goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Swansea were boosted by the return of captain Ashley Williams, making his first appearance in more than a month after suffering an ankle injury, while West Ham were unchanged from the side that lost 3-1 to Manchester City last week.

West Ham made a lively opening and Stewart Downing's low drive forced Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm into a save at his near post after he cut in from the right.

The home side had a great chance to open the scoring on 16 minutes but Chico Flores' header was powered straight at Jaaskelainen from Jonathan de Guzman's corner.

West Ham broke immediately following Chico's close call and Morrison went close, dragging an effort wide from the left after Ricardo Vaz Te had played him in.

The chance boosted the visitors, who then enjoyed a repeated spell of corners, with Demel going closest when unmarked, he headed over from close range.

West Ham were dealt a blow in the 34th minute when Vaz Te left the field with a wrist injury, to be replaced by Matt Jarvis, but they finished the first half strongly in a display that would have given Allardyce confidence.

Swansea looked to press higher up in the pitch in the second half and Spanish forward Alvaro Vazquez was agonisingly close to getting on the end of a Nathan Dyer cross.

Laudrup replaced Vazquez with Bony and he almost made an immediate impact, forcing Jaaskelainen into a superb reflex save from six yards.

Swansea enjoyed an extended spell of pressure in the final 15 minutes of the game, and they had claims for a penalty after Dyer's cross struck Joe Cole, but their protests were denied as both sides settled for a point.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: "I think we deserved more, on the other hand, Jaaskelainen had made two or three fantastic saves. You can't really do anything about that. I knew it would be very difficult because they had huge success playing like this against Tottenham winning 3-0.

"We knew they would play without a striker (and) with six in midfield, [and] then [Ravel] Morrison, [Stewart] Downing and Ricardo Vaz Te moving up there. It's difficult when it's 0-0 and a team like West Ham are so good at set-pieces. They have the corners, the throw-ins and the free-kicks. They caused us problems [when] they had four or five consecutively in the first half."

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce: "We should have had it over and done with by half-time. We showed our classic counter-attacking football but unfortunately finishing qualities let us down. We limited Swansea to one header from a set-piece. In the second half we didn't pass it as well as in the first. It's disappointing.

"It's our fifth clean sheet in nine matches but we have only nine points in total and that's not good enough.If we scored in some of these matches we'd be sitting pretty. They were simple chances and not difficult ones."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Michel Vorm 3.25 5.19
4. Chico 5.75 4.48
6. Ashley Williams 4.5 4.92
3. Neil Taylor 2.5 2.74
22. Angel Rangel 4.0 4.69
15. Wayne Routledge 4.0 5.0
12. Nathan Dyer 6.0 5.42
9. Michu 7.75 6.2
7. Leon Britton 2.67 4.55
20. Jonathan De Guzmán 3.75 4.71
26. Álvaro 4.0 3.55
Substitutes All Fans BFR
2. Jordi Amat - 3.65
10. Wilfried Bony 10.0 6.43
19. Dwight Tiendalli - 3.06
21. José Cañas - 4.21
11. Pablo Hernández - 5.14
24. Álex Pozuelo - 3.68
25. Gerhard Tremmel - 3.12
Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen 8.0 6.1
5. James Tomkins 6.67 4.58
8. Razvan Rat 7.33 5.11
2. Winston Reid 8.0 6.03
20. Guy Demel 6.25 4.71
23. Stewart Downing 5.67 5.39
16. Mark Noble 5.0 5.66
12. Ricardo Vaz Te 7.33 6.43
4. Kevin Nolan 8.0 6.19
21. Mohamed Diamé 6.0 5.42
15. Ravel Morrison 6.33 5.96
Substitutes All Fans BFR
17. Joey O'Brien - 4.53
11. Modibo Maiga - 4.25
13. Adrián - 5.2
24. Carlton Cole 2.0 5.17
7. Matthew Jarvis 5.0 4.89
14. Matthew Taylor 0.0 4.31
26. Joe Cole 0.0 5.86

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