Swansea continued their excellent start to the Premier League season with a handsome 3-0 win over West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.
Michael Laudrup’s side showcased the swagger exhibited in the crushing 5-0 victory over QPR as strikes from Angel Rangel, Michu and Danny Graham sealed the success.
Carlton Cole had West Ham’s best chance but saw his header cleared off the line while debutant Matt Jarvis had his volley saved by Michel Vorm.
The win moves Swansea top of the Premier League, at least for a few hours, and Laudrup will be equally delighted by a second clean sheet.
West Ham, with James Tomkins brought into midfield to track Michu, enjoyed a good start with their hosts wasteful in possession.
Skipper Kevin Nolan just failed to get his head on a George McCartney cross but Swansea slowly began to settle and looked threatening as Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Michu linked confidently.
That growing threat produced the opening goal in the 20th minute. Patient build-up work involving Michu and Dyer played Rangel in on the right of the area and Jussi Jaaskelainen could not prevent his low shot from a narrow angle.
Swansea doubled their lead when James Collins scuffed a back-pass to Jaaskelainen and Michu pounced to slot low into the left corner.
West Ham almost got back into the game but Jarvis’s superb close-range volley from a Tomkins header was brilliantly beaten away by Vorm, while at the other end Neil Taylor narrowly failed to finish a flowing Swansea move as Nolan’s block diverted his shot over the bar.
West Ham almost scored from a series of set-pieces. Rangel blocked a Nolan effort, Vorm kept out a Tomkins header and Leon Britton was in the right place to clear Cole’s header off the line.
Graham should have made it three in the second half. Dyer jinked his way into space on halfway and fed the striker but he put his effort wide of the far post.
However, the forward did bag his first goal of the season after 63 minutes, firing home after more delightful link play between Dyer and Routledge.
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