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Swansea City 0-0 West Ham United

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium
Swansea v West Ham
James Collins had an impressive game in the West Ham defence

Swansea City remain in the Premier League relegation zone after they were held by a West Ham side who recorded a third straight goalless draw.

The managerless Swans dominated the first half as Ki Sung-yueng and Andre Ayew missed good chances.

Jack Cork had a spectacular volley saved by Adrian after the break, while Swansea appealed in vain for a penalty for a James Collins handball.

Swansea stay 18th, two points from safety, while West Ham remain eighth.

Relive Swansea's 0-0 draw with West Ham

The Hammers had to settle for a fifth draw from six Premier League games, but the result will have been frustrating for the Swans, who have now won only one of their last 13 league matches.

Swans managerless but improving

Jelavic touches
Nikica Jelavic's first start for West Ham was a frustrating one, as he was limited to three touches in the opposition penalty area

With Swansea still searching for a successor to sacked manager Garry Monk, caretaker boss Alan Curtis was in charge for a second time.

Despite losing five of their previous six games, his side started with a pace and purpose belying their lowly league standing.

Swansea seemed to have recaptured their passing mastery of old but, with Ki's low drive blocked by Adrian and Ayew firing wide, they were guilty of a familiar failure to make their dominance count.

Goal-shy Hammers

While Swansea's recent poor form had led to Monk's dismissal, West Ham were enduring a wobble of their own, having failed to win their last six league games.

Both their previous outings had ended 0-0, and Slaven Bilic's side lacked an attacking threat as they spent the majority of the match in their own half.

The Hammers were limited to two long-range attempts at goal from Mauro Zarate, both saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Bodies on the line

Although West Ham lacked inspiration in attack, they defended stoutly.

Adrian made a fine save to push away Cork's whistling 20-yard volley, while centre-back Collins made a brave block to deny Ki.

Swansea's players thought the Wales defender had handled the ball, but referee Lee Mason dismissed their protests.

Man of the match - James Collins

James Collins
The former Cardiff centre-back was kept busy by a dominant Swansea display, making numerous timely clearances and a handful of bloody-minded blocks.

What they said

Swansea City caretaker-manager Alan Curtis:

"I thought we played well. In terms of the possession we looked like the kind of Swansea team we've seen over the last couple of seasons, but we possibly lacked a cutting edge up front.

"We said the season started last week for us. At Manchester City we were a lot better, and that today was certainly better than the last few home games.

"I don't think we are a bottom three side. We are there, but in the quality of the last two performances, whoever does come in will be confident they can lift us up the table.

"For now, we have to prepare as normal. We will carry on until the chairman and the board tell us otherwise."

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic:

"It's a good point for us. I want to praise my team because they showed great spirit.

"It was a good collective performance. Exactly what I said when those injuries hit us big time a few weeks ago, the only way we can compensate is with teamwork.

"That is exactly what we've done in the last three games. Three clean sheets and three points. I really want to praise the guys."

The stats you need to know

  • Swansea kept a clean sheet for the first time since September in the Premier League, ending a run of 10 games without one.
  • West Ham have drawn three successive league games 0-0 for the first time in their history.
  • The last Premier League team to do that were Burnley in September 2014 (also three games).
  • The Swans have won none of their last seven Premier League home games at Liberty Stadium (D4 L3), failing to score in five of those matches.
  • West Ham have won three and lost none of their last six Premier League games against Swansea.
  • West Ham managed just 239 passes in total in this match, the lowest total they've mustered this campaign.

What next?

Swansea host West Brom on 26 December, with Albion just five points above the Swans, while West Ham are at bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa.

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22RangelSubstituted forNaughtonat 69'minutes
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 24CorkSubstituted forShelveyat 73'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 10A AyewSubstituted forBarrowat 83'minutes
  • 18Gomis

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 8Shelvey
  • 11Emnes
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 20Montero
  • 26Naughton
  • 58Barrow

West Ham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Adrián
  • 5Tomkins
  • 19Collins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 4SongSubstituted forObiangat 73'minutes
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forJenkinsonat 85'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 16Noble
  • 10ZárateSubstituted forE Valenciaat 60'minutes
  • 26Jelavic

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 11E Valencia
  • 12Jenkinson
  • 14Obiang
  • 33Hendrie
  • 35Oxford
  • 39Cullen
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
20,661

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 0, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  7. Post update

    Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

  9. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Adrián tries a through ball, but Cheikhou Kouyaté is caught offside.

  10. Booking

    Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Enner Valencia with a cross following a corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Carl Jenkinson replaces Michail Antonio.

  13. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Tomkins (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Modou Barrow replaces André Ayew.

  16. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Pedro Obiang tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

  18. Post update

    Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leon Britton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

As It Stood

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2Arsenal16103329131633
3Man City16102432171532
4Tottenham1778228141429
5Man Utd178542214829
6Crystal Palace179262316729
7Watford178452116528
8West Ham176742521425
9Liverpool176652022-224
10Everton175843124723
11Stoke176561416-223
12Southampton175662121021
13West Brom175571723-620
14Bournemouth175482232-1019
15Chelsea175392127-618
16Norwich174582029-917
17Newcastle174581932-1317
18Swansea173681524-915
19Sunderland1733111833-1512
20Aston Villa1714121431-177
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