Football

Sickener for Sam as Hammers are held

SWANSEA CITY 1

(Noble 74 og)

WEST HAM UNITED 1

(Carroll 43)

Sam Allardyce missed West Ham’s trip to Swansea with a chest infection, and his spirits would not have been lifted as his side were denied two points.

The Hammers manager had to leave his assistant Neil McDonald in charge at the Liberty Stadium, but things were going to plan when Andy Carroll conjured up a goal of the season contender two minutes before the break.

Carroll was moving away from goal and Swansea had chances to clear, but they didn’t take them and the big striker turned to deliver a stunning shot into the top corner.

West Ham had good chances to win the game, but Swansea claimed a share of the points when Bafetimbi Gomis rose at a corner and his header hit the post and went in off West Ham midfielder Mark Noble.