Andy Carroll made quite the return by scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against a usually tough Swansea City side. Carroll had previously been out for two months with a knee injury, which really affected the Hammer attack up front. With Andy's return though, it seemed the whole team's form improved in one match. Kevin Nolan played his best game in a long time, getting a few shots off of Andy Carroll passes.
The Hammers still didn't score enough goals as they probably should have, but that did not seem to matter. The defense was in perfect form as they kept the Swans offense at bay for most of the first half. Matty Taylor and Joey O'Brien covered both sides and stopped any strikes that came there way. The defense had to be the top highlight from the match. Unfortunately, although they had a few excellent shots, the home side was not able to score either.
That all changed in the 77th minute. Mark Noble lifted a beautiful corner kick to the middle of the box. And who else would else would be there to receive it, but the former Liverpool star, Andy Carroll. With a slight touch of the head, the ball flew past Tremmel and West Ham finally had the goal that they were looking for.
Swansea responded by firing a few last minute shots, but it was all in vain as the Cockney boys got their first league victory in over a month. Big Sam can breathe a little easier as the Hammers can go with their heads held high into Villa Park.