Swansea City 0 West Ham 0
SWANSEA City were forced to battle hard to earn a point in a goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea welcomed back skipper Ashley Williams after his ankle problem, a welcome sight given the visit to Cardiff is now just days away.
Swansea’s first chance fell to Alvaro Vazquez, his low header held by Jussi Jaaskelainen after a cross from Wayne Routledge.
Chico Flores headed straight at Jaaskelainen from point-blank range and West Ham collected the loose ball and broke through Ricardo Vaz Te. He found Ravel Morrison but he dragged wide of the far post.
Michel Vorm came for a long free-kick and missed it under pressure, with Rangel hooking the ball clear as it headed for the back of the net.
Vorm then punched a corner straight to Morrison, with several Swansea bodies rushing out to block the shot.
Substitute Matt Jarvis picked out Nolan, with the West Ham captain spooning over.
Swansea raised the tempo afer the break and Nathan Dyer crafted an opening for Vazquez, but the striker could not get a touch on the winger’s inviting ball.
Sam Allardyce threw on Carlton Cole, while Michael Laudrup introduced Wilfried Bony.
The Ivorian went close to giving Swansea the lead with 19 minutes to play. Jonathan de Guzman’s corner fell to the striker but Jaaskelainen pushed out his shot from the edge of the six-yard box.
Swansea appealed for a penalty in stoppage time, but referee Phil Dowd waved away appeals that Joe Cole had handled a Dyer cross.