Rangel 20, Michu 29, Graham 64
West Ham 0
Swansea continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an impressive 3-0 win over a below-par West Ham outfit.
Both teams put forth full-strength squads for Saturday’s lunchtime kick off at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea’s squad saw only one change from their opening day romp over Queens Park Rangers, as the in-demand Scott Sinclair dropped out. Meanwhile, West Ham made a small number of changes in midfield.
After a positive start to the game, West Ham fell behind early on when Angel Rangel opened the scoring for the Swans. Michu doubled the Welsh club’s lead shortly afterwards, with Danny Graham sealing the deal in the second-half.
Swansea have become famous for their slick passing, fast-paced style of football, and that is exactly what proved too much for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham. The Hammers’ defence was lacking massively at the back for the majority of the game, and they were not much better up front either.
Michael Laudrup’s newest signing, Michu, proved to be invaluable yet again for the Swans. Providing his new club with a second goal inside half an hour, Michu netted his third goal this season and became the fastest Spaniard to ever reach three goals in the Premier League. The previous record was held by Fernando Torres, who scored three goals after four matches.
Laudrup had not tweaked the formation from his side’s first game of the season at QPR last week, and his decision to stick rather than twist proved effective. Nathan Dyer regularly combined fast and fluid runs with fellow forward Graham up front, with the two often pulling the ball back to Michu.
West Ham’s defence struggled to keep up with Swansea’s attacking formation, as the home side would switch the ball from one wing to the next at a second’s notice. The Hammers’ offensive offering on the other hand proved to be embarrassing for the newly promoted club.
Mohamed Diame and Carlton Cole provided the away side with occasional threats on Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal, but the Dutch goalkeeper saved the majority of strikes with relative ease.
We may only be two games in, but Swansea look set to better last year’s wonderful debut campaign in the top flight, and with the added bonus of new signing Ki Seung-Yeung, the Welsh outfit are looking set to be a force to be reckoned with this campaign.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor (Davies 84), Britton, de Guzman (Agustien 75) Dyer, Routledge (Moore 81), Michu, Graham
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins (Vaz Te 46), Noble, Nolan, Diame (Diarra 69), Jarvis, Cole (Maigia 62)
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