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Two-goal Andy Carroll helped West Ham United climb to third within the English Premier League that has a 3-1 victory over ten-man Swansea City at Upton Park.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce put his neck at stake leading into the game after revealing he opted to sign Carroll as an alternative to Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013, insisting his decision could well be vindicated over time. Bony has since lit the league and is particularly in a very rich vein of form, while Carroll has struggled for both fitness and form since his club-record go on to east London.

It looked just as if Allardyce's comments would backfire on him and the player when Bony placed the Swans before, but Carroll's brace - along with a third from returning substitute Diafra Sakho - sealed a come-from-behind victory to depart just Chelsea and Manchester City above the Hammers. Swansea ended the match men down, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dismissed for looking to impede Sakho as they bore documented on goal.

The visitors ended up second-best up to they went ahead using their first chance as Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson exchanged passes ahead of the former fed Bony, who coolly slotted home past Adrian for his 19th league goal of 2014 with the exceptional seventh in nine games. Swansea were having a lesser amount of the ball but looked more incisive and can have doubled their deceive 26 minutes as Sigurdsson's driven effort was pushed away through the West Ham stopper.


Carroll will not be enjoying a similar goalscoring record as counterpart Bony, but the English international showed what exactly he is capable of while he rose to go home a Jenkinson cross five minutes prior to the break. It absolutely was Bony who just as before came close for the hour-mark because he collected Montero's pass and flashed an endeavor past Adrian, merely to visualize it clip the crossbar and go behind before an objective-kick.

— Tuesday, December 09, 2014