The fight for survival in the Premier League is one of the most intriguing facets of the English top-flight this season. One win or defeat can see a team move five or six places in the table.
A 4-1 victory by Swansea over relegation rivals West Ham on Saturday the Liberty Stadium is proof of that, as the Swans moved from 18th in the table to 13th place, above their opponents on goal difference.
Neither team are yet out of the relegation fight, with the pair still just three points clear of the drop zone. However, Swansea’s transformation in form under Carlos Carvahal has been incredible.
On Saturday, the Swans opened the scoring through a long yard effort from South Korean midfielder sung-Yueng Ki after just eight minutes. The midfielder turned provider on 32 minutes, as Mike van der Hoorn headed home the Swans second of the game courtesy of a Ki cross.
The Welsh side extended their lead early in the second period. Adrian saved an Andre Aye header, only for Andy King to follow up and score his first goal for the Swans since his arrival from Leicester in the January transfer window.
The Swans were not finished yet, though. Just after the hour mark, the lively Andre Ayew was brought down in the Irons area by midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate. Ayew’s brother Jordan made no mistake with the spot-kick to beat Adrian.
David Moyes side got a goal back through substitute Michail Antonio on 78 minutes. However, the goal will have been little consolation for anybody connected with the club from the capital.
Elsewhere, Southampton and Stoke played out a goalless draw at St Marys. The draw moved the Saints out of the relegation zone. However, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side are only outside the bottom three by a point. In fact, the Potters are just a point behind them in 19th place, that is how tight the bottom of the table is at the moment.
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