Five things we learnt from West Ham United vs Swansea City

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The second to last game at the Boleyn Ground for West Ham United was one for them to forget as they lost by a three-goal margin to Swansea City.

Goals by Wayne Routledge and Andre Ayew in the first half gave the Welsh side a two-goal advantage entering half time, and they quickly followed it up with a third by Ki not long into the second half. Sakho got one back for The Hammers, but Bafetimbi Gomis came off the bench to score another for The Swans. That was enough for them to close out the game and leave London with all three points.

The Hammers will have to beat Manchester United on Tuesday night if they are to have any hope of claiming fifth place in the Premier League and the opportunity to play European football next season. Here are five things we learnt from the game.


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West Ham's dominant start not capitalized upon

Throughout the first 25 minutes of the game, West Ham was dominant when it came to possession and chances and barely gave Swansea a look in. They had around 70% of the possession in the opening 15 minutes of the game and had already had at least three chances.

Missed free kick opportunities by Dimitri Payet eventually came back to haunt The Hammers later on in the game, as Swansea increased their lead to three almost straight away into the second half, and the game was pretty much over by then. 

Antonio too far out of position gave Swansea a gap to work in

Michail Antonio was once again played in the right back position for West Ham, but it wasn't a position he stayed in for too long. Throughout the game, the 26-year-old constantly lingered in the opposition half and didn't get back quick enough when the Hammers lost possession.

Three of Swansea's four goals came from that right-hand side of the field with Antonio out of position, and it allowed Ki to have a field day. With no pressure by the West Ham player, the South Korean midfielder had plenty of room to move about in and provide chances, which The Swans took advantage of.

Swansea can win without Williams and Sigurdsson

When the squads were announced, neither Ashley Williams or Gylfi Sigurdsson were included in the starting line-up or the substitutes bench for Swansea. The Welsh defender was rested by Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin and he won't be played for the rest of the season as he prepares for the European Championship.

The Icelandic midfielder, on the other hand, was out of action due to a shoulder injury, but The Swans were able to survive without them and win quite convincingly. 

West Ham's European chances are slipping out of reach

West Ham desperately needed a win today to close the gap between themselves in sixth position in the Premier League and their visitors to the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night Manchester United. With The Red Devils win against Norwich City earlier in the day and The Hammers loss against Swansea, the gap between the two sides has now extended to four points from just the one.

Even with a win in a couple of days time, West Ham still needs United to slip once more against Bournemouth on the final day of the season to have any chance of claiming fifth spot and a place in European football next season as their own. A spot in the Europa League next season is almost out of their reach and there's not a lot they can do about it.

Swansea will struggle to keep hold of Ayew

Andre Ayew had a brilliant game against West Ham for Swansea, providing the second goal of the day.  The former Marseille striker now has 11 goals on the season and will likely start attracting interest from other clubs during the summer.

The forward is good enough to play in European football and there will be no shortage of suiters for him in the summer transfer window.

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