Swansea City 0-0 West Ham United

Swansea City ended their three-match losing streak but remain without a win in seven after they were held to a goalless Barclays Premier League draw by West Ham United.
Andre Ayew, Bafetimbi Gomis and Ki Sung-yueng all had chances to win the match for Swansea but visiting goalkeeper Adrian proved too much of an obstacle.

The hosts also had shouts for a penalty turned down, claiming James Collins had handled in the area during the second half as they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
West Ham, who were without Andy Carroll, who had three goals in two matches against the Swans last term, relied heavily on the attacking threat of Mauro Zarate, but the Argentinian failed to make any of his opportunities count and was substituted.

The result represents a fourth draw in a row for West Ham, a third with no goals, and they are also without a win in seven top-flight matches. A point was not enough to lift Swansea out of the relegation zone, while West Ham will spend Christmas in eighth.
Swansea started the match in fine fashion and got an early chance to open the scoring via Gomis. But the French striker sent his opportunistic volley wide of the West Ham goal.
Ayew looked dangerous shortly after when he beat his man to a Neil Taylor cross from the left, but his header went just over.

Zarate was West Ham’s main threat in the opening 45 minutes and he tested Lukasz Fabianski with a powerful strike from the left after cutting inside, but his attempt went straight at the Swansea goalkeeper.
Ki got an opportunity to break the deadlock midway through the first half after good work from Gomis inside the area, but Adrian did well to deflect the attacker’s right-foot shot wide.
Zarate continued to cause the Swansea defence problems on the counter-attack and he unleashed a fine strike towards the top corner on the half-hour, but Fabianski reacted well to deny the forward.
Ayew tried his luck in the closing stages of the first half after Gomis’s poor shot ended up at the Ghanaian’s feet in a dangerous position, but he fired inches wide for it to remain goalless at half-time.
Jack Cork produced a stunning volley on the hour after Cheikhou Kouyate failed to clear a corner, only for Adrian to pull off a sublime save to deny the Spaniard.

Swansea claimed a penalty when Collins deflected Ki’s goalbound shot, but referee Lee Mason turned them down.
With 15 minutes left, substitute Enner Valencia beat his marker before cutting inside on to his right foot and sending a strong shot through the middle, but Fabianski did enough to tip it over the bar.
There was a late chance for Gylfi Sigurdsson to claim the three points for Swansea after Adrian had denied Gomis, but the Iceland midfielder could not get his shot from 30 yards on target as it remained scoreless in south Wales.
Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis: “In terms of possession, we were excellent. We looked like a Swansea City team again. The last two performances have been really good but unfortunately we’ve only picked up one point. We bossed the game in terms of possession and territory but I think we lacked that killer edge up front.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “I am happy with the point. ! want to praise the guys because we were very resilient and very stubborn in a positive way. We defended really well and I think we deserved the point.

“When we were really hit with these injuries, I said that the only way we were going to compensate that loss is with a team performance and that’s exactly what we have done in the last three games. Three clean sheets and three points.”

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