Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/2/13
Andy Carroll gave his team's fight against relegation a much-needed shot in the arm as West Ham edged past Swansea 1-0 to record just their second win of 2013. Making his first start since November, Carroll proved to be an effective battering ram for the Hammers and their long-ball tactics. Sam Allardyce's men regularly launched the ball up to the England striker and while it was not easy on the eye, the tactic worked. The former Newcastle man wore down the Swansea defence and stole away from his marker towards the end of the second half to head home Mark Noble's corner for just his second goal in claret and blue. Swansea, for all their pretty football, only sprang to life when Carroll's goal went in and Michu had a rare off-day playing on his own up front. The Hammers are by no means assured of safety, but Allardyce will sleep better knowing their six-match winless streak has now come to an end. The Hammers boss will also be pleased his team recorded their first clean sheet ...
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