EPL Wrap: West Ham snatch last-minute win, Tottenham beat woeful Swansea

  • 03/01/2018

All Whites captain Winston Reid helped West Ham snatch a dramatic 2-1 win over West Brom in London on Wednesday (NZ time).

It was a much needed win for the Hammers who moved out of the relegation zone, and have a game in hand on all the teams below.

West Brom took the lead when James McClean's strike took a deflection off Angelo Ogbonna and looped over goalkeeper Adrian in the first half.

West Ham hit back when Andy Carroll found the back of the net to secore his first goal of the season.

And the striker then secured victory in the 94th minute when he steered in Marko Arnautovic's low cross to secure three much-needed points.

West Ham have a short turnaround for their next match on Friday (NZ time) when they face fellow-Londoners Tottenham who are coming off a 2-0 win over last-place Swansea City.

Former Swansea man Fernando Llorente headed Spurs in front after 12 minutes, although he was clearly offside when meeting Christian Eriksen's free kick.      

Harry Kane.
Harry Kane. Photo credit: Getty Images

Played in driving rain at the Liberty Stadium in Wales, Spurs looked largely in control until after the break despite swans' striker Jordan Ayew going close and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen inadvertently deflected the ball against his own post.               

Star striker Harry Kane came on for the final 20 minutes and set up an 89th-minute goal for Dele Alli that sealed the victory and lifted Spurs to fifth on the table, above their local rivals Arsenal.      

Meanwhile Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Watford on Tuesday (Wednesday (NZ time) as Tottenham Hotspur plunged Swansea into further crisis.    

After a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday ended their 18-match winning run, City, who lead second-placed Manchester United by 15 points, took 38 seconds to get in front when an unmarked Raheem Sterling turned in a low cross from Leroy Sane at the back post.            

Manchester City celebrate scoring one of their three goals against Swansea.
Manchester City celebrate scoring one of their three goals against Swansea. Photo credit: Getty Images

Belgian Kevin De Bruyne had a free kick tipped on to the bar but saw his low cross inthe 13th minute turned into his own net by Watford defender Christian Kabasele to make it 2-0.        

Andre Gray tested Ederson after a rare break from the visitors but City wrapped up victory in the 63rd minute when Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes fumbled a low De Bruyne cross and Sergio Aguero pounced to slot home the loose ball.               

Gray got a consolation for Watford in the 82nd minute, slotting home a low cross from Andre Carillo.

Crystal Place also claimed vital 2-1 away win at Southampton.


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