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West Ham United 3 - 1 Swansea City

West Ham's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his team's equaliser in the 3-1 win over Swansea Credit: PA photo

Andy Carroll won the battle of the strikers at the Boleyn Ground, as West Ham wrapped up all three points against 10 man Swansea City.

All the talk in the build up had been about the battle between the opposing forwards, with Hammers' manager Sam Allardyce admitting he'd opted to sign Carroll over Swans' hitman Wilfried Bony in the transfer market. But it was Bony who put the visitors ahead after 19 minutes after Jefferson Montero's pull back.

But, as the game approached half time, West Ham made the most of their aerial threat, Carroll rising highest to head home from Carl Jenkinson's diagonal.

The Hammers' second also came from a Carroll header, although it took Swansea's Leon Britton - a player somewhat shorter in stature - to divert the ball into the net rather than the intended target of over the bar.

Swansea's hopes were effectively extinguished moments later, when goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was adjudged to have brought down Diafra Sakho as he bore down on goal.

The resulting red card was compounded on 81 minutes, when Sakho profited from a Carroll flick on to bury the ball in the top corner and put the result beyond doubt.

Full time (90 + 6): West Ham 3 - 1 Swansea (HT 1-1)

West Ham - Carroll 41', 66', Sakho 81'

Swansea - Bony 19'


Swansea City face fellow high-flyers West Ham

Swansea City travel to West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday lunchtime, with both sides flying high after strong starts to the season.

West Ham are fifth, while Swansea are just two points back in eighth, and could leapfrog their hosts with a win at Upton Park.

The game has been billed as a battle of the two big centre forwards, after West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admitted to having turned down the chance to sign Wilfried Bony in favour of Andy Carroll.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has scored 18 Premier League goals in 2014. Credit: PA

A 2-0 defeat in east London in February proved to be Michael Laudrup's last game as Swansea manager, with Garry Monk stepping into the hotseat.

Monk is promising his side will play with no fear this afternoon, despite only picking up one away win so far this season.

Swansea defender Federico Fernandez is still absent with a calf injury, while full back Neil Taylor is suspended.

Full time: Wrexham 3 - 1 Maidstone United

Wrexham are through to the third round of the FA Cup, after beating Maidstone United 3-1 at the Racecourse.

Andy Bishop scored with a penalty and a header in the second half, to add to Manny Smith's first-half strike.

Maidstone were reduced to 10 men when Aaron Simpson was dismissed, before Alex Flisher got their goal.

Wrexham were comfortable against a side who play their football two tiers below them, and will now go into Monday's third round draw, hoping for a prestigious and valuable tie against one of the country's big clubs.

Full time: Cardiff City 0 - 0 Rotherham

Cardiff City were forced to settle for a point after a disappointing draw with Rotherham.

Despite chances for Sean Morrison, Craig Noone and Federico Macheda, the home side were unable to make the breakthrough.

The result leaves the Championship side on 30 points ahead of their away match with Bournemouth next Saturday.


Half time: Cardiff City 0 - 0 Rotherham

Despite a couple of decent chances, Cardiff City were unable to break the deadlock by half time in their home match against Rotherham.

Sean Morrison, with two headers, came closest for the Bluebirds, while midfielder Craig Noone had a shot saved.

Cardiff, on 30 points, started the day 2 points off the Championship play off places.

Wrexham host Maidstone in FA Cup second round

Wrexham face Maidstone United in the FA Cup this evening, with a place in the famous third round of the competition, and a potential draw against a big club, at stake.

Wrexham reached the second round last season, but lost to Oxford United. Credit: PA

Maidstone play in the Isthmian League Premier division, two tiers of the football pyramid below Wrexham, but they stunned League Two Stevenage in the first round of the cup.

Wrexham beat fellow Conference side Woking 3-0 to set up this evening's second round tie at the Racecourse.

Rotherham the visitors to Cardiff in Championship clash

Cardiff take on Rotherham at the Cardiff City Stadium later looking to end the day in the Championship play-off places.

Anthony Pilkington is expected to be out for around a month. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

The Bluebirds are in good form going into the game having dispatched Watford 1-0 in their last league encounter.

Cardiff have won their last five homes games, but boss Russell Slade will have to try and secure number six without winger Anthony Pilkington, who is expected to be out for three or four weeks with a hamstring problem.

Elsewhere defender Bruno Ecuele Manga (knee) and midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi (multiple muscular injuries) are also sidelined.

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