Coming in with a five-match losing streak, West Ham United were badly in need of something positive Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium. And they got just that.
Cheikhou Kouyate’s terrific goal just before halftime was the difference in the Hammers’ massive 1-0 victory against fellow struggles Swansea, itching them three big points away from the drop zone.
In a nervy first half requiring one moment of inspiration, that special spark came from the Senegalese captain. With a flashback to his form of last season, Kouyate drove through the midfield and produced a fine hit past Lukasz Fabianski in the 44th minute.
The second half would be much better than its predecessor, with both sides having their share of half-chances and threats on goal. But Slaven Bilic’s side were able to see off Paul Clement’s Swans for a crucial result for the Croatian manager and the club.
West Ham will look to continue making sure they don’t turn back the rest of the season next weekend, when they face the ultimate Premier League strugglers in last place doomed Sunderland.