On This Day | Swans soar past Hammers
Swansea City soared to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over West Ham in the final Saturday game at Upton Park on May 7, 2016.
Goals from Wayne Routledge, Andre Ayew and Ki Sung-Yueng gave Francesco Guidolin’s side a commanding lead in East London, before Bafetimbi Gomis put the icing on the cake in stoppage time.
Having guaranteed their Premier League status for another season following victory over Liverpool the previous week, the Swans had won seven of their 15 games since Guidolin took charge in January.
They built on their momentum by taking the lead in the 25th minute at Upton Park, as Ki and Kyle Naughton set up Routledge for the opener.
Ayew doubled the lead six minutes later when he showed terrific instincts to turn home Stephen Kingsley’s excellent cross for his 11th goal of the season.
Ki got in on the act six minutes after the restart; arriving late in the box to volley in Mo Barrow’s cross for his first league strike since Boxing Day.
West Ham were targeting a late surge for the Champions League places and they pulled a goal back in the 68th minute when Kingsley turned into his own net after Lukasz Fabianski did brilliantly to deny Michail Antonio and Diafra Sakho.
However, the Swans had the final word in the third minute of stoppage time following a quickfire counter that resulted in Gomis playing a neat one-two with Ayew before slotting home.
Three years earlier, Michael Laudrup’s side took a giant stride towards a top-half Premier League finish after beating Wigan Athletic 3-2.
The Swans came from behind twice at the DW Stadium, with Angel Rangel and Itay Shechter cancelling out efforts from Roger Espinoza and James McCarthy.
And the visitors completed the turnaround 14 minutes from time, as Dwight Tiendalli bundled home his first Swansea goal to give them all three points.
Two years previously, the Swans secured third place in the Championship with a comfortable 4-0 win over relegated Sheffield United at the Liberty.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were aiming to build momentum ahead of what would be a victorious play-off appearance and established full control with Stephen Dobbie’s brace sandwiching a Scott Sinclair penalty.
And the rout was completed in the dying moments when Leon Britton drilled a low 25-yard shot beyond the dive of George Long.