West Ham United kept their first clean sheet since January as they picked up a huge victory at home to Swansea City on Saturday.
In a close fought encounter at the London Stadium, a Cheikhou Kouyate goal was enough to win three points that are a huge boost to the Hammers’ ambitions of avoiding a relegation dogfight in the closing stages of the season.
They are now eight points ahead of Swansea and the relegation positions with just six games remaining. Barring complete collapse, their Premier League status next season looks secure.
Perhaps most pleasing for Irons fan was the battling spirit and determined performance from Slaven Bilic’s men, all of whom looked ready to scrap and fight for each other.
It wasn’t a particularly silky showing, but every win counts and at this stage of the season grinding out results is the most important thing.
Their solid defensive efforts were typified by James Collins, whose display has been met with overwhelming praise from Hammers supporters.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his display…
Collins was an absolute rock today, Premier League survival all but secure. Focus needs to shift to the summer now #WHUFC
— James Gooderson (@james_gooderson) April 8, 2017
— ⚒Imran Khan ⚒ (@imran484_khan) April 8, 2017
Collins reaction when we won says it all. Gotta love ginge! #WHUFC
— Arron White (@ArronWhite) April 8, 2017
Thought Collins and the two full backs did well today. It was a squeaky win with very little firepower but much needed three points #WHUFC
— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) April 8, 2017
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) April 8, 2017
Massive 3 points … Collins and byram were unbelievable today as well … And I'm so pleased for super slav. Fans were class today #COYI⚒
— Ryan Archer⚒ (@ryan84archer) April 8, 2017
West Ham fans need to realise that today was about the result, not the performance, James Collins was immense, such a committed player #COYI
— Tom Charles (@TomCharles89) April 8, 2017
Delighted with the win. Collins my MOTM hard work all round today. Calleri did a lot of good today will improve with more game time #COYI
— CMcG_Talk (@WHUFCTALK1) April 8, 2017
At full time James Collins sunk to the ground and pounded his fist on the turf. Massive win for so many reasons. #COYI
— Iron Views (@ironviews) April 8, 2017