Soccer-West Ham record much-needed win to ease relegation fears

Reuters

* West Ham beat Swansea 1-0 to end winless run

* West Ham thwarted by Fabianski's heroics

* Kouyate opened the scoring with low 44th-minute drive

* West Ham twice hit the side netting after the break

* Toothless Swansea are now without a win since March 4

* West Ham visit Sunderland next, Swansea travel to Watford

WEST HAM UNITED 1 SWANSEA CITY 0

April 8 (Reuters) - West Ham United ended a run of five successive defeats with a 1-0 Premier League win against Swansea City on Saturday to ease their growing relegation fears.

The hosts tested Lukasz Fabianski numerous times in a bright opening before Cheikhou Kouyate struck with a thumping low drive just before the break.

Swansea, who are now without a win in five games, improved marginally after halftime but were only able to create a few half-chances as West Ham held on to register a much-needed victory.

West Ham's first win since early February saw them climb to 14th with 36 points. Swansea still sit in the relegation zone, in 18th place on 28 points. (Reporting by Tom Hayward; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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