Swansea struggles continue with no manager, no goals and no festive cheer

Slaven Bilic happy to get point with West Ham missing key players

Goals seem as hard to come by as managers in this part of south Wales at the moment. Yet to appoint a replacement for Garry Monk and with only one win from their last 13 league matches, Swansea's frustration continues on and off the pitch after a result that ensures they will spend Christmas Day in the relegation zone.

Swansea controlled the game for long periods against a West Ham side that looked there for taking given all their injury problems, but the fact that only Aston Villa and Stoke City have scored fewer goals than the Welsh club this season tells its own story. Huw Jenkins, the chairman, needs to recruit a proven striker as well as a manager over the coming weeks if Swansea are to start climbing the table.

There was no shortage of effort as the home side huffed and puffed, with Adrían, the West Ham goalkeeper, making a couple of excellent saves to deny Ki Sung-yueng in the first half and Jack Cork on the hour mark, yet Swansea ran out of ideas.

As for West Ham, Slaven Bilic departed with the point that he had set his team up to collect. With Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, Victor Moses, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet all absent through injury, this was never going to be the West Ham side that wreaked havoc on the road earlier in the season.


They have now gone seven games without a win yet it is Swansea, not West Ham, who are looking anxious over their shoulder.

It is now 12 days since Monk was sacked as manager and the failure to land a replacement meant that we had to make do with a picture of Jenkins collecting his OBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle rather than his usual column in the matchday programme. Guardian Service