Former Swansea striker Andre Ayew returned to haunt his old club with the first half opener before Winston Reid, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll piled on the misery for Bradley after the break. Amid reports of player unrest and ridicule of his use of Americanisms when discussing football, the beleaguered Bradley conceded last week that more bad results over the Christmas period could see him dismissed. With Swansea languishing in the relegation zone after winning only twice in Bradley’s 11-match reign, the former United States and Egypt coach needs a dramatic revival to avoid being axed just months after replacing Francesco Guidolin. Ahead of their trip to south Wales, West Ham had denied any interest in a potential takeover approach from energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, but there was no lack of pep in the Hammers’ step as they quickly took control. Ayew was greeted with a chorus of boos whenever he had possession in the early stages of his first return to Swansea since his 20.5 million (24 million euros, $26.7 million) pre-season transfer. But Ayew produced the perfect response to his detractors as he put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute. interviewSwansea had just wasted an opportunity to take the lead when Borja Baston curled wide from inside the penalty area. And Ayew made them pay when Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made a hash of dealing with a harmless flick from Cheikhou Kouyate. Fabianski’s flap parried the ball into Ayew’s path, leaving the Ghana star with the simple task of slotting into the empty net for his first goal of an injury-hit season.
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