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Swansea return to Premier League action on Sunday with the disappointment of their 1-1 with Kuban fresh in their minds.
Michael Laudrup’s side looked set for their third successive Europa league group win thanks to Michu’s 68th minute goal however an injury time penalty from Djibril Cisse rescued a point for the Russian side.
While the Welsh side will be no doubt pleased to have remained unbeaten in the group stages they will have been disappointed at the concession of the late goal, a fact acknowledged by their Danish manager.
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Overall, it was a fair result,” said Laudrup
“When you are 1-0 in injury time, they get a counter, we should have kept the ball.
“They hit the counter, with two or three half chances. We had a lot of possession but did not create too much.
“When you are 1-0 up into injury time, you can call it frustrating. We have to move, we have to play until the last second. Now we will have to do our work away from home.”
Michel Vorm, Leon Britton and Jonathan de Guzman were all unused substitutes on Thursday and the trio will be hoping to start on Sunday while Ben Davies and Ashley Williams misses out.
Laudrup’s charges beat Sunderland 4-0 last weekend, their first home win in 9 games, on the back of a strong second half performance and they will have fond memories of their last home tie with the hammers when they ran out 3-0 winners.
West Ham meanwhile lost 3-1 at home to Manchester City last time out but they will point to their recent 3-0 win over Spurs at White Hart Lane as testament to the danger they possess.
Sam Allardyce is set to be once again without striker Andy Carroll although the former Liverpool star is edging closer to a first team return while Joey O’Brien is waiting in the wings should right back Guy Demel fail to recover from the dead leg his suffered against Manchester City last time out.
The game is set to be a back to back battle with Swansea seeking successive home wins for the first time since December 2012 while West Ham are hoping to achieve two away wins on the trot for the first time since December 2007.