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West Ham formation hard to play against - Swansea's Laudrup

Michael Laudrup admitted his Swansea City team found it difficult to play against West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce went with six in midfield and no striker as his Hammers side forced a 0-0 draw away from home and Laudrup said it was certainly a tough test for the Swans who managed to move up to ninth despite failing to win.

"I knew it would be very difficult as they enjoyed huge success playing like this against Tottenham (earlier this month), winning 3-0," said Laudrup.

"We knew they would play without a striker and with six in midfield and it is difficult.

"You also know they are so good at set-pieces and we had some problems when they had four or five consecutively in the first half.

"We don't have the tallest guys but in the second half, despite not being at our best, we controlled it.

"They sat very deep and (Hammers keeper Jussi) Jaaskelainen was man of the match for me.

"I always want to win but we move up the table and this is okay."

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