Slaven Bilic has expanded on the brief comments he made to the BBC immediately after the match.
And without making excuses has questioned whether the team can be expected to play much better with Carroll, without Payet, without Lanzini, without Sakho and without Moses?
Answering his own question he declares: “It’s too much.”
He said that with no disrespect to any player it is all about the squad and that was why we got a point before asking whether more could be expected of a team without such players.
He told West Ham TV said: “The guys played really well and put in great effort to gain a point and that’s why I am really pleased with the performance from the team.”
He added: “OK, we played without these players and we did so against Man United and against Stoke and in every one of those games we should have scored a goal.
“With two or three of those players back, not even all of them, I have a feeling that we would have definitely scored one or two goals per game.
“It’s great for us to continue our unbeaten run. Second, it’s our third straight clean sheet and third, we are expecting some of those players to come back very, very soon.”
With this arguably being the most unpredictable season in Barclays Premier League history, there appear to be no ‘gimmes’ anywhere.
“Swansea are a good team and that’s how I presented them to the guys on Saturday night. We spoke about them and they are a good side who have not been lucky enough to score goals.
“They have their qualities and they did not forget to play football. If you see them attack, of course they have a lot of quality. We defended with the whole team and, as I said, they deserve praise and this is a really good point.
And he didn’t forget to send each of us the greetings of the season saying: “Merry Christmas to all the Hammers! We are going to try to do everything to make you even happier and proud of us than you are,” he smiled.
“We need you all, especially when we are short of options. We feel you all behind us, as you always are and we’re going to do our best to make this Christmas period a happy one for you!”