Hammers Turn Up Heat on Burnley
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 19 Oct 2014 13:49:00
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West Ham United recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season after they beat newly-promoted Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Sam Allardyce made two changes to the side that faced Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park last time out. James Tomkins had picked up an injury, so was replaced by James Collins and Mark Noble returned to make his 200th Premier League appearance for the club in place of Mauro Zarate. Amongst the substitutes, there was a welcome return for Joey O'Brien.

The home side were on the front foot when the action commenced and the Hammers were lucky not to be behind. George Boyd's effort hit the crossbar with Adrian beaten as early as the sixth minute.

Two minutes later, Sean Dyche's side had the ball in the net but the strike from Lukas Jutkiewicz was ruled out for offside.

Burnley were piling on the pressure and came close, on two separate occasions within four minutes of each other. Firstly, on 15 minutes from a Kieran Trippier freekick, Jutkiewicz headed over and on 19 minutes, Adrian was forced to make a fingertip save from Michael Kightly's effort and diverted the ball behind for a corner.

The Irons were starting to get a foothold in the game after all the early pressure from the hosts and went close themselves on 26 minutes, when Diafra Sakho failed to beat Tom Heaton following Aaron Cresswell's well-hit cross.

Stewart Downing fashioned another good chance for the Hammers just four minutes later, when he cut in from the right wing and saw his left-foot shot hit the outside of the post.

The East Londoners continued to show their superiority but just before the break Burnley went mightily close to opening the scoring but Jutkiewicz just failed to meet Boyd's cross.

When the teams headed down the tunnel and into the dressing rooms for half-time, the match remained goalless.

Shortly after the second-half had got underway, the visitors were in front. Cresswell's cross found Sakho who headed into the net, giving the keeper no chance.

Just five minutes later the advantage was doubled, as Carl Jenkinson sent a cross over for Enner Valencia to get his head onto, which he did in some style and the ball was in the net for a second time.

That was the last contribution Valencia would make to the game, as on 57 minutes, Allardyce replaced him with Carlton Cole and he almost made an immediate impact as the Hammers won a corner and his effort looked destined for the back of the net but was somehow cleared by the Clarets' defence.

Three minutes later the home side reduced the arrears. Adrian misjudged the flight of the ball from a corner and after a bit of penalty box pinball, Boyd was on hand to make the net bulge.

The scores were almost level two minutes later, when Danny Ings headed just wide from Trippier's cross but on 70 minutes, West Ham went further in front when Noble's corner was headed across goal by Sakho for Cole to head home from close range.

On 83 minutes, Dyche made a double change, as Marvin Sordell came on for Kightly and Nathaniel Chalobah replaced Ings. Big Sam then followed suit by bringing on Kevin Nolan in place of Alex Song.

Burnley had another chance with three minutes to go but Ashley Barnes was the latest player to see his effort hit the woodwork.

Even with five minutes of injury time signalled it was too late for the hosts and the Hammers took all three points with them back to East London moving them up to fourth place.

The Irons have a tough test ahead of them next weekend, as Premier League Champions, Manchester City visit Upton Park for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

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