Hammers Still Await Away Win
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 15 Oct 2017 13:02:00
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West Ham United picked up another point on the road on Saturday afternoon, as a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw denied them all three against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Despite concerns over his fitness during the international break, Javier Hernández was fit enough to start. However, Slaven Bilic made two changes from the victory over Swansea City last time out as Manuel Lanzini made his first start of the season and Marko Arnautovic returned from flu to take his place in midfield.

Winston Reid took the captain's armband, as Mark Noble and André Ayew dropped to the bench.

Looking to claim back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Hammers started well and controlled the opening stages but some resilient defending from the Clarets kept them at bay.

The visitors finally found the breakthrough on 19 minutes when a goal kick from Joe Hart was latched onto by Michail Antonio, who ran past a number of players to deceive goalkeeper Nick Pope and slot into the empty net.

Nine minutes later however, West Ham were dealt a blow when Andy Carroll was booked twice in under two minutes for elbowing both James Tarkowski and Ben Mee giving Stuart Attwell no choice but to send him off.

Although they were down to ten men, it didn't seem to be a problem for the visitors as they dealt with long-range efforts from Steven Defour, Scott Arfield and Robert Brady fairly comfortably.

The tables could have been turned on 33 minutes when the home side called for a penalty after Hart appeared to make contact with Wood but Attwell gave nothing.

The Irons had the chance to go further in front just before the break when Lanzini found himself in space and shot from just outside the area but it caused little problem for Pope.

At the break the Hammers still looked comfortable despite their numerical disavantage.

Both managers made changes during the interval; the Hammers replaced Arnautovic with Pedro Obiang, while Sean Dyche took off Arfield and Jeff Hendrick and introduced Sam Vokes and Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson.

The substitutions seemed to have little effect initially as West Ham continued to make chances. Obiang had a good effort saved by Pope and Antonio went close to extending their advantage on two occassions.

It wasn't until late on that the hosts sensed they could get at least a point from the game.

They had an excellent chance when Gudmundsson nearly found the net but thankfully the ball rebounded off the right-hand upright and onto Hart's back before he grabbed the ball.

In an effort to exert more pressure on the Burnley defence, Bilic made a second change as he replaced the hard-working Hernández with Diafra Sakho.

Just when it was looking like the visitors would grab a first away win of the campaign, a great cross from Gudmundsson was expertly dispatched by the head of Chris Wood in the 85th minute.

Three minutes later, a final Hammers' change was made as Arthur Masuaku took the place of Lanzini.

Although four minutes of stoppage time were added, neither team were able to find a winner but thanks to Stoke City's heavy defeat at The Etihad Stadium, West Ham climbed to 14th in the table, ahead of their home clash with newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday evening.


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