Burnley Continue Hot Streak As Hammers Implode
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 11 Mar 2018 12:50:00
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Burnley inflicted a first home defeat of 2018 on West Ham United to claim success in East London for the first time since December 2011 on Saturday afternoon, as they won 3-0 in Stratford to leave the Hammers winless in three Premier League games.

Although Winston Reid and Sam Byram had been ruled out for the rest of the season with injury earlier this week, manager David Moyes was able to welcome back both James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna to the starting line-up. Other changes meant Adrián's fifteen-match run in goal was over as Joe Hart's inclusion meant he dropped to the bench. 

Michail Antonio and João Mário both started, while there was still no home debut for Patrice Evra who joined Javier Hernández and Declan Rice in being left out.

The Clarets came into this game off the back of a 2-1 home victory over Everton last weekend and were keen to try to build on that success but the first real chance of the game fell the way of the hosts. Marko Arnautovic almost opened the scoring when he was played through by Mário but goalkeeper Nick Pope made a superb block with his legs to deny West Ham's star man.

Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini are a key partnership in the side and the two of them combined well just two minutes later but unfortunately for the home faithful, the Argentine sent his effort over the bar.

The home side were piling on the pressure and had another chance to go in front but Mário lifted his effort over the bar from Aaron Cresswell's set-piece. The Portuguese should have done a lot better, as Pope was blocked off by one of his own defenders.

The Irons were still trying to make the breakthrough and had an excellent chance on 39 minutes when Lanzini only had Pope to beat but, to be fair to the goalkeeper, he made another great block.

Moyes's side should have been awarded a penalty after Aaron Lennon clearly handled the ball but referee Lee Mason obviously didn't see the offence and Sean Dyche's side had got away with one.

At half-time it was all square so the hosts were on course to make amends for the recent results on the road.

West Ham were still playing well but survived a major scare when Ashley Barnes thought he had put the visitors ahead but had his effort ruled out for offside.

The turning point of the game came on 61 minutes when Dyche bought on Chris Wood in place of Jeff Hendrick and five minutes later, the substitute set up Barnes who rifled the ball into the net past a helpless Hart.

Once that had happened, all hell then broke loose, as fans made their way onto the pitch to protest against the club's owners, causing the West Ham players to momentarily lose their focus and soon after the situation got worse, as Wood increased the advantage.

After the setback of the second goal, Moyes made a change, replacing Mário with Hernández.

The mayhem continued as some fans had seen enough and even David Sullivan was advised to leave the directors' box, while David Gold also left in tears and this was all before Wood added his second after Hart had fumbled Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson’s shot and thus completed another thoroughly miserable afternoon for the East Londoners.

As FA Cup ties and internationals dominate the fixture calendar for the next fortnight, Moyes will take his squad to Miami for a warm weather training camp before their crucial return to Stratford against Southampton on March 31.

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