Burnley hammer home three points against West Ham

Turf Moor, Home of Burnley Football Club. (Photo credit: Wikimedia, Aapan kaam)

Burnley got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over West Ham with goals from Ashley Barnes and the returning Chris Wood.

The win came after a dominant performance from the Clarets, in which they were assisted by goalkeeping errors from visiting keeper, Roberto, which included an own goal.

The Burnley side came into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United with manager Sean Dyche making three changes to his side, including two in the defence.

Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley came into the side for Erik Pieters and Matt Lowton alongside a returning Chris Wood, with the latter only needing 45 minutes to get back on the scoresheet.

It was Barnes who opened the scoring on the 11th minute for Burnley, after a corner to the back post was headed back across the box by James Tarkowski to Barnes to finish from six yards.

The Hammers were dealt another blow just nine minutes later as captain Mark Noble had to be substituted on the 20th minute for Andriy Yarmolenko.

The second of Burnley’s deadly duo, Chris Wood, had the ball in the back of the net in the 36th minute but VAR ruled the goal out for offside on Wood.

The Kiwi did manage to get his return goal on the 44th minute after a defensive mistake from West Ham presented the ball to Dwight McNeil who put the ball on a plate for Wood to double the scoring.

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West Ham’s defensive display had been their downfall but they made matters worse on the 54th minute as Roberto punched a corner into his own net.

VAR had another say in the game and stopped Burnley from extending their lead further as Ben Mee had his effort overturned after Roberto tripped over Barnes, who had ended up on the floor.

The decision was not to bee an important factor in the game as Burnley would finish the game strongly and secure a 3-0 win at Turf Moor.

Injured Irons hinder Hammers

Just before full time, Manuel Lanzini suffered a serious injury after a challenge from Ashley Westwood, with the Argentine needing to be stretchered off.

The West Ham playmaker is now set to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, adding further problems to West Ham’s decline after a good start to the season.

After starting the season with eight points from a possible 15, the Hammers now are without a win in their last six Premier League games.

Clarets’ diligent defence

The victory saw a new look Burnley back four after Dyche was not impressed with his side’s display at Sheffield United and hinted at changes before the game.

“I mentioned to the players yesterday and how tight it was for decisions as to who plays. Well that throws it all back into the mix!”

The additions of Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley saw the Clarets shut out the important Hammers assets in Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, limiting West Ham to very few chances in the game.

With only seven shots, only four of which were on target, West Ham were limited to very little by the tactics and defensive display from Dyche and Burnley.

The changes also saw Burnley improve their record at Turf Moor in the Premier League to 26 wins out of 43 games played against teams outside the ‘Top Six’.

Alongside this record, their stellar defensive display made it 21 clean sheets and 86 points taken from a possible 129 in what was Burnley’s fourth Premier League win against West Ham.