Report and free match highlights as Michail Antonio scores twice in eight minutes to seal a vital victory for West Ham in their hunt for European football; Chris Wood’s penalty put Burnley ahead, scoring his seventh Premier League goal against West Ham
Monday 3 May 2021 22:33, UK
Michail Antonio’s first-half double was enough for West Ham to see off Burnley 2-1 in an entertaining encounter, sending the Hammers into fifth.
Although West Ham saw good early openings, it was Burnley who went ahead in the 19th minute as Tomas Soucek fouled Chris Wood in the box. The striker fired home the penalty, continuing his trend of goals against West Ham (seven goals in eight Premier League games).
But two-and-a-half-minutes later, Europe-chasing West Ham were level when Antonio (21) headed home. The lively forward then added his second soon after (29) as he turned home a superb Said Benrahma cross.
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Having registered 22 shots throughout the whole game, West Ham could have added more to their tally in the second half, although Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez had the best chance to score but could only fire wide.
The victory sees West Ham go above Tottenham into fifth, keeping them on track for European football next season with four games to play. Burnley are now winless in their last eight Premier League home games – matching their longest run without a top-flight victory at Turf Moor (eight between December 1970 and March 1971) – and remain in 16th.
How West Ham edged past Burnley
West Ham began wonderfully, and had two sights of goal inside 11 minutes. Antonio sent an effort wide from the top of the area, before Manuel Lanzini curled the ball just over Nick Pope’s bar.
But for all of West Ham’s early chances, it was Burnley who went ahead first. Some superb play from Wood inside the area saw Soucek swipe at his legs, handing the hosts a penalty. The striker stood up to take it himself, dispatching into the bottom left corner and through the palms of Lukasz Fabianski.
Wood has now scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than he has versus any other side in the competition, netting in all four of his Premier League appearances against the Hammers at Turf Moor.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Cork, McNeil, Westwood, Vydra, Wood.
Subs used: XXX, XXX, XXX
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Dawson, Diop, Coufal, Benrahma, Soucek, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio, Lingard.
Subs used: XXX, XXX, XXX
Man of the match: XXX
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But 154 seconds later, and West Ham were level. Vladimir Coufal sent in a superb cross from the top right corner, with Antonio rising above his marker to nod home. The forward was on target again eight minutes later. Benrahma curled a wonderful cross in from the left, with Antonio needing only the slightest of touch to send the ball past Pope.
Minutes later, it was almost an identical third and an Antonio hat-trick. Benrahma again fired in a cross from the left, but this time, Antonio’s outstretched foot was unable to turn it home. Burnley could also have added another with Matej Vydra getting the better of both Issa Diop and Fabianski in the area, but Craig Dawson was waiting to clear the ball off the line.
West Ham continued to impress at the start of the second half, racking up six shots in the opening 15 minutes after the break. Antonio had another glorious effort for his hat-trick too, but his right-footed shot hit the heel of his left. The ball then ran away from him as Burnley cleared.
Burnley should have equalised in the 64th minute. Josh Brownhill’s initial effort was saved wonderfully by Fabianski, before landing at Jay Rodriguez’s feet inside the six-yard area. His first effort was blocked by Coufal, before the second dragged well wide.
The chances kept coming from both sides – Rodriguez nodded wide from a corner before Antonio sent an effort just past the post. Late in the game, it was another superb break from West Ham, but Jesse Lingard’s effort pinged off Ben Mee before forcing a good save from Pope.
Man of the match – Michail Antonio
It was an absolutely superb performance from Antonio as the central striker. The signs were there inside mere minutes as he fired wide from the top of the area, but he was soon on target with two wonderfully taken goals.
He had other efforts to complete his hat-trick, but it wasn’t to be for the striker and he will likely be frustrated to have not got that third goal.
But he led the way for the West Ham team in terms of shots (6) and shots on target (2) as they aim for a strong finish to the season.
Opta stats – Super West Ham
- West Ham have scored 2+ goals in 11 Premier League games in 2021, a figure only Manchester City (15) can better.
- West Ham have both scored and conceded in 20 different Premier League games this season, more than any other side.
- Since his Premier League debut in September 2015, West Ham’s Michail Antonio has scored 19 headed goals in the competition, with no player managing more in that time (level with Olivier Giroud and Harry Kane).
- Michail Antonio has scored 45 Premier League goals for West ham, a haul only Paulo Di Canio (47) and Mark Nobel (46) can better for the Hammers.
West Ham United
Burnley are back on Monday Night Football next week when they travel to Fulham; kick-off 8pm. For West Ham, they host Everton on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.
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