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Chaotic scenes as Burnley win at West Ham

West Ham's captain Mark Noble confronts a supporter who ran onto the pitch after Burnley scored

West Ham fans invaded the pitch at London Stadium after three second-half Burnley goals condemned the hosts to a third consecutive defeat.

Hammers captain Mark Noble tried to send one pitch invader away and another sprinted on holding a corner flag shortly after Chris Wood added to Ashley Barnes’ opener for the visitors.

Substitute Wood made it three for Sean Dyche’s men, who narrowed the gap on sixth-placed Arsenal to two points and won their first away game since November.

West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold were forced to leave the directors’ box near the end as anger boiled over and supporters chanted ‘sack the board’.

David Moyes’ West Ham are in 16th place, three points from the bottom three.

The home side’s collapse was at odds with an impressive first half when they started well, going close through striker Marko Arnautovic and playmaker Manuel Lanzini, who were denied by the legs of Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

They might have had a first-half penalty too when Aaron Cresswell’s cross struck Burnley winger Aaron Lennon’s arm, but the second-half introduction of New Zealand international Wood for the visitors turned the game as it did during the Clarets’ last win against Everton, when he scored the winner.

Troubles deepen on and off the pitch

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West Ham have planned to fly to Miami for warm-weather training after this game.

You might not blame the players and manager David Moyes if they want to be far from home after this defeat signalled deepening problems on and off the pitch.

Moyes had called their last defeat, the 4-1 reverse at Swansea , “embarrassing” but against Burnley he could not fault the overall efforts of his players for 45 minutes at least.

They pressed superbly in the first half, should have scored twice, and had their visitors on the back foot.

Argentine midfielder Lanzini was pulling the strings and, with the fans behind them, West Ham looked most likely to take something from the match.

Then it all changed. Ashley Barnes’ emphatic opener prompted anger to boil over in the stands and a fan ran on to the pitch. There had been a small protest by some home supporters before the game too, but the Burnley goal triggered chaos.

The repeated pitch invasions cannot have helped the focus of the home players, who wilted as Burnley scored another two.

West Ham have now won only one of their last seven league games, claiming just five points from a possible 21 during this run.

With just eight games remaining, and a two-week break because of FA Cup matches (which they are not involved in) and international football, Moyes must find a way to rebuild his players’ confidence.

Wood makes big difference again

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Winning can become a habit and after claiming their first victory in 12 league games against Everton last week, Burnley have another.

This triumph over West Ham, their first back-to-back wins since December, was testament to a vastly improved second half.

They did not have a shot on target and rode their luck before the break, but it all changed – again – when Dyche brought Wood off the bench.

The towering Kiwi suddenly leading the line with Barnes made a big difference.

Wood, who created Barnes’ opener, is the first player to be involved in three Premier League goals as a substitute since Everton’s Steven Naismith in 2015, and he has a knack for making things happen.

Being able to leave him out after he made such a big impact last week suggests Dyche has genuine strength in depth.

Burney will need it as they pursue sixth place and Europa League qualification.

But the Clarets manager can point to his team’s impressive mentality as evidence they can keep going, having stuck to their task amid the second-half drama and plundered three goals.

Man of the match – Chris Wood (Burnley)

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‘You can’t cross the line’ – what they said

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West Ham manager David Moyes told BBC Match of the Day: “Up until the goal you wouldn’t have thought that it would have been such a bad day. We had played well enough to be in front but the first goal quickly altered things.

“We want the supporters behind us, since I’ve been here they’ve been really good. But you can’t cross the line and come on the pitch.

“A lot of my players did well with the way they acted.

“We still have plenty of games, we are good enough and we will be out of the bottom three come the end of the season. I’m confident we have the players here.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche told Match of the Day: “They were the better side in the first half, we had to do the ugly stuff to stay in it.

“We have to focus on ourselves.

“You can’t play like we did in the first half and expect to get things out of the game.

“The first marker was to be better than last season. We have played better and now we have 43 points, the highest in the Premier League era. That’s pleasing with eight games to go.”

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West Ham can’t stop conceding – the stats

  • West Ham United have lost three league games in a row by a margin of three or more goals for the first time since March 2008.
  • Burnley have now recorded their highest points tally in a single Premier League season (43), with eight games still to spare.
  • Ashley Barnes has scored in three successive appearances for Burnley – the last time he scored in three successive games was in May 2011 for Brighton (four games).
  • Burnley did not manage a single shot on target until the 66th minute of this match, which Ashley Barnes scored with. The Clarets then scored with their second shot on target three minutes later.
  • Overall, Burnley scored three goals despite posting just four shots on target in this match.
  • Of goalkeepers to have appeared in at least four matches this season, Joe Hart has the worst goals-conceded-per-game average (2.2 per game).
  • David Moyes has faced Sean Dyche five times as manager in all competitions, failing to win a single meeting (D2 L3).

What’s next?

West Ham host Southampton on Saturday, 31 March (15:00 GMT), while Burnley travel to the Hawthorns to face West Brom on the same day (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 25Hart
  • 19Collins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3CresswellBooked at 40mins
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 16Noble
  • 30Antonio
  • 18João MárioSubstituted forHernándezat 71′minutes
  • 10LanziniBooked at 54mins
  • 7Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 12Hugill
  • 13Adrián
  • 17Hernández
  • 27Evra
  • 33Cullen
  • 41Rice
  • 43Browne

Burnley

  • 29Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 25LennonBooked at 76mins
  • 4Cork
  • 18WestwoodBooked at 57mins
  • 17Berg Gudmundsson
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forWoodat 61′minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forVokesat 89′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Nkoudou
  • 8Marney
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Wood
  • 22Lindegaard
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
56,904

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Burnley 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Burnley 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Ashley Barnes.

Offside, Burnley. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Foul by James Collins (West Ham United).

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

Delay in match (Burnley).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 0, Burnley 3. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Cork.

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chicharito with a cross.

Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Booking

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (West Ham United).

Foul by James Collins (West Ham United).

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Aaron Lennon.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Chicharito replaces João Mário.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 0, Burnley 2. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (West Ham United).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 0, Burnley 1. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Chris Wood replaces Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Booking

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

Booking

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United).

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

Offside, Burnley. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Jeff Hendrick is caught offside.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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