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Burnley v West Ham United Live Commentary, 03/05/2021

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C. Wood (19 pen)
M. Antonio (21)
M. Antonio (29)
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For West Ham then, an even bigger crunch clash is up next in the shape of fellow European hopefuls Everton, six points behind them with a game in hand. That is surely a must-win for the Hammers. Burnley, meanwhile, face Fulham - and a win would secure their safety officially. Until then, however, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
Burnley sit in 16th, but with a nine-point cushion on Fulham and only four games to go, they surely should be safe now, Even so, Sean Dyche will be frustrated to not see the spoils shared given the chances his side had late on.
What a major result that is for West Ham. In the congestion of a frantic race - and with Southampton still able to pinch a spot through the FA Cup if they win - there really is no more room for dropped points if they hope to get to Europe. This win here takes them closer - if not to the Champions League, then still the Europa League at the very least.
Michail Antonio's first half double is enough to see off Chris Wood's penalty - and West Ham keep themselves in the hunt for the Champions League with an energetic victory over Burnley at Turf Moor at the Premier League! David Moyes banked on a high attacking game and it paid off - just about. They take the three points; at full-time, this has finished Burnley 1-2 West Ham.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: BURNLEY 1-2 WEST HAM
90' + 2' Goalkeeper up for a set-piece klaxon! Dawson intervenes to carve up a dangerous Burnley move and Nick Pope moves downfield for the set-piece. He gets a touch, but it's not threatening enough, as are the half-dozen others, before it goes out for a goal kick. Surely that is the last chance saloon?
90' Lingard! Pope stands firm to deal with the latest Hammers breakway and the ball ricochets off the goalkeeper for a corner. It could have very easily bounced the wrong side of the near post. There will be three added minutes as the set-piece is dealt with.
89' Some top drawer work from Dawson in defence now, to steer away a Taylor cross following a Burnley counter, but the Clarets remain dangerous. The corner is pinged away too, but the Hammers now look set to fight tooth and nail over these final few minutes.
J. Guðmunds­son
Yellow Card
Burnley
87' It is positively raining yellow cards at Turf Moor all of a sudden. Gudmunds­son trims down Bowen on the break and the Burnley man is flashed a booking.
C. Dawson
Yellow Card
West Ham United
86' Now Craig Dawson is flashed a yellow card for taking his time to restart, as he tries to eat up the remaining time on the clock.
A. Barnes
C. Wood
Burnley
85' Ashley Barnes is the final new face for Burnley, and he replaces Wood.
B. Mee
Yellow Card
Burnley
85' Mee comes in with all the grace of a blind donkey on Lingard and the two tumble to the ground. There doesn't look to be any serious weight in the challenge, but it will be a yellow card regardless.
82' As West Ham pour forward again - they have pressed exquisitely this evening - a quick reminder that this victory would lift them up to fifth in the table, two points ahead of Tottenham. They're only seven points off their best ever tally in the Premier League era heading into today's game.
80' If there is a frustration to be had, it is that West Ham have not put this game to bed already for David Moyes. His side have been involved in some see-saw results this season - but with three times as many shots here as their hosts, they really should have found more daylight.
J. Bowen
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
78' West Ham make their first swap now and it is Benrahma who gives way to Jarrod Bowen.
77' Jesse Lingard’s nine Premier League goals this season have been worth 10 points to West Ham, more than any other player since his first appearance for them in February. But of the forwards on show, he's had a quiet night for the visitors.
J. Guðmunds­son
D. McNeil
Burnley
74' Johann Berg Gudmunds­son has arrived for Burnley now in their second change, with McNeil making way for him.
73' Another West Ham move, another West Ham shot. this time, Cresswell is the man to hammer an effort just wide of the far post.
72' Antonio again! This would have been an outstanding finish in terms of the lead-in to the strike, but the forward just hooks the eventual shot around the wrong side of the right post. This has been attractive football from the visitors; it is their 18th attempt of the game.
70' Rodriguez can't steer his finish close enough to trouble anyone from the set-piece and it sails away for a goal-kick.
69' Coufal has had an excellent game but now he concedes a corner through a simple error. This is where the Hammers need to be alert...
67' West Ham have both scored and conceded in 20 different Premier League games this season, more than any other side
65' What an extraordinary miss from Rodriguez! There's a scrap on the edge of West Ham's six-yard area, after Brownhill's shot is spilled into open play, and the substitute sees it open for him - only to promptly smash it the wrong side of the left post from almost bang in front.
63' Benrahma lofts a great delivery in which Dawson taps hard towards goal, beating out the pack in the box. He's quick - too quick, in fact, as he is flagged for offside, meaning Pope's fine save is all for show in the end.
J. Rodriguez
M. Vydra
Burnley
61' Burnley make the first change of the game now and it is Jay Rodriguez who has taken to the field, replacing a less-than-impressed Vydra.
59' It goes without saying, but a third goal would ease the threat of dropped points here for West Ham. Victory would vault them back over Tottenham and into fifth, leaving them three points off the pace of Chelsea.
57' Now Benrahma misses on the back of a corner conceded by Taylor. After that initial burst of end-to-end action, West Ham have exerted the stronger pressure so far as we approach the hour mark in this game.
55' Antonio! Now that should have been the hat-trick, as he tries to guide a close-range finish in a crowded box in at the left post. Fornals supplies the ball but the attacker can only hit his own foot with his shot. That is a tough blow.
53' Being a May Bank Holiday in England, the weather is quite naturally dreadful across the country today and Turf Moor is no exception. It's a bit surprising that there has not been more players slipping on soggy turf; it is chucking it down in Lancashire, to put it mildly.
51' Here's a quite remarkable stat. This is just the second time Burnley have found themselves behind in a home PL game at half time despite scoring the first goal, previously doing so against Chelsea in August 2014.
49' Antonio's touch in the box now lacks the precision of his earlier efforts, wayward on this occasion, and Burnley survive the set-piece with some degree of comfort.
48' Well, neither side has let their foot slip off the pedal. No sooner have the Clarets pinged some dangerous balls into the opposition box, West Ham break with a fantastic counter. The final pass in from Antonio is not great, but they have a second chance a moment later and win a corner off it.
46' We are back underway for the second half at Turf Moor. Can Burnley claw their way back into this one or will West Ham hold them off for the three points?
West Ham have lost just one of their 13 PL games in which they've been leading at HT this season (W10 D2), losing to Man Utd in December.
A brace for Michail Antonio has cancelled out an early penalty for Chris Wood in the Premier League - and it is West Ham who sit on top at Turf Moor against Burnley. The visitors are keeping their European ambitions on track - but their hosts are sure to respond after the break. At half-time, it is Burnley 1-2 West Ham.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BURNLEY 1-2 WEST HAM
45' There will be two added minutes at Turf Moor.
44' Sean Dyche continues to bark orders on the sidelines. David Moyes is more sedate, but no less intent as the two sides become locked in a midfield tussle.
42' There likely won't be too many added minutes in this contest - which might suit West Ham more than anyone else, as Burnley are starting to find their feet somewhat. A comeback before half-time isn't implausible.
40' Credit to Burnley, they remain firmly in this contest, though the sense that their penalty drove West Ham to their own breakthrough certainly lingers. Lowton tries to bring back a ball for Wood wide on the right but can't reach it before it rolls out of play.
38' Antonio also only needs three more goals to become the Hammers' top Premier League scorer. He currently trails Mark Noble and Paolo Di Canio.
36' Only Tim Cahill (56), Javier Hernandez (53) and Gabriel Jesus (49) have scored more PL goals with 100 per cent coming from inside the box than West Ham's Michail Antonio (45). Now that is a stat.
34' What a chance for Vydra - and what a piece of defence from Dawson! The Burnley attacker has a break against the tide into the Hammers box, turns around and pulls Fabianski off his line before chipping him - but the defender is there to head it off the unmarked line and away from the empty net.
32' Antonio! It was almost the first-half hat-trick for the striker, so close to tapping in another lovely Benrahma ball which itself brushed the outside of the far post.
30' This isn't an absolute 180 - Burnley's goal came against the run of play - but it is certainly a remarkable passage for West Ham. Sean Dyche, unlike his opposite number, will not be happy.
S. Benrahma
Assist
West Ham United
29' Two West Ham goals, two lovely balls for the assist. Benrahma could be dining out on that delivery for a while.
M. Antonio
Goal
West Ham United
29' GOAL! MICHAIL ANTONIO BAGS A SECOND FOR WEST HAM! 2-1! It's off the foot of the striker, the slightest of touches as he runs towards the goal to meet a cross from Benrahma. He almost doesn't expect it - two Burnley plays miss with diving headers to clear - and he rustles it past Pope. The Hammers hit the front!
28' It's steady as a rock at the back for the visitors. David Moyes will be happy with that.
27' Burnley have the first corner of the game. This will be an early test of West Ham's set-piece defence, something they have been exploited from this season.
25' Both goals have given this game an absolute jolt of excitement though, which isn't always the case when these two pit wits. Let's hope it can be maintained over the next hour and a bit.
23' There were just 154 seconds between Chris Wood's opener for Burnley and Michail Antonio's equaliser for West Ham. Speedy doesn't even cover it.
V. Coufal
Assist
West Ham United
21' Jesse Lingard is the man who pushes the ball back for Coufal but it is a gorgeously weighted cross in the end. Fine work from West Ham to get back into this contest so quickly.
M. Antonio
Goal
West Ham United
21' GOAL! MICHAIL ANTONIO IMMEDIATELY LEVELS FOR WEST HAM! 1-1! Burnley will be furious with the switch-off at the back there. The striker is allowed to roam free into the box, left relatively unmarked, and he rises above everyone to glance a fine header past Nick Pope, who gets his angles wrong, from a Coufal cross. We're back on equal footing.
21' Add another one to Wood's tally then. He's racking them up at a fair old pace against the Hammers. The visitors pile on the pressure in response...
C. Wood
Penalty Goal
Burnley
19' GOAL! CHRIS WOOD CONVERTS FROM THE PENALTY SPOT FOR BURNLEY! 1-0! It's a rocket of a shot, buried in at the bottom of the left post. Fabianski goes the right way but he doesn't get enough of a touch to stop it. First blood to Burnley.
17' Burnley have a penalty! Almost out of nothing, a long ball for Chris Wood is controlled superbly by the attacker and as he cuts back inside, Tomas Soucek catches him with a lunge. The Clarets man will take...
16' Burnley's Chris Wood has scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than he has versus any other side in the competition (6 goals in 7 games), netting in all three of his appearances against the Hammers at Turf Moor in the competition.
14' Lingard can't retrieve a neat one-two move run down the right flank of the box and Burnley get a goal-kick. The early signs suggest the wind is blowing for West Ham though.
12' Lanzini! That is not far away at all from the Hammers man. An Antonio play is defused but not cleared inside the box and the ball springs back to the attacker, whose dipped lob shot brushes the roof of the net.
10' Half-chances present themselves at either end in the space of a minute now, but both are more there to give both goalkeepers an early chance to stretch their muscles more than anything else.
8' Sean Dyche, sporting a lengthy tie, in contrast to his opposite number's sleek hoodie, is already up and marching around the dugout area. His side aren't look poor so far, but West Ham are making concerning purchase on the wings.
6' Antonio pulls the trigger on the first attempt of the game and he'll almost wish he hadn't. That one was so wide, even the boat that blocked the Suez Canal wouldn't have got stuck between it and the post.
4' But Burnley - who as the home side have the distinctive colour strip associated with both sides today - won't roll over and lay down for them. Mathematically, they are still not safe - and a win here would be a major psychological boost for them.
3' There's a lot on the line for the visitors tonight. Before their last two games, they looked to be on course for what would have been a remarkable top-four finish. Europe is still within their grasp - and that is no mean feat either - but they need to reverse their slump.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Burnley and West Ham!
The teams have emerged at Turf Moor and we are only moments away from kick-off.
West Ham meanwhile come into this game having lost consecutive league games for the first time since their opening two of the season. They last lost three in a row in June 2020.
Burnley are winless in their last seven Premier League home games (D5 L2), their longest run without a top-flight victory at Turf Moor since a run of eight between December 1970 and March 1971.
Subs: Darren Randolph, Fabian Balbuena, Conor Coventry, Frederik Alves, Ademipo Odubeko, Jarrod Bowen, Ryan Fredericks, Nathan Trott, Ben Johnson.
WEST HAM (3-4-3): Lukasz Fabianski; Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, Jesse Lingard.
Subs: Jimmy Dunne, Dale Stephens, Jay Rodriguez, Will Norris, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Phil Bardsley, Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Barnes, Erik Pieters.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Matej Vydra, Chris Wood.
The hosts are unchanged from that side that ran riot against Wolves, but there's five changes to the Hammers side beat by Chelsea - with Aaron Cresswell's return the surprise inclusion from his manager.
If anything, pundits would have backed them to be in a scrap in the lower half of the table - which is just where Burnley have found themselves. But Sean Dyche hasn't made the Clarets top-flight mainstays by throwing in the towel easily - and a win here would bolster their likely survival further.
If you'd told Hammers fans that they would be on the cusp of Europe's biggest club competition at the start of the season, you'd have got a few raised eyebrows. But that is exactly where David Moyes' side find themselves. The odds are against them - but victory today keeps them in the mix.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season, as West Ham look to keep in the hunt for a top four finish - and Champions League football - against Burnley at Turf Moor.