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Burnley 1-2 West Ham: Michail Antonio scores two in win for Hammers

Michail Antonio scores his second goal
Only Paolo di Canio (47) and Mark Noble (46) have scored more Premier League goals for West Ham than Michail Antonio (45)

Michail Antonio scored twice as West Ham came from behind to defeat Burnley and maintain their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Burnley striker Chris Wood won and converted a penalty in the first half, before Antonio headed in Vladimir Coufal’s teasing cross to equalise.

Returning after four weeks out with a hamstring injury, Antonio poked in Said Benrahma’s curling delivery for his second eight minutes later.

West Ham created numerous chances to extend their lead but Burnley could have made it 2-2 when Jay Rodriguez lashed a shot wide from close range.

It was a pleasing performance from the Hammers, who move up to fifth place in the table, just three points behind Chelsea in fourth.

Burnley remain nine points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.

Benrahma impresses as Antonio haunts Burnley

Michail Antonio celebrates with Said Benrahma
Michail Antonio also scored against Burnley in West Ham’s 1-0 win on 16 January

The game was finely balanced in the opening stages but Wood’s spot-kick seemed to spark West Ham’s creativity.

Their response to going behind was excellent – Antonio’s equaliser came just 154 seconds later, capitalising on a wicked cross from Coufal.

The full-back continued to put in dangerous crosses, while Benrahma caused Matt Lowton nightmares on the far side.

Benrahma’s superb cross for Antonio’s second capped off an impressive individual display. He could have scored himself but he unselfishly opted to play in Jesse Lingard in the first half and put too much weight on the through ball.

Manuel Lanzini shone in midfield in the absence of Declan Rice and Mark Noble, while Antonio ultimately dealt the crucial blows.

The striker should have had a hat-trick too – in the second half, he hit Pablo Fornals’ scuffed shot against his standing leg when it fell fortunately for him at the back post just a yard from the line.

Victory ensures West Ham keep pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea as they battle for a Champions League qualification spot.

Burnley show fight but undone in first half

Jay Rodriguez chance
Burnley have lost four of their past five Premier League games (W1), after suffering just one defeat in their previous eight (W2 D5)

Burnley are now without a win in their past eight home league games – their joint-longest run in their top-flight history.

But while they remain two places above the drop zone, they showed the type of character which will no doubt keep them up for the fifth season running.

Wood took his goal well, firing it into the bottom left corner after winning the penalty when he crept in behind West Ham’s Issa Diop, flicked it over his head and got a touch on the ball ahead of Tomas Soucek, who brought him down.

Diop was the weak link in West Ham’s defence and Wood got the better of him on a few occasions, before Matej Vydra almost scrambled in an equaliser when Craig Dawson cleared off the line.

Burnley kept themselves in the game – Ben Mee blocking strikes from Fornals and goalkeeper Nick Pope denying Lingard in the second half.

Rodriguez’s miss from close range was the chance they needed to convert but Burnley pushed late on to win a few corners, for which Pope came up.

Manager Sean Dyche threw on striker Ashley Barnes, returning from injury, for the last five minutes but the hosts could not create a clear-cut opportunity.

In the end, West Ham’s attacking intent in the first half did the damage when Burnley failed to deal with Antonio’s presence in the six-yard area.

What’s next?

Burnley travel to Craven Cottage to play Fulham on Monday, 10 May (20:00 BST kick-off), while West Ham host Everton on Sunday, 9 May (16:30 BST).

More to follow.

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

Burnley

  1. Squad number9Player nameWood

  2. Squad number1Player namePope

  3. Squad number6Player nameMee

  4. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  7. Squad number4Player nameCork

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  10. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  11. Squad number27Player nameVydra

  12. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  13. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

  14. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

West Ham United

  1. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  2. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

  3. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  4. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  5. Squad number11Player nameLingard

  6. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  7. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  8. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  9. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  10. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  11. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  12. Squad number23Player nameDiop

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 85mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeilSubstituted forGudmundssonat 75′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 27VydraSubstituted forRodriguezat 61′minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forBarnesat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 10Barnes
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 34Dunne

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15DawsonBooked at 86mins
  • 23Diop
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 10Lanzini
  • 18Fornals
  • 11Lingard
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forBowenat 78′minutes
  • 30Antonio

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 14Alves
  • 20Bowen
  • 24Fredericks
  • 31Johnson
  • 34Trott
  • 35Randolph
  • 45Odubeko
  • 54Coventry

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