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Sunday, 21st May 2017

Burnley 1
West Ham United 2

by David Fletcher


It's job done for West Ham as they scraped the three points at Turf Moor with a narrow win against Burnley that sees them move up to elevnth in the table, finishing above reigning champions Leicester and today's opposition.

It's job done for West Ham as they scrape the three points at Turf Moor with a narrow win against Burnley that sees them move up to elevnth in the table finishing above reigning champions Leicester and today's opposition Burnley.

With both sides looking to impress their respective fans in their last outing of the campaign, it was free flowing attacking football from the early exchanges.

Burnley made the most of being on top and created the better chances with Andre Gray and Sam Vokes going close in the first few minutes.

Although West Ham enjoyed a small stint of posession they lacked real quality and it was Burnley who took the lead with a neat finish from Sam Vokes.

A rare heavy touch from Manuel Lanzini saw the 'Clarets' surge forward on the counter attack. A one-two from Scott Arfield and Andre Gray, allowed Gray to continue his run down the right wing.

He then whipped it in and as all three centre-backs failed to clear, Vokes was lurking at the far post and placed it into the bottom right. It would be their last shot on target of the match.

It seemed that conceding was the only thing to get West Ham going, as they started to create more chances and drew level with a sublime team goal. It all started with a cheap free-kick given away by Ashley Westwood.

A quick restart by Manuel Lanzini who gave it to Edimilson Fernandes who in turn played a great pass into André Ayew on the edge of the box who linked up with Sofiane Feghouli with a nifty flick. The Algerian then slotted it into the far corner beyond Tom Heaton with a quality finish.

With still twenty minutes to go in the first period, both sides maintained their urgency and aggression, yet neither were able to regain the lead.

The second half was to be nothing like the first, both teams started slow and barring the odd chance, a real injection of energy was needed.

West Ham got things going on the hour mark with some good bits of play and shortly afterwards found themselves in front when Andre Ayew was in the right place at the right time.

A quick break was brought to life after a deflection off a Sam Byram cross fell for Edimilson Fernandes who drove a thunderous effort into the top corner only to be stopped by Tom Heaton.

Even so, the rebound fell onto the bar straight into Ayew's path who headed home from a couple of yards out.

From then on it was a nitty gritty display from the Hammers as they stood strong and grinded out the victory to earn a highly valuable three points that sees them go up to eleventh in the table.



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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Nothing much to do all day long, but when he was called into action he failed to keep out Sam Vokes' opener.


Sam Byram
An improved performance from the young wing-back. Gets into some cracking attacking positions but just lacks that cool head at the end.


Aaron Cresswell
Showed glimpses of what we've seen in previous seasons knocking in some crucial balls into the box.


James Collins
Started the game off poorly with some clumsy challenges and failing to follow runs, but really pulled the team together in the second half to push the three points over the line.


Jose Fonte
Offered a lot going forward and was solid at the back. Good all round performance from the Portuguese international.


Angelo Ogbonna
Hardly put a foot wrong all day. Strong in the air and never affraid to get stuck in and make a challenge in his first appearence back from knee surgery. Even pulled off a few tricks on the ball.


Edimilson Fernandes
Rarely missplaced a pass all day long and not affraid to take a chance whether it be a crossfield pass or a powerful long range strike. A very solid figure in the midfield.


Robert Snodgrass
Not only was he positive minded going forward, but he always tracked back and gave his all in defence. Not something you see every day from a winger.


Andre Ayew
Another consistent outing from the Ghanaian getting on the scoresheet again. Was always looking to get on the ball and make something happen popping up in some fantastic positions, including a delightful flick on to provide Feghouli with the Hammers' first.


Manuel Lanzini
You can always rely on Lanzini to produce a top class performance. Still as creative and tenacious as ever even in a deeper role.


Sofiane Feghouli
Undoubtedly his best performance in Claret And Blue. Was on the end of most West Ham chances in the first half and got the all-important equaliser. Even in the second period kept making good runs and creating chances.


Substitutes


Ashley Fletcher
(Replaced Snodgrass) Was energetic and aggressive as ever when coming on, desperate to impress the manager.


Declan Rice
(Replaced Fernandes) Ended an excellent season on loan with his first team Hammers debut.


Darren Randolph
Did not play.


Dan Kemp
Did not play.


Moses Makasi
Did not play.


Domingos Quina
Did not play.


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Match Facts

Referee: Bobby Madley.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Sofiane Feghouli.

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Sam Byram, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, Jose Fonte, Angelo Ogbonna, Edimilson Fernandes, Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew, Manuel Lanzini, Sofiane Feghouli.

Goals: Sofiane Feghouli 27 Andre Ayew 72                .

Booked: James Collins  Manuel Lanzini         .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Burnley

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Substitutes:  .

Subs not used: .

Goals: None.

Booked: .

Sent Off: None sent off.

 
David Fletcher's Man of the Match: Sofiane Feghouli


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