Burnley 3-0 West Ham United

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 9th November 2019

Manuel Pellegrini is up against it after Burnley scored three and had two more disallowed against his hapless West Ham team on another bitterly disappointing afternoon.

West Ham were outclassed by a Clarets side who have hardly been experiencing their best form in recent weeks.

And West Ham's lot wasn't helped by calamity 'keeper Roberto punching a corner into his own net to gift today's hosts one of their three allowed goals.

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West Ham found themselves up against it as early as the 11th minute at Turf Moor when the team's continued inability to deal with set pieces cost them yet another goal from a corner.

A deep delivery was headed back into the mix by James Tarkowski, lurking at the far post and outsmarting his marker Fabian Balbuena, and turned into the back of the net by Ashley Barnes.

Shortly after Mark Noble limped off with what appeared to be a twisted ankle, Burnley thought they had doubled their lead through New Zealand international Chris Wood.

With 35 minutes on the clock, Dwight McNeil rode a half-hearted challenge from Andriy Yarmolenko (on as a replacement for Noble) before centreing for Wood, whose powerful header left Roberto flat-footed before finding the top corner of the net.

However the effort was ruled out after VAR - eventually - determined that the big striker was a matter of millimetres offside. No doubt anyone offering football tips this weekend would've predicted VAR would come into play at some point.

Regardless, West Ham still found themselves two down by the break as Burnley struck again on the stroke of half time. Roberto's short throw to a semi-alert Balbuena was stolen by McNeil who centred once again for Wood, who finished with aplomb.

The Hammers finally enjoyed their first shot on target three minutes after the restart when Yarmolenko forced a save from a criminally underused Nick Pope. However a sign of good things to come it was not.

Just six minutes later Roberto potentially wrote himself into West Ham's history books - but for all the wrong reasons.

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The Spaniard left his goal line in an attempt to punch a corner clear, but instead only managed to divert the cross into the back of his own net. West Ham fans - already scarred from having witnessed abject goalkeeping performances over the years from the likes of Sasa Ilic, Allan McKnight and Steven Bywater - can add a new name to the list.

With 63 minutes on the clock Burnley had the ball in the new for a FIFTH time as Roberto once again looked far from convincing from a corner. Fortunately, on this occasion, Ben Mee's effort was ruled out for a push on the 'keeper - albeit the slightest of infringements.

West Ham's day went from bad to worse when Manuel Lanzini, one of Pellegrini's three substitutes was carried off on a stretcher after falling awkwardly on his shoulder - which left the Hammers to end the game with only ten men on the field.

The defeat - a FIFTH in seven games - leaves West Ham 16th in the Premier League table, five points clear of the relegation zone.

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