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.

‘We’re not far away from Europe’ – what they said

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “They are good outfit. They are chasing Champions League football and looked like it. They have pace and play good on the transition.

“We have not gone far wrong. Two soft goals – especially the second – but a lot to be pleased with. The first one is a breakaway. The second we don’t read the cross. I don’t want to be overly critical.”

West Ham boss David Moyes said: “The team played really well. We won 2-1 but I felt it was a lot more than that. We rode our luck at the end but we should have been out of sight.

“I’d love to be in Europe. It would be an incredible achievement. We’re not far away from the Champions League positions. We’ve got to keep believing.”

A threat in the air – the best of the stats

  • West Ham have scored 2+ goals in 11 Premier League games in 2021, a figure only Manchester City (15) can better.
  • West Ham have both scored and conceded in 20 different Premier League games this season, more than any other side.
  • Wood has scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than he has against any other side in the competition (seven goals in eight games)
  • Since his Premier League debut in September 2015, Antonio has scored 19 headed goals in the competition, with no player managing more in that time (level with Olivier Giroud and Harry Kane).
  • Coufal provided his sixth Premier League assist of the season; among defenders, only team-mate Aaron Cresswell (seven) and Everton’s Lucas Digne (seven) have registered more.

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).

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

with an average of 8.51

Burnley

  1. Squad number9Player nameWood

    Average rating

    6.23

  2. Squad number1Player namePope

    Average rating

    6.16

  3. Squad number6Player nameMee

    Average rating

    5.66

  4. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

    Average rating

    5.63

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

    Average rating

    5.50

  6. Squad number2Player nameLowton

    Average rating

    5.46

  7. Squad number4Player nameCork

    Average rating

    5.44

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

    Average rating

    5.43

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    5.34

  10. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

    Average rating

    5.17

  11. Squad number27Player nameVydra

    Average rating

    4.86

  12. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

    Average rating

    4.78

  13. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

    Average rating

    4.60

  14. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

    Average rating

    4.34

West Ham United

  1. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

    Average rating

    8.51

  2. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

    Average rating

    7.93

  3. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

    Average rating

    7.92

  4. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

    Average rating

    7.90

  5. Squad number11Player nameLingard

    Average rating

    7.69

  6. Squad number15Player nameDawson

    Average rating

    7.67

  7. Squad number18Player nameFornals

    Average rating

    7.63

  8. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

    Average rating

    7.57

  9. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

    Average rating

    7.49

  10. Squad number20Player nameBowen

    Average rating

    7.42

  11. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

    Average rating

    7.37

  12. Squad number23Player nameDiop

    Average rating

    6.66

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

Referee:
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Burnley 1, West Ham United 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Burnley 1, West Ham United 2.

  3. Offside, West Ham United. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Pablo Fornals is caught offside.

  4. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  5. Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

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

  7. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Nick Pope.

  8. Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Fornals.

  9. Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  11. Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Jóhann Gudmundsson (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Foul by Jóhann Gudmundsson (Burnley).

  15. Craig Dawson (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Chris Wood.

  17. Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Jesse Lingard (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

  20. Attempt blocked. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

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