Michail Antonio’s brace in the first half was enough for West Ham to see Burnley 2-1 in an entertaining encounter, propelling the Hammers to fifth place.
Although West Ham saw some good openings early on, it was Burnley who took the lead in the 19th minute when Tomas Soucek fouled Chris Wood in the box. The striker took the penalty at home, continuing his scoring trend against West Ham (seven goals in eight Premier League appearances).
But two and a half minutes later, West Ham, chasing Europe, was tied when Antonio (21) returned home. The lively striker then added his second shortly thereafter (29) as he returned home a superb cross from Said Benrahma.
Having recorded 22 shots throughout the game, West Ham could have added more to their second half tally, although Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez had the best chance at scoring but could only shoot wide.
The victory sees West Ham pass over Tottenham in fifth, keeping them on track for European football next season with four games to go. Burnley is now winless in his last eight home Premier League games – corresponding to his longest top-level winless run at Turf Moor (eight between December 1970 and March 1971) – and remains 16th.
How West Ham overtook Burnley
West Ham started off brilliantly and had two goal scanners in 11 minutes. Antonio sent a wide effort from the top of the box, before Manuel Lanzini passed the ball just over Nick Pope’s bar.
But despite all of West Ham’s early chances, it was Burnley who took the lead first. A superb game from Wood inside the box saw Soucek hit his legs, giving the hosts a penalty. The striker rose to take it on his own, speeding down the lower left corner and through the palms of Lukasz Fabianski.
Wood has now scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than against any other team in the competition, scoring all four of his Premier League appearances against the Hammers at Turf Moor.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Cork, McNeil, Westwood, Vydra, Wood.
Subs used: XXX, XXX, XXX
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Dawson, Diop, Coufal, Benrahma, Soucek, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio, Lingard.
Subs used: XXX, XXX, XXX
Man of the match: XXX
But 154 seconds later, West Ham was on the same level. Vladimir Coufal sent a superb cross from the top right corner, Antonio rising above his marker to nod. The attacker was on target again eight minutes later. Benrahma curled up a magnificent cross from the left, with Antonio needing only the slightest touch to send the ball past Pope.
A few minutes later it was almost an identical third and a hat-trick from Antonio. Benrahma shot a cross from the left again, but this time Antonio’s outstretched foot couldn’t get him home. Burnley could have added another as well with Matej Vydra gaining the upper hand over Issa Diop and Fabianski in the zone, but Craig Dawson waited to clear the ball from the line.
- Burnley is naming the same XI that beat Wolves 4-0 last time around. Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson also returned to the bench
- In contrast, West Ham made five changes. Fabian Balbuena – who had a red card suspension overturned midweek – Angelo Ogbonna, Mark Noble, Ryan Fredericks and Jarrod Bowen all dropped out.
- Aaron Cresswell, Said Benrahama, Manuel Lanzini, Craig Dawson – coming back from his own suspension – and Michail Antonio all returned in the XI.
West Ham continued to impress early in the second half, recording six shots in the first half of the break after the break. Antonio had another glorious effort for his hat trick too, but his right foot shot hit the heel on his left. The ball then escaped from him as Burnley cleared.
Burnley should have equalized in the 64th minute. Josh Brownhill’s initial effort was saved wonderfully by Fabianski, before landing at Jay Rodriguez’s feet in the six-yard zone. His first effort was blocked by Coufal, before the second went far away.
Odds kept coming from both sides – Rodriguez nodded from a corner before Antonio made an effort just past the post. Late in the game it was another great break from West Ham, but Jesse Lingard’s effort echoed Ben Mee before forcing a good save from Pope.
Man of the Match – Michail Antonio
It was an absolutely superb performance from Antonio as a center forward. The signs were there in just a few minutes as he shot wide from the top of the zone, but he was soon on target with two wonderfully taken goals.
He had other efforts to complete his hat-trick, but it wasn’t for the forward and he’ll likely be frustrated that he didn’t get that third goal.
But he paved the way for the West Ham team in terms of shots (6) and shots on target (2) as they aim for a good end to the season.
Statistics Opta – Super West Ham
- West Ham have scored more than 2 goals in 11 Premier League games in 2021, a figure only Manchester City (15) can improve.
- West Ham have both scored and conceded in 20 different Premier League games this season, more than any other team.
- Since making his Premier League debut in September 2015, West Ham’s Michail Antonio has scored 19 headed goals in the competition, with no player managing more during that span (tied with Olivier Giroud and Harry Kane).
- Michail Antonio has scored 45 Premier League goals for West Ham, a goal only Paulo Di Canio (47) and Mark Nobel (46) can better for the Hammers.
Burnley is back on Monday Night Football next week when they travel to Fulham; kick off 8 p.m. For West Ham, they host Everton on Super Sunday; kick off 4.30 p.m.