Hammers extend unbeaten run in home draw to Burnley
I pray everyone is safe and well.
The party atmosphere continued from Thursdays incredible away win at Lyon to secure a historic Europa League semi final with Frankfurt and with the summer sun beating down on the London Stadium fans were hoping for more of the same against managerless Burnley, who are struggling for Premier League survival.
This was a must win game for the Hammers if they want to keep in touch with the pack for a place in Europe next season, but then how many times have these games not gone our way? And no one would have predicted this match before hand, over shadowed as it was by the serious injury to Ashley Westwood that clearly shook the players of both teams.
Nikolas Vlasic challenge had nothing menacing about it, but once down it was clear that Westwood was in trouble and Vlasic himself was shaken. Play stopped for 8mins as medical staff from both teams attended and the crowd gave a round of applause as he left the field.
This seemed to put wind in the sails of the visitors as both teams showed early attacking intent and it was Burnley who took the initiative to go ahead in the first half through Weghorst, who rose to meet Jay Rodriguez’s diverted shot from Maxwel Cornet’s corner. The match wasn’t going our way and the long delay in play had clearly impacted the Hammers rhythm.
In fact, before half time it was Cornet who had a chance to take Burnley 2-0 as he raced into the area only to be brought down by Fabianski. Jeers and boos rang out as Cornet ran up to the spot only to feebly stroke the ball wide. The crowd celebrated as if the Hammers had scored. An opportunity that Burnley would come to regret at the final whistle.
The second half saw West Ham regain much of their earlier attacking fire and this was rewarded with an equaliser from close range by Soucek to set up a pacy end to the match. The Hammers pushed for a winner and both Bowen and Antonio testing Pope, whose acrobatic save from Issa Diop’s header making the difference. Pope’s influence in goal kept Burnley in the match but they are left with much to do if they are to remain in the Premier league with this result leaving them 3 points behind Everton, who have a game in hand.
West Ham on the other hand, chasing potential Champions League football, are 5 points clear with other teams around them having games in hand too. On another day, the Hammers could have won this match, but Pope, who must surely be up for an England place commanded the goal the deny the home side a much needed win.
I hope you enjoy the photos from the match