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PREVIEW: West Ham Utd v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets look to extend unbeaten run and stay with the chasing pack

8 July 2020

The Clarets head back to London hoping for another capital performance.

Sean Dyche’s men ended something of a London jinx with their 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on their last away trip – their first win in the city in 11 attempts.

And the London Stadium also holds some happy memories thanks to a 3-0 victory there in March, 2018 as part of the Clarets’ march to Europe.

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Two years on and Burnley have a sniff of a similar triumph thanks to an inspired run either side of lockdown.

They have traffic to pass and with a depleted squad face a major challenge to force their way into the top eight – which may be enough for a Europa League slot.

But with five games to go the Clarets are ready to keep fighting against a West Ham side battling for Premier League survival and revived by a dramatic win over Chelsea in their last home game.

“They have had a couple of positive results in the last week. They have some quality players and we know it’s going to be a difficult game. But we just try and focus on ourselves,” said Clarets defender Phil Bardsley.

“We want to finish as high as possible. We are in a good run of form, as are West Ham.

“They are still fighting for their lives to stay in the Premier League, but we believe we have got the quality to go down there and pick up the points.

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“It’s always a challenge for us. We haven’t got the biggest squad in the world, anyway.

“When you lose a few key players it can always take its toll. But we’re not the sort of club to make excuses. We just look to kick on and use what we’ve got.

“You can see from the outside looking in, a lot of players from various clubs have got a few injuries along the way.

“That’s the way it goes with short turn-arounds between games and fortunately for us we are managing to play with consistency and over-ride that, which is what we’re all about."

Team news

The Clarets will be without Ben Mee, Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes and Matt Lowton with the quartet likely to miss the remainder of the campaign.

Chris Wood, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady returned to the squad against Sheffield United and will again be involved.

West Ham will be missing forward Felipe Anderson and midfielder Robert Snodgrass, but record signing Sebastien Haller could be back in the squad for the first time since lockdown.

Form guide

The Clarets are unbeaten in three games and have lost just once in 11 league matches either side of lockdown.

They have won three of their last four matches against the Hammers – including a 3-0 win at Turf Moor last November.

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West Ham have taken four points from their last two games – including a home win over Chelsea – to ease their relegation fears.

Prior to that, they had won only once in the Premier League since New Year’s Day.

David Moyes’ side sits in 16th place, four points clear of the drop zone after drawing at Newcastle United last weekend.

Opposition camp

West Ham manager David Moyes: "We’re pleased with how this week’s gone. I think we’d have taken four points at the end of the week from the games that we had.

"We’ll do everything we can to keep our momentum going. The players have shown great spirit amongst themselves, and within the dressing room they’re in good fettle, so long may that continue.

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"Our focus is on the job to get the wins and pick up the points. It’s all-consuming to make sure that you win as many games as you possibly can. We've got our noses in front, and we intend to stay in front.

"Burnely have had a brilliant season, Sean has done a great job and hopefully he is not that interested in this game!"

Match stats

Burnley striker Chris Wood will make his 100th Premier League appearance if he figures at the London Stadium. It would be his 90th for the Clarets.

Top scorer Wood has netted six goals in five games for Burnley against West Ham. Only Willie Irvine and Cecil Smith have scored more (seven) for the Clarets against the Hammers.

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It will be Burnley's 1,000th first-team game of the century. Their first was at Notts County in Division Two.

If Jay Rodriguez scores this month, he would become the first Burnley player to score for the club in every month of the calendar year.

Sean Dyche’s men are just one win away from equalling their highest number of victories – 14 – in a Premier League season.


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REPORT: West Ham Utd 0 Burnley 1

Jay Rodriguez adds to club history as mighty Clarets stand strong to keep Euro dream alive

8 July 2020

Jay Rodriguez proved himself a man for all seasons with a historic goal for the Clarets to keep them in the hunt for Europe.

Rodriguez became the first Burnley player to score in all 12 calendar months as he added to his winning goal in June against Watford with another here.

The Clarets’ striker skilfully steered home a 38th-minute header which took him into double figures for the season.

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And a second successive away win – and record-equalling 14th of a Premier League season – made it another special night as Sean Dyche’s men climbed up to ninth place in the table and just two points behind Arsenal in seventh spot.

Nick Pope also got to 14 for the season, an inspired performance stretching his lead in the pursuit of the golden glove for the most clean sheets in the top tier.

And on a night of superb performances which extended the Clarets’ unbeaten run to four games – and one loss in 12 – none could have given more than Kevin Long, Josh Brownhill and Erik Pieters, who might not have played but for lockdown and have all helped Burnley take their season into a thrilling spell of extra time.

The Clarets were unchanged for their second trip to London in little over a week and the first of four more games in an 11-day period which promised to determine their prospects of keeping alive a European challenge.

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West Ham – who brought Andriy Yarmolenko into their starting line-up – were more concerned about the other end of the table and their place just above the relegation zone.

Their plight had been eased by beating Chelsea last time out at the London Stadium, which looked even more vast with no supporters inside to fill the wide-open spaces.

But they were second best early on in a bright start from the Clarets who might have led inside the first 10 minutes when Matej Vydra did well to hold onto a cross from Charlie Taylor before teeing up a shot from Pieters the Dutchman lifted over the top.

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Vydra also glanced a header into the arms of Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski from a Dwight McNeil free-kick as the visitors moved the ball about impressively.

But West Ham were to enjoy a spell of dominance themselves and the Clarets were indebted to a couple of fine saves from Pope and timely blocks from the central defensive pairing of James Tarkowski and Kevin Long to stay level.

Pope’s close-range block from Tomas Soucek was the best, although he also had to be alert to block with his legs from dangerman Michail Antonio.

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And having kept the Hammers at bay, Burnley then grabbed the lead seven minutes before the break.

Taylor’s forays forward in tandem with Dwight McNeil had been one of the Clarets’ best attacking options and when Taylor swung in a magnificent cross, Rodriguez timed his run perfectly to flick a header across Fabianski and in off the underside of the bar to gain his piece of club history.

There was an immediate reprieve at the other end as Antonio caught the Clarets napping and should have slotted home the equaliser instead of steering a shot the wrong side of the post.

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But Burnley also had time to squeeze in one more chance before half-time with Pieters neatly lifting the ball over the Hammers’ defence for Vydra to mis-cue on the volley.

The Clarets maintained the momentum after the break with another up-beat start and with half an hour to go, as the heavens opened over east London, Dyche sent on Chris Wood for the tiring Vydra.

Wood’s six goals in five top-flight appearances against the Hammers gave him the perfect course and distance form and when another Taylor cross dropped at his feet he wasn’t far off adding to his tally with an instinctive effort that went too close to Fabianski.

The Hammers had also made a change with record signing Sebastien Haller coming on and the French almost made an immediate impact of his own.

Once again, though, Pope proved unpassable with another smart block with his legs to keep out the striker’s shot.

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With 15 minutes to go the Clarets briefly thought they had given themselves some breathing when Wood slid in to convert a low cross from Phil Bardsley before the offside flag curtailed any celebrations.

And when Wood stretched the Hammers’ defence again from Taylor’s ball in behind the Londoners’ defence, it took a decent save from Fabianski diving low to his left to prevent the Kiwi from adding to his tally as the clock began to run down.

The Clarets still had defending to do but with Pope grabbing everything in the air and those in front of him putting their bodies on the line, Dyche’s men secured a fourth double of the season – another Premier League best in what could be another landmark season.

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West Ham: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Yarmolenko (Haller 62), Bowen, Fornals (Ajeti 86); Antonio. Substitutes: Randolph, Balbuena, Lanzini, Noble, Wilshere, Masuaka, Johnson.

Booked: Fredericks

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Vydra (Wood 58). Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Brady, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Glennon.

Booked: Tarkowski

Referee: Michael Oliver

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