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PREVIEW: Burnley v West Ham United

Build-up as the Clarets look to get back to winning ways at Turf Moor

8 November 2019

The Clarets again face West Ham at Turf Moor looking for a win to restore their momentum.

Last season it took a 2-0 home victory over the Hammers - and a first Premier League goal from Dwight McNeil - at the turn of the year to launch Burnley’s run to survival.

This meeting is not as critical as Sean Dyche’s men have already picked up the same number of points as they had at the half-way point of last season.

And although the Clarets will want to end their three-match losing run going into the international break against a West Ham side experiencing their own dip in form, Dyche isn’t comparing the fixtures.

“The bigger picture of where we were last season to where we are this season, we are a completely different animal, the way we are going about it and with the way the team are performing,” said the Burnley boss.

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West Ham are without a win in six following their own impressive start to the campaign.

The Londoners invested heavily in their squad over the summer, with French striker and four-goal leading scorer Sebastien Haller arriving for a record fee of £45m from Eintracht Frankfurt.

But Dyche’s focus will remain on seeking a response to last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United and earning the win that would lift his side above the 13th-placed Hammers.

“I want more, I expect more, so that goes into this weekend's thinking,” he added.

“The teams we are playing now we recognise as being challengers so therefore we have to take the challenge on.

“We know they are a good side and they’ve had a couple of down days, which can happen.

“They're trying to find their consistency, but it's not for me to really worry about them other than making the players aware of some of their threats.

“Equally, we have to find some of the ways that we can affect them and put into action a game-plan which we think can win the game and that’s what we will do.”

Team news

Chris Wood could return for the Clarets after a hamstring strain kept the New Zealand international out of the last two games.

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Loanee Danny Drinkwater has begun full training with the squad but Saturday’s match comes too soon for the midfielder who is due to start a games programme soon.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is still unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Iceland in October.

The Londoners are without a few key players, with midfielder Jack Wilshere facing a fitness test to see whether he can feature.

Absentees include Michail Antonio, Lukasz Fabianksi and Winston Reid, who is denied a meeting with fellow New Zealander Wood in front of watching national team boss Danny Hay.

Opposition camp

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini: “The team is not winning. When you are not winning, it is because everyone must do better, including the manager, the players, the individual performers.

“It’s a very bad moment for us, without any doubt. I always try to be optimistic, I always set my targets as high as I can. I always demand that West Ham must fight to be in the upper the part of the table.

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“The Premier League is very tight this season - you have eight or nine teams within three points - but of course we need to improve as we wanted to be in another position.

“Regardless of that, I think that Burnley will always be a very difficult team to play away from home. They have a very clear style of play, they have top players, and they make a lot of crosses. Everyone knows that.

“It’s a direct style, and it’s a style that in the last few years has been very successful. If we are to win, it will be because we have tried hard to play better than them.”

Form guide

Burnley are on the back of three straight defeats following an unbeaten four-game run prior to the last international break.

All of the Clarets three wins so far this season have come at Turf Moor.

West Ham have only managed to pick up two points from their last five matches, after an impressive start which saw them gain 11 from their first six.

Manuel Pellegrimi’s have secured only one win from five attempts away from home in the Premier League this season.

Match stats

Chris Wood has scored in all four of his Premier League outings against the Hammers, with five goals in total.

The Hammers have only managed to beat the Clarets four times in 28 attempts at Turf Moor, with nine draws and 15 defeats.

Manuel Pellegrini is yet to win at Turf Moor in his managerial career, losing with Manchester City and West Ham.

The last three fixtures between the sides have produced 11 goals.

Referee

Kevin Friend

VAR

Lee Mason

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REPORT: Burnley 3 West Ham United 0

Barnes and Wood back in business as Clarets end losing run in superb style

9 November 2019

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood both celebrated signing new contracts with goals that propelled the Clarets to another big win over the Hammers.

Last season’s Turf Moor victory over the Londoners at the turn of the year had been the launchpad for the Clarets’ sprint to safety.

And while the need wasn’t quite so great this time around, the combination of Barnes and Wood and an own-goal from goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez brought a welcome end to a three-match losing run.

The Clarets’ strike partnership – re-united following Wood’s return from a two-match absence – took their combined tally for the season to 10 league goals to cap a week in which they had both extended their stay at Turf Moor.

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And in truth they could have added plenty more, notably Wood who had underlined his liking for this fixture with his sixth goal in five games against the Hammers with the second goal just before half time that all but sealed the deal as he again ran the Londoners ragged.

Jimenez was at fault for all three of the Clarets’ goals, although it was only his acrobatics late in the piece that prevented a landslide as Sean Dyche’s side produced exactly the response they needed to record an emphatic fourth home win of the season and re-claim a place back in the top half of the table.

In a bid to stop the losing run Dyche made three changes, with full-backs Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley returning along with Wood to make their first Premier League starts of the season.

And the Clarets wasted no time in looking to make amends for their first-half collapse at Sheffield United a week ago with an up-tempo opening that had the Hammers immediately on the ropes.

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The visitors were without a win in six games and with 10 minutes gone found themselves behind again as Burnley made their early pressure tell.

Goalkeeper Jimenez’s decision to punch, rather than catch, a Dwight McNeil cross proved costly as Bardsley collected the loose ball to fire in a shot which was deflected for a corner.

The ball came off Barnes but Burnley got a lucky break and when McNeil was allowed to deliver the corner beyond the far post James Tarkowski nodded back across goal for the predatory Barnes to poke home his fifth goal of the season and first since August.

The Clarets were asking all sorts of questions of the Hammers’ defence and it took an excellent defensive header from Aaron Cresswell to stop Hendrick connecting with a peach of a cross from McNeil.

McNeil was in magnificent form and when the teenager – who announced his arrival at the top table with his first senior goal in last season’s pivotal meeting – delivered another sublime cross 10 minutes before the break Burnley thought they had a second.

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Wood powered a header into the top corner but after a lengthy delay the celebrations were reversed by a VAR decision which showed the Clarets’ striker to be inches offside.

The home supporters showed their frustration but the emotions changed again just before half-time when the Clarets did deservedly go 2-0 up.

Once more it was the McNeil-Wood combination that did the trick – again with the help of Hammers’ keeper Jimenez.

The Spaniard’s throw to Fabian Balbuena did the defender no favours as he lost possession to McNeil, who immediately had no other thought than bursting forward to pull the ball back for Wood to sweep home a lovely left-foot finish in front of watching New Zealand national team boss Danny Hay to make it five goals in five games.

It was turning into an afternoon to forget for Jimenez and the Hammers’ keeper – deputising for the injured Lukasz Fabianski – was again at fault as the Clarets added a third 10 minutes into the second half.

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McNeil’s thrusting run earned another corner and when Ashley Westwood delivered, Jimenez, wearing number 13, punched the ball into his own net.

The damage was done, although Jimenez prevented further embarrassment with fine saves to deny Wood and Bardsley a first Burnley goal.

Wood then steered another McNeil delivery over the top and the Kiwi could have had a hat-trick but for another save from Jimenez who remained a central character to the plot.

When he went to ground following another corner, Ben Mee’s headed ‘goal’ was disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper by Barnes

By contrast, Nick Pope was a virtual spectator at the other end, although the England man made one smart parry from Cresswell and another late on to deny Andriy Yarmolenko to preserve a confidence-boosting clean sheet.

And it was Jimenez who remained the more active with his best save a finger-tip stop to prevent Jeff Hendrick giving the Clarets their biggest winning margin of the season on a near perfect afternoon.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood (Brady 90), Barnes (Rodriguez 81). Substitutes: Hart, Lowton, Pieters, Lennon, Long.

Booked: Mee, Westwood

West Ham: Jiminez; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble (Yarmolenko 20); Snodgrass, Fornals (Ajeti 64), Felipe Anderson (Lanzini 56); Haller. Substitutes: Martin, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Ogbonna.

Booked: Fredericks

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 20,225

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