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West Ham United 0-1 Burnley: Jay Rodriguez scores winner as hosts rue missed chances

Jay Rodriguez goal
Jay Rodriguez scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season

Jay Rodriguez's winner edged Burnley closer to a Europa League spot as relegation-threatened West Ham were left to rue a host of missed chances.

The forward met Charlie Taylor's whipped delivery with a flicked header that looped over Lukasz Fabianski and dropped in off the crossbar.

It came after a string of fine saves from Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Michail Antonio also struck a post and Pope then turned substitute Sebastien Haller's effort wide with his studs.

It was a glorious chance with his first touch of the game for West Ham's record signing, who came off the bench after returning from a hip injury.

Chris Wood thought he had added a second for the visitors with 14 minutes to go when he tapped in Phil Bardsley's low cross, but was ruled offside.

The win takes Sean Dyche's side to within one point of eighth-placed Arsenal, while the Hammers remain four points above the relegation zone.

In-form Burnley eyeing Europe

With injuries mounting, the departure of out-of-contract players and their Premier League status safe, Burnley could have been forgiven for easing their way to the end of the season.

Instead Dyche's side are one of the division's most in-form teams and eyeing a Europa League spot that seemed out of their reach before Christmas.

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West Ham 0-1 Burnley: My team showed an abundance of heart - Sean Dyche

Burnley have lost just once in 12 top-flight games and a clean sheet at London Stadium means they now have a league-high 14 to their name this term.

Rodriguez took his first-half winner superbly, one of few chances that came his way, but Dyche had goalkeeper Pope to thank for the three points as the England international made a number of smart saves.

He snuffed out West Ham's early pressure with a good block from Tomas Soucek's close-range volley and took command of his box as the hosts threw bodies into the Burnley penalty area late on.

Dyche was able to name a full complement on his bench, having twice been unable to fill the nine spots since the restart, and welcomed the return of forward Wood from injury.

The New Zealand international, after having an effort ruled out for offside, provided a valuable outlet for the visitors and forced Fabianski into a save as Burnley looked for a second on the break.

However, the visitors were perhaps fortunate to not be reduced to 10 men after James Tarkowski's dangerous tackle on Jarrod Bowen, instead the Clarets skipper escaped with a yellow card.

"It's a red card," said Hammers boss David Moyes afterwards. "It's not going to change the result - it might have done during the game.

"It is really disappointing that the referee didn't see it as a red, the linesman is very close to it and we have the chance to go to VAR to make a decision on it."

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West Ham manager David Moyes rues the chances his side missed in their 1-0 loss to Burnley

Crunch time for Hammers

This was the second of three games in seven days for the Hammers, a run of fixtures Moyes bemoaned earlier this week and will not be any happier about after losing a contest they dominated for large spells.

The hosts had 22 shots but only managed five on target, one of which saw £45m striker Haller denied by Pope seconds after coming off the bench.

Antonio and Bowen linked up well in the first half to cause Burnley problems while on-loan midfielder Soucek would have opened the scoring if his volley was not straight at the goalkeeper.

And despite throwing bodies forward in search of a leveller, the hosts created little of note in the second half.

West Ham's hectic spell will be completed by a visit to Norwich on Saturday, when a win at Carrow Road would not only boost their own survival hopes but also relegate their hosts.

Ultimately, the Hammers' destiny is in their own hands with home games against relegation rivals Watford and Aston Villa either side of a trip to Manchester United also still to come.

But they will watch on a little less comfortably when Bournemouth and Villa look to close the gap in their games in hand on Thursday.

Man of the match - Nick Pope (Burnley)

Pope
Nick Pope was in superb form and made several crucial saves to keep his 14th clean sheet of the season - more than any other goalkeeper

'We have a culture we believe in'

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "Last few games have been fantastic. It's a challenge when they lose team-mates. There's a resilience to them, you add in organisation and physical prowess, and they've got more talent than people mention.

"Two centre halves were outstanding, the keeper was outstanding. They asked a lot of questions, had a couple of golden moments, and our keeper was there when needed.

"We have a culture and environment we believe in. It's that commitment to the cause. The next game comes very quickly and it's Liverpool, they're not bad…"

West Ham boss David Moyes: "Frustration is probably the word I would use more than anything, the missed opportunities. I am disappointed that we didn't take something from the game because I feel we warranted something.

"I thought today was a must-win, I thought Newcastle was too, Chelsea we had to do the best we can and we did. We have been in that situation for a while. In fact, probably since I took over."

Clarets enjoy life on the road - the stats

  • Burnley have picked up 13 points from the last 18 available to them in away league games, as many as they earned across their previous 16 such matches on the road beforehand.
  • This was West Ham's 19th Premier League loss of the season; only in 2006-07 (21) and 2013-14 (20) have the Hammers suffered more defeats in a single campaign.
  • Burnley have won back-to-back away Premier League games without conceding for the first time since May 2015.
  • West Ham have lost three consecutive league meetings with Burnley for the first time since May 1947.
  • Burnley have won successive away Premier League games in London for only the second time, having previously done so back in August 2017.
  • The Clarets have kept a clean sheet in both of those wins, having only kept two shutouts in their previous 24 Premier League away matches at London sides before this.
  • Burnley's Ja Rodriguez scored his seventh league goal of the season; only in 2013-14 for Southampton (15) has he ever scored more in a single Premier League campaign.

What's next?

West Ham visit Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday (12:30 BST), while Burnley head to champions Liverpool later the same day (15:00).

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24FredericksBooked at 64mins
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forHallerat 62'minutes
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forAjetiat 86'minutes
  • 17Bowen
  • 30Antonio

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 10Lanzini
  • 16Noble
  • 19Wilshere
  • 22Haller
  • 26Masuaku
  • 27Ajeti
  • 35Randolph
  • 53Johnson

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 5TarkowskiBooked at 58mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 23Pieters
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 27VydraSubstituted forWoodat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 9Wood
  • 12Brady
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 33Thompson
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson
  • 44Goodridge
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon
Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 0, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Burnley 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Declan Rice (West Ham United).

  4. Post update

    Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Albian Ajeti (West Ham United) header from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Angelo Ogbonna with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Chris Wood tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Albian Ajeti replaces Pablo Fornals.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Taylor.

  14. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal West Ham United 0-1 Burnley.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Phil Bardsley tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Soucek.

  18. Post update

    Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Issa Diop.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool34302275264992
2Man City34223986345269
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester34178964323259
5Man Utd331510856332355
6Wolves34131384537852
7Sheff Utd34131293533251
8Arsenal34121485042850
9Burnley34147133846-849
10Tottenham33139115244848
11Everton33128134048-844
12Southampton33134164255-1343
13Newcastle341110133550-1543
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton34812143647-1136
16West Ham3487194059-1931
17Watford34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich3456232663-3721
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