Burnley obtained three critical system in their fight to interrupt out the Premier League relegation zone, ending a three-game shedding run with a cozy victory over West Ham at Turf Moor.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche made five changes to the aspect thumped 5-1 by Everton on Boxing Day, including a rob for goalkeeper Tom Heaton quite than Joe Hart.
And additionally they responded with Chris Wood deservedly inserting them forward with a right-footed assemble from the left of the penalty dwelling.
That arrived at the cease of a sweeping transfer fascinating Heaton, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil and Ashley Barnes, as Dyche’s team repeatedly carved thru the visitors.
They pressed dwelling their earnings sooner than the interval, when 19-300 and sixty five days-feeble McNeil became in Westwood’s wicked at the a ways put up.
It became as soon as a disappointing cease to a solid December for West Ham, who arrived in east Lancashire on the help of 5 wins from six video games.
No topic the return of Marko Arnautovic, playing for basically the most critical time since injuring his hamstring at Cardiff on four December, Manuel Pellegrini’s aspect were sluggish at some level of with their simplest likelihood, a header from replace Andy Carroll, drawing a comely assign from Heaton unhurried on.
The most classic crumb of consolation for the Hammers became as soon as that both Wood and Barnes spurned various fabulous alternatives after the destroy to assemble Burnley’s steal more emphatic.
The steal lifts Burnley above Fulham into 18th and stage on system with seventeenth-positioned Southampton, who misplaced to Manchester City.
Dyche returns to tried and tested formulation
A run of six defeats from their last seven video games has raised effect an remark to marks over Dyche’s position for basically the most critical time in his six-300 and sixty five days tenure.
Whereas the club done seventh within the Premier League last season, that success became as soon as largely constructed upon a solid defensive defective.
In stark distinction, the Clarets defence has been porous this term – leaking forty one dreams to this level, two more than the overall 2017-18 marketing campaign.
And with failed makes an try to fight that scenario including the deployment of 5 defenders in their last three matches – all ending in defeats – Dyche reverted to variety with a four-four-2 formation.
Wood and Barnes supplied physicality in a two-man assault and club captain Heaton’s return to the line-up proved inspired.
Over 15 months had elapsed since Heaton dislocated his shoulder at Crystal Palace – the last time he featured in a league game for Burnley – nonetheless the 32-300 and sixty five days-feeble exerted his influence on these in entrance of him, barking out directions and providing organisation and leadership.
That contributed to West Ham managing elegant four shots heading within the correct direction and Heaton’s thought with his team-mates became as soon as evident as he raced out of his fair within the fifteenth minute to instigate the transfer that ended with Wood’s fair.
Heaton positioned himself to evenly head the ball to Westwood under stress from West Ham attackers, and he underscored a proper day’s work by fantastically tipping Carroll’s header on to the woodwork unhurried on.
Hammers toil as Anderson fails to shine
A position elegant exterior the extinguish six felt relish an fabulous proposition for West Ham after they misplaced their opening four video games nonetheless Pellegrini’s aspect had the opportunity to transfer up to seventh at kick-off.
As an different this became correct into a second blip in an otherwise fruitful December, their other defeat this month, in opposition to Watford, also a 2-Zero reverse.
Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson has played a main position in West Ham’s upturn nonetheless he struggled to assemble an influence in opposition to effectively-drilled and plod opponents.
Anderson won elegant 31% of his duels and his passing accuracy became as soon as also under par at 64%. And with West Ham’s most inventive participant on the periphery it allowed Burnley to have reduction an eye on.
Anderson became as soon as removed from the pleasurable visiting participant to underwhelm, though. Lucas Perez and Robert Snodgrass were withdrawn at half-time after ineffective shows, which contributed to the visitors managing elegant one shot in basically the most critical length.
The introduction of Carroll did add energy and presence nonetheless the Hammers were unable to present the aerial service he prospers on unless the closing minutes.
Man of the match – Ashley Westwood (Burnley)
‘A few huge decisions’ – what they acknowledged
Burnley manger Sean Dyche, speaking to Match of the Day: “It became as soon as never a ways-off. I ticket the solutions of the followers and the steadiness between defending resolutely and discovering these moments of proper wonderful. After we’re in actuality at it we can win both and win wins in opposition to true Premier League aspects.
“The remark I am making an try for is consistency on legend of we now catch had it sooner than. I sure to return to a neatly-diagnosed form this present day nonetheless then they’ve delivered interior that.
“There were about a huge decisions with Tom [Heaton] going reduction in for Joe [Hart]. But credit to Joe, he became as soon as basically the most critical to bounce up at the cease when Tom makes a huge assign. Dwight [McNeil] is a artful participant who has some wonderful and capability. His household can also smooth utilize some be pleased what he’s doing. He’ll win stronger and more fit and he’ll continue rising with the team.
“That last game [the 5-1 loss to Everton] wasn’t relish us. We most frequently reduction video games tight and we came out on top with some proper wonderful. That became as soon as a terribly magnificent signal this present day about what we must influence.”
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: “It became as soon as frustrating on legend of we wanted to steal this game and had the probability to be seventh. We lacked vitality to steal it. We had a flight that arrived at 2am within the morning after playing Southampton.
“In defending, possession and attacking the team lacked vitality. We improved a small bit more as soon as we made changes.
“I became as soon as tickled unless two o’clock this present day. This became as soon as a game we were ready to steal – Burnley became as soon as in a wicked second nonetheless they played with depth. Burnley recovered better on legend of they had 30 or 35 hours’ more [rest].”
Wood’s hot trudge in opposition to Hammers – the stats
- Burnley catch won two of their last three dwelling league video games, more than they had in their old 10 at Turf Moor (W1 D2 L7).
- West Ham catch misplaced two of their last three Premier League video games (W1), more than they had in their old eight within the competition (W5 D2 L1).
- Burnley’s Tom Heaton stored a sexy sheet on his first Premier League birth in 476 days, last starting up within the competition in September 2017 in opposition to Crystal Palace.
- Aged 19 years and 38 days, Dwight McNeil became basically the most critical ever child to ranking a Premier League fair for Burnley.
- Burnley striker Chris Wood has scored in all four of his Premier League appearances in opposition to West Ham, netting five dreams in total.
- Wood’s five Premier League dreams in opposition to West Ham legend for 38% of his total strikes within the competition (5/Thirteen).
- Second-half replace Andy Carroll became as soon as accountable for 45% of West Ham’s total shots in this match (5/Eleven).
Burnley traipse to face fellow strugglers Huddersfield on Wednesday, 2 January (19:45 GMT) whereas West Ham host Brighton at the London Stadium on the an identical evening (19:45).