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Antonio strike helps West Ham see off Burnley

Michail Antonio (second right) celebrates his goal

Michail Antonio scored his first goal since October as West Ham defeated a lacklustre Burnley at London Stadium.

The 30-year-old forward, who coming into the game had only made four appearances since October because of hamstring problems, slotted home Pablo Fornals’ cross in the ninth minute.

The Hammers were the greater attacking threat and went close again when Angelo Ogbonna’s header came off the woodwork, before Antonio’s effort was cleared off the line by Ben Mee.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets never really got going as an attacking force, although they improved marginally after the break following Dwight McNeil’s introduction. The midfielder produced a cross that came off the bar while Mee sent a header a foot wide.

Brighton’s win at Leeds means Burnley are now down to 17th, four points above the drop zone, and West Ham are up to eighth.

Moyes’ entertainers shining for West Ham

David Moyes’ version of the ‘West Ham way’ seems to be doing the trick at the moment.

The Hammers have 10 more points than they did at this stage last season, and have scored six more goals. The manager likened himself to a headteacher this week, stating his side “must do better”, but many will think his players have already surpassed pre-season expectations.

Key to this healthier return has been the addition of creative and goalscoring midfielders such as Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek, who have become vital cogs in the side a year after signing, while £30m capture Said Benrahma appears to be gradually rediscovering his Brentford form.

Winger Bowen, who cost £18m, has an incredible engine and against the Clarets appeared to act as a second striker to Antonio because of the amount of times he found himself in the area. It was his good work on the left of the area which allowed Fornals to provide the cross for the opener.

Antonio, 30, was already important to Moyes and is now even more so after the Sebastien Haller experiment failed. The former winger scored a glut of goals towards the end of last season and began this campaign well before hamstring injuries hampered his progress.

He kept his cool for his goal when Burnley’s defenders did not and later saw a header cleared off the line.

If he can stay fit for the rest of the season then expect a glowing end-of-term report from Moyes.

More to follow.

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West Ham United

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

    Average rating

    7.16

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

    Average rating

    7.18

  3. Squad number15Player nameDawson

    Average rating

    7.68

  4. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

    Average rating

    7.85

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

    Average rating

    7.20

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

    Average rating

    7.36

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

    Average rating

    7.53

  8. Squad number20Player nameBowen

    Average rating

    7.47

  9. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

    Average rating

    7.23

  10. Squad number18Player nameFornals

    Average rating

    7.24

  11. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

    Average rating

    8.18

Substitutes

  1. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

    Average rating

    6.20

  2. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

    Average rating

    6.32

Burnley

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

    Average rating

    5.64

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

    Average rating

    5.07

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

    Average rating

    5.45

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

    Average rating

    5.62

  5. Squad number23Player namePieters

    Average rating

    4.83

  6. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

    Average rating

    4.38

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

    Average rating

    4.77

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

    Average rating

    5.07

  9. Squad number12Player nameBrady

    Average rating

    5.03

  10. Squad number9Player nameWood

    Average rating

    4.36

  11. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

    Average rating

    4.34

Substitutes

  1. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    5.77

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

    Average rating

    4.76

  3. Squad number27Player nameVydra

    Average rating

    5.01

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 83mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28SoucekBooked at 73mins
  • 41Rice
  • 20BowenSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 82′minutes
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forLanziniat 68′minutes
  • 18Fornals
  • 30Antonio

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 14Alves
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 31Johnson
  • 35Randolph
  • 45Odubeko

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forMcNeilat 45′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 12Brady
  • 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 72′minutes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 63minsSubstituted forVydraat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
  • 41Benson

Referee:
Chris Kavanagh

Match Stats

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Match ends, West Ham United 1, Burnley 0.

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