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Live Commentary: West Ham United 0-3 Burnley - as it happened

Relive Sports Mole's coverage as struggling West Ham United lose 3-0 at home to visiting Burnley at the London Stadium in the Premier League.
Live Commentary: West Ham United 0-3 Burnley - as it happened
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Good afternoon and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage as West Ham United take on Burnley in the Premier League.

The Hammers welcome the visit of the Clarets to the London Stadium aiming to arrest a damaging slide back into this season's relegation scrap.

As for Burnley, some outstanding form in 2017 has predominantly counted for the club's seventh-place position, but Sean Dyche's charges currently find themselves seeking just their second win in 13 league matches.

Follow all of the live action with our minute-by-minute updates below.

2.00pmGood afternoon all and thanks for joining us as we bring you live coverage of West Ham United's clash with Burnley in the Premier League. The Hammers return to the London Stadium after losing to Swansea City last weekend and now find themselves back in a potential relegation scrap.

2.01pmWEST HAM UNITED STARTING XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Lanzini, Joao Mario; Arnautovic

2.02pmWEST HAM UNITED SUBSTITUTES: Hugill, Adrian, Hernandez, Evra, Cullen, Rice, Browne

2.02pmBURNLEY STARTING XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Berg Gudmundsson, Hendrick; Barnes

2.03pmBURNLEY SUBSTITUTES: Nkoudou, Marney, Vokes, Wood, Lindegaard, Bardsley, Long

2.05pmSo the major news for the Hammers is that Moyes has made all of five changes to the side that lost last week at Swansea. Michail Antonio has earned himself a start just behind lead frontman Marko Arnautovic, who will be given further creative support by Joao Mario and Manuel Lanzini.

2.07pmIn defence, Angelo Ogbonna has been declared fit to start despite some recent fitness concerns and he will sit alongside James Collins in the absence of skipper Winston Reid. Both Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate will be aiming to hold the hosts' midfield today.

2.09pmFor the visitors, Sean Dyche has staved off pressure from Chris Wood to start in attack, keeping with striker Ashley Barnes up top. Aaron Lennon is to feature on the right wing with Johann Berg Guomundsson starting over on the left.

2.11pmElsewhere, James Tarkowski and Ben Mee continue in the heart of defence and Nick Pope will be hoping to further his faint hopes of gaining an England call-up with another positive showing in goal.

2.13pmFor the hosts, last weekend's humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea has now left Moyes and his charges battling to stave off the drop over the next nine games.

2.15pmFollowing a previous upturn in fortunes under Moyes, West Ham are in the midst of a woeful run under the Scottish manager. The Hammers have now won only one of their last six league games, claiming just five points from 18 during the process.

2.17pmHaving said that, though, Moyes does have some promising home form to cling to. The Hammers have lost only one of their eight home league matches under the former Manchester United boss and that came courtesy of a 3-2 defeat against Newcastle United last December.

2.19pmDespite that, the club are still striving for consistency at the London Stadium. They have not recorded back-to-back home victories in the league since December, where one of those wins came against Burnley of all teams.

2.21pmOne real bone of contention lately has come at the back. Reid suffered a problematic injury last time out and his absence will do nothing to help the club's poor record of conceding recently. West Ham's last two matches have ended in 4-1 defeats and that is a real cause for concern. The Hammers not lost three games in a row by at least three goals for the best part of 10 years.

2.23pmMoyes has a poor record when coming up against Dyche on recent occasions. The Scottish coach finds himself winless in four matches against the Burnley manager.

2.25pmThe Hammers were poor against the Swans last weekend, but one positive came in the performance of substitute Antonio, who came off the bench to score West Ham's only goal in the defeat. The versatile attacker has improved of late following recent trouble in front of goal. Antonio has scored in back-to-back games for West Ham, having only being able to score one in his 20 last appearances.

2.27pmOne thing that will bring some optimism to the London Stadium today is that the Hammers have won five of their seven league games against Burnley, inclusive of all three of their home matches in that run.

2.29pmHome fans will be looking towards their flair players today given West Ham's troubles at the back. Both Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini will have to step up in the final third should they want to test this often-resolute Burnley defence.

2.31pmDyche's Burnley side have been nothing short of remarkable this season and currently sit in seventh position - just five points off sixth-placed Arsenal!

2.33pmThis year has not been the kindest to Dyche's men, though, as they are now seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since December, having claimed their first victory in 12 league matches when facing Everton last time out.

2.35pmWith Joe Hart's inclusion today, Burnley stopper Pope will be hoping to outshine his fellow Englishman. Hart has dropped out of the England pecking order of late, while Pope is starting to establish himself with an outside chance of making the World Cup this summer.

2.37pmCentral to Burnley's struggles after a blistering start has been their away form. Burnley are winless in their last seven away league games and have failed to score in five of those contests.

2.39pmThe shining light for the Clarets has been their defensive prowess and tactical efficiency. The club find themselves in seventh place despite having scored only 24 league goals. Only West Bromwich Albion, the league's bottom club, have scored fewer with 22 this term.

2.41pmThe inclusion of Barnes will give the striker the chance to net in three successive league matches since a run of four when he played for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011.

2.43pmBurnley's industry this term has already been well-documented. Such is the frustration Dyche's team can cause, the Clarets have seen an opposition player sent off six times in the top flight this campaign.

2.45pmLooking at the competitive history between the two clubs, as mentioned, West Ham have won five of their seven league fixtures against Burnley, having drawn and lost the other two.

2.47pmWest Ham have won the last three home meetings between the sides. The Clarets last away win at West Ham came via a 2-1 victory in the Championship way back in 2011.

2.49pmThis season, the two sides drew 1-1 in October when Chris Wood was able to rescue a point for the Clarets in the dying embers at Turf Moor.

2.51pmHeading into the game, Moyes has insisted that the club's Premier League future still remains firmly in their own hands as they bid to avoid the drop. Here's what he recently had to say to reporters:

"We find ourselves in a situation where we are not the only team fighting against relegation. We are one of about seven or eight teams, or perhaps even more, with only three to six points between them, which shows how difficult the Premier League is. It is so competitive.

"We are all in a situation where we have to pick up points if we want to be safe as soon as possible and be a Premier League team next year, but the good thing is that it still depends on us. It's not like we're in a situation where we need to rely on other teams' results."

2.53pmAs for Dyche, he has warned his side that West Ham will be up for the fight on home soil: "It's not an easy task for us. They're fighting for points, we're now fighting for points for different reasons. We want to go beyond last season, we've put ourselves in a great position to do that."

2.56pmJust a couple of minutes until kickoff now and the London Stadium is starting to fill up nicely. Here is a quick recap of the starting XIs:

WEST HAM UNITED STARTING XI: Hart; Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Antonio, Kouyate, Noble; Lanzini, Joao Mario, Arnautovic

BURNLEY STARTING XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Berg Gudmundsson, Hendrick; Barnes

2.58pmThe players are now making their way out onto the pitch and we will be underway shortly. Lee Mason will be taking charge of today's game.

1 minKICKOFF! We are underway and moving at the London Stadium!

3 minBurnley have started brightly here with the visitors keeping the ball well inside the opening moments. West Ham aim to move forward for the first time with a long ball into Arnautovic, but Mee gets there first to clear.

5 minHaving seen little of the ball early on, the Hammers have just started to get their collective foot on things. Burnley sit deep, though, preventing Antonio from making progress down the channel.

6 minBurnley win a free kick on the right channel and the ball is swept into the box, leaving Mee to beat the leap of Collins, although he cannot quite guide his header on target and West Ham are let off the hook.

7 minGiven the poor performances of late, credit to the West Ham fans here as they are creating a vibrant atmosphere inside the London Stadium. Now the players just need to respond.

9 minBurnley have already sought to capitalise from set pieces and are making use of Mee on every occasion. Collins stands firm this time, however, as the centre-back clears with his head and West Ham are able to win the vital second ball too.

10 minMoyes won't want to see this as Tarkowski goes in hard on Kouyate, leaving the midfielder writhing on the deck. We're going to have a slight stoppage here as Kouyate continues to receive treatment.

12 minFrom the resulting set piece, Pope launches a long ball forward into the West Ham box where Hart decides to come and punch, much to the anxiety of his defenders. He could have caught it really and that will be of no help to this Hammers defence who have been jittery of late.

13 minSAVE! A first moment of real quality from the visitors as Joao Mario drives towards goal before slipping a neat through-ball for the run of Arnautovic in behind. The Austrian is pushed wide by Mee, but is still able to test Pope with a driven shot down low. Danger signs from the Hammers...

15 minSHOT! Burnley are caught dawdling in their own half and Lanzini is able to exchange a neat one-two with Arnautovic, leaving the midfielder to bend a rising effort towards goal from the edge of the box. It's never troubling Pope, but again West Ham are just showing signs of creativity in the final third.

17 minWest Ham earn a set piece and Pope comes crashing off his line and gets nowhere near the ball. The resulting free ball drops kindly to Joao Mario just inside the area, but he can only guide a volley over the bar under pressure from pressing defenders.

18 minBarnes had to put himself about during that corner and he has a bloody nose to show for it. He's on the deck at the moment but should be able to continue once he's cleaned himself up and changed shirt.

20 minBurnley have just drifted after starting brightly and the visitors are finding themselves on the back foot at the moment. Antonio aims to make progress from left-back, but Tarkowski clears his cross into the middle.

22 minAntonio is just starting to cause some issues on the left as he hugs the touchline and breaks from deep. This time the wing-back cuts inside on his right and shoots towards goal, but it's a tame effort and Pope gathers with ease at his near post.

24 minNoble tries to show some positive intent in the middle when he rushes into a slide challenge on Lennon. It looks rather dangerous and the midfielder is lucky to escape without being booked. The winger is soon up, though, as he charges back to clear a Cresswell cross for a corner. Replays suggest that it might just have been handball.

25 minSome slight issues at the back for West Ham now as Ward drives down the left and drills across the deck and into the area. It should be an easy gather for Hart, but Ogbonna comes rushing in to hoof away for a throw. The keeper and centre-back clearly had their wires crossed, but a quick pat on the head and all is forgotten between the two.

27 minThe Hammers don't have too much to show for their industry so far, but João Mário has appeared to have added some intent in the final third. The playmaker does well on the edge of the area, but is stopped in his tracks when Mee and Tarkowski combine to prevent the Portuguese from getting his shot away.

29 minBurnley have stuck to their usual game-plan of late. The visitors are giving nothing away and are predominantly looking to expose West Ham at set pieces. This time the away side get numbers forward for a throw, but Collins is able to get the better of Barnes in the middle.

30 minAntonio is given more room to operate and he gets down the wing and crosses into the box, where Zabaleta peels off his marker but cannot do much damage with his floating header from the edge of the box.

32 minGudmundsson has been quiet thus far having been forced to tuck in for most of the game. The winger finally expresses himself down the left, although his cross is far too deep and Cresswell is able to clear unchallenged.

34 minThe Clarets have just edged back into proceedings with a tidy spell of possession. Hendrick is able to break on the edge of box, but he cannot find the through-ball for Barnes as Collins steps in to make the interception.

35 minArnautovic and Lanzini almost combine on the break this time as the Austrian sets a flick down for the playmaker. Mee reads the play well, though, leaving the defender to hold his ground and block the forthcoming shot on the edge of the box.

37 minBurnley have looked resolute at the back and despite some growing Hammers pressure, Dyche will be fairly pleased with what he has seen here. His defence have stood their ground and look unmoved so far.

38 minAntonio has been West Ham's best option and he again does well on the left to beat Lowton with a neat step-over, although his cross is wasteful and Burnley clear.

39 minSAVE! West Ham should be in front now. Lanzini breaks beyond the Burnley defence as the visitors slip up for the first time today. The playmaker finds himself one-on-one with Pope and opts to try something cheeky at the near post. Pope reads things fantastically to stick a leg out and prevent an almost-certain goal.

40 minYELLOW CARD! Cresswell is just beaten by the pace of Lennon who aims to break out towards the right. The defender brings his man down to stop the counter and takes a yellow card for his troubles.

42 minThe Hammers are looking a lot more threatening than they did last week against Swansea. The host go for something simpler this time with a lofted ball into the middle, but Kouyate is penalised for a foul on Ward.

44 minBurnley respond by forcing the home side back during the closing stages of the first half. Gudmundsson has the chance to cross, but cannot clear Collins at the near post.

45+1 minWe're going to have four minutes of additional time...

45+2 minWest Ham launch a ball into the box from a corner and Pope rushes off his line only to slip at the vital moment. Luckily for the keeper, Ward is on hand to make a vital header and relieve the pressure at the back post.


3.51pmWest Ham have certainly enjoyed the better of the first half here at the London Stadium and they should arguably have the lead here. Lanzini should have buried his chance, only for Pope to gamble and make a wonderful save.

3.54pmDyche's side have been poor in retaining the ball in the final third and the coach might just think about bringing on another striker, the visitors have failed to cause any issues for a West Ham defence that has been suspect in the last month or so.

4.00pmWest Ham have been much improved from last week, with Antonio getting into some good positions on the left flank. They have just fallen short at the vital moments in the first half and still find themselves level as a result.

4.04pmIt will be interesting to see how Burnley approach the second half, they look rather content with a point at the moment which could make testing viewing for the away fans here today.

46 minSECOND HALF! We're back underway in Stratford...

47 minNo changes as yet then for either side. Joao Mario is given far too much room on the edge of the box and he decides to shoot from range. The playmaker might just have stolen a few more yards on the defence there, with his shot sailing over the bar.

49 minAntonio produces a wild clearance inside the area and Burnley win themselves a cheap free kick. Luckily for the Hammers, the resulting set piece is poor and Collins can hoof clear.

51 minThe second half has developed similar patterns to the first, with West Ham taking the lead once more. Antonio looks to make use of some space on the left, but Lowton has his number and is able to dispossess the full-back before he can cross.

53 minCLOSE! The Hammers spring a long punt forward for Arnautovic, who uses his strength down the flank to come inside and beat a man. The striker is then just about hounded out before he can test Pope.

54 minOFFSIDE! Barnes has the ball in the back of the net following a wonderful finish, but the linesman already has his flagged raised for an offside. Replays suggest that it is tight as the striker rolls off the shoulder of Collins.

56 minYELLOW CARD! Westwood goes into the book for a terrible, terrible challenge on Antonio, as the midfielder goes in high over the ball and straight into the West Ham man.

58 minHart shows some wobbly signs again at the back as he allows a pass to roll onto his right foot before he kicks long. Replays suggest he might just have let the ball run out for a corner there.

61 minSUBSTITUTION: It was only going to be a matter of time for Burnley, as Dyche opts to bring striker Chris Wood into the fray. The frontman takes the place of Hendrick.

63 minSHOT! Burnley's best move of the game... Wood does brilliantly to pin back Ogbonna before laying off a pass for Barnes. His fellow frontman then has space to wind up a shot that flashes just wide of Hart's far post.

65 minMagnificent stuff from Antonio on the left as he beats all of three men on the left. The full-back tries to cut inside where he is eventually stopped by Mee.


66 minThis is simply brilliant... Lowton picks out a clever long ball down the channel for the run of Wood in behind. The substitute makes light work of Ogbonna, before squaring a standout ball back for Barnes. The advancing striker puts his foot through it first time to curl a wonderful finish into the top corner beyond Hart.

67 minWe're going to have another slight stoppage here as some protesters invade the pitch...


70 minPlay gets going again and Burnley break down the right channel where possession is cut into Lennon. The winger miscues his shot and it falls directly into the path of Wood, who diverts the ball beyond Hart for a simple tap in and the visitors' second of the game.

72 minIt's hard to keep your attention on the pitch at the moment as there appears to be more some ugly scenes developing off the pitch. A large section of West Ham fans have made their way to protest in front of the directors seats. At least 40 or so are chanting and gesticulating towards the club's owners after that second goal.

74 minThings are getting really ugly here as we see yet more protests and another fan invades the pitch. This is embarrassing for anyone associated with this football club.

76 minSomehow we have been able to resume play here and the security officials have done a great job to calm things down in the stands. It had looked like we would endure a lengthy break at one point.


81 minThis certainly won't help things as a strike is fired towards goal from distance, which Hart spills into the path of Wood. The sub makes no mistake with the tap-in to secure his brace.

83 minIt looks like club owner David Sullivan has been given advice to leave and that might be for his own safety as this protesting number continues to grow beneath the directors seats.

85 minYet the football continues on what could turn out to be a sad day for the football club. The game is being played at a walking pace at the moment as the action takes place in the stands.

87 minThe players are doing their respective bests to make a contest of the football at the moment, but a sort of stunned atmosphere has descended onto the pitch. There will likely be huge ramifications on West Ham after what has happened here.


4.52pmWithout little communication, the referee brings the game to an end and Burnley take a comfortable 3-0 victory after some more than ugly scenes at the London Stadium.

5.01pmWhat a bizarre end to a wonderful performance from Burnley. We'll certainly be hearing more about what happened here in the coming days. For now, though, that's going to be all from me. Thanks for joining us!

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