Saturday, May 15

Antonio Double Fires West Ham into Fifth

Michail Antonio’s first-half double was enough for West Ham to see off Burnley 2-1 in an entertaining encounter, sending the Hammers into fifth.

Although West Ham saw good early openings, it was Burnley who went ahead in the 19th minute as Tomas Soucek fouled Chris Wood in the box. The striker fired home the penalty, continuing his trend of goals against West Ham (seven goals in eight Premier League games).

But two-and-a-half-minutes later, Europe-chasing West Ham were level when Antonio (21) headed home. The lively forward then added his second soon after (29) as he turned home a superb Said Benrahma cross.

Having registered 22 shots throughout the whole game, West Ham could have added more to their tally in the second half, although Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez had the best chance to score but could only fire wide.

The victory sees West Ham go above Tottenham into fifth, keeping them on track for European football next season with four games to play. Burnley are now winless in their last eight Premier League home games – matching their longest run without a top-flight victory at Turf Moor (eight between December 1970 and March 1971) – and remain in 16th.

West Ham began wonderfully, and had two sights of goal inside 11 minutes. Antonio sent an effort wide from the top of the area, before Manuel Lanzini curled the ball just over Nick Pope’s bar.

But for all of West Ham’s early chances, it was Burnley who went ahead first. Some superb play from Wood inside the area saw Soucek swipe at his legs, handing the hosts a penalty. The striker stood up to take it himself, dispatching into the bottom left corner and through the palms of Lukasz Fabianski.

Wood has now scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than he has versus any other side in the competition, netting in all four of his Premier League appearances against the Hammers at Turf Moor.

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