Antonio doubles West Ham’s top four prospects after Burnley win
Posted On May 3, 2021
West Ham fell within three points of Chelsea, fourth after Michail Antonio scored twice in a 2-1 win from behind at Burnley on Monday night.
Chris Wood gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot, against the run of play, before Antonio struck twice in eight minutes to reverse the game.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche remained with the same XI that beat Wolves 4-0 last weekend as he named an unchanged side to face the Hammers.
Ashley Barnes was among the substitutes again after a thigh problem with Chris Wood and Matej Vydra continuing the attack.
Following back-to-back losses, David Moyes made five changes to his side when Aaron Cresswell, Craig Dawson, Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio entered.
Fabian Balbuena had to settle for a place on the bench after being presented with the red card presented to him in last week’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea, while Angelo Ogbonna and Mark Noble gave up completely. ‘team.
The visitors started off brilliantly but Burnley was awarded a penalty in the 17th minute when Issa Diop failed to cut Ashley Westwood’s loft pass to Wood.
The New Zealand striker fell back on goal but suffered a foul from Tomas Soucek, getting up to score from the penalty spot.
But West Ham only needed two minutes to respond as Antonio moved between Ben Mee and James Tarkowski to meet Vladimir Coufal’s cross with his header after Dwight McNeil lost possession.
And Antonio then put West Ham in the lead at 29 minutes as he slipped through Burnley’s defense to apply the finishing touch to Said Benrahma’s inswinging center.
Substitute Jay Rodriguez wasted a guilty chance to level the scores with 25 minutes remaining when he soared five yards after a scramble for goal.
Antonio then came close to completing a hat trick when he completed a wide effort from the edge of the zone.
Lingard could have taken the points in the 90th minute at the break, but Pope held his ground at this close position.
A late charge from Burnley failed to equalize as the Hammers retained a massive three points in their Champions League football hunt. The Clarets remain in 16th place.