Michail Antonio scored his first goal since October as West Ham defeated a Burnley side lacking a cutting edge, 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.
Burnley fire blanks again
Dyche has been in this position before with Burnley, but this time he might not have to rely on his man-management skills to pull the team out of the mire.
New owners have promised him funds for January signings, with reports linking them with two midfielders. They certainly need better service for their front men.
Ashley Barnes failed to produce an effort on goal while Chris Wood’s only strike was a first-half drive which drifted a foot wide. Burnley have now failed to score in six of their past seven away league games, and they have only managed nine goals in the league so far this season.
Fans should not panic yet, but it could be a different mood with matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to come in the next three weeks.
West Ham host West Brom on Tuesday (18:00 GMT) and Burnley are at Liverpool on Thursday (20:00 GMT).
Antonio joins the ’40 club’ – stats
- West Ham have won eight of their 18 Premier League games so far this season. They didn’t pick up their eighth league win until their 32nd game last term.
- No team has failed to score in more Premier League games than Burnley this season (10), while no team has scored in more games so far than West Ham (15).
- West Ham have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September 2019.
- Antonio became the fourth player to score 40 Premier League goals for West Ham, after Paolo di Canio (47), Mark Noble (46) and Carlton Cole (41).
- All 40 of Antonio’s Premier League goals have been scored from inside the box, with only four players having achieved the same in the competition (Tim Cahill, Javier Hernandez, Gabriel Jesus and John Terry).
West Ham United
- 21OgbonnaBooked at 83mins
- 28SoucekBooked at 73mins
- 20BowenSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 82′minutes
- 9BenrahmaSubstituted forLanziniat 68′minutes
- 7GudmundssonSubstituted forMcNeilat 45′minutes
- 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 72′minutes
- 10BarnesBooked at 63minsSubstituted forVydraat 63′minutes
Match ends, West Ham United 1, Burnley 0.
Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Burnley 0.
Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United).
Attempt blocked. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ben Mee.
Attempt blocked. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Declan Rice.
Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United).
Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nick Pope (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).
Attempt saved. Declan Rice (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Dawson with a headed pass.
Substitution, West Ham United. Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Jarrod Bowen.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Erik Pieters.
Foul by Robbie Brady (Burnley).
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.