• FT - Burnley 1-3 West Ham United

FT - Burnley 1-3 West Ham United

BURNLEY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
TURF MOOR
SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: KEVIN FRIEND

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FT - Burnley 1-3 West Ham United

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All over here at Turf Moor, where West Ham are celebrating another fine win on their travels. Not that it was always straightforward, but West Ham were exceptional in front of goal early on in the second half, with two splendid headers from Sakho and Valencia. After Boyd had halved the Clarets' arrears, Cole settled any lingering jitters to seal a fourth Barclays Premier League win of the season. Thank you, as ever, for your magnificent support and we'll bring you all the reaction across our platforms as soon as we have it.          

90+4: Downing plays in Sakho and the Hammers' No15 is through on goal... Not so, says the linesman and Sakho is stopped in his tracks. Not long left now.

90+2: West Ham toil to clear their lines and the Claret's Man of the Match, Boyd, unleashes his umpteenth effort of the afternoon. West Ham get the block in and Adrian is able to gather.

90: Nolan is close to getting in on the act here as he bursts free. He's at an acute angle, mind, but Heaton still has to make a save, as it flicks off the 'keeper and into the side netting. There will be five additional minutes here.        

89: Barnes has another go but this one's not about to trouble Adrian. He cuts across it and flies well, well wide.

87: Woodwork! But they're not home and hosed just yet, as substitute Barnes crashes one against the bar from six yards or so.       

85: All the noise coming from the away end now as West Ham edge towards successive league wins and a second away victory of the campaign.

83: A double switch for the hosts as Marvin Sordell comes on for Kightly, while Nathaniel Chalobah is on for Ings. Big Sam shuffles his pack too, with Kevin Nolan on for the ever-impressive Alex Song.     

79: West Ham, dare I say it, are beginning to enjoy this and the fans most definitely are. Sakho's overhead falls kindly for Cresswell whose volley flies straight into the midriff of Heaton, who knew very little about it. Anywhere else and that surely would have been four.         

78: The tireless Sakho nips in to win it on the by-line and his cut-back looks destined for Cole, but a for well-timed Burnley intervention. Unlucky.

76: It's become a little bitty in these last few moments, but West Ham will not care one jot. Cresswell's long free-kick falls at the feet of Sakho on the edge of the box, but, again, there's a Burnley body in the way.   

73: What a game this is now. Both sides are pouring forward at will. A poor Burnley clearance only gets as far as Noble, who diverts into the path of Downing. He absolutely hammers it and it arrows just past the far post. Heaton was getting nowhere near that one. As clean a strike as you'll see.   

70: GOAL! COLE! West Ham have their two-goal cushion back. Noble's corner is headed back across goal by Sakho and there's Cole to fling himself towards it and nod in from point-blank range. That's Carlton's second of the campaign. Breathless stuff.                

69:
And here come the Hammers once more. Downing prods it out wide and then picks it up again on the edge of the box. He lets fly but it cannons into Burnley shins and out of harm's way.   

67: West Ham are trying to restore calm here and a corner will do very nicely. Downing swings it in from the right but there's no one on the end of it this time, as it sails beyond the far post and Burnley regain possession.     

65: The Clarets make their first switch, with former Brighton man Ashley Barnes on for Jutkiewicz.  

62: From being relatively comfortable, West Ham are right back under the cosh now, as Burnley are inches away from levelling things up. Trippier's cross is met by the head of Ings, whose header looks destined for the far corner, but just swings past the post. Close call.   

60: Goal. Burnley are back in it and in ugly fashion too. Adrian is unable to gather a left-wing corner and following an almighty scramble Boyd is there to smash home. 1-2.

59: Cole is immediately into the thick of it. Ben Mee slipped and Cole very nearly picks up the pieces. It's out for a corner and West Ham nearly have a third. Cole powers a header goalward and someone, somehow clears it off the line. The arms go up, but evidently it's not crossed the line.   

57: The travelling Claret and Blue Army are jubilant and why not... As it stands, West Ham are sitting pretty in fourth in the table. Back to more immediate matters, Valencia is withdrawn, replaced by Carlton Cole.   

54: GOAL! Valenciaaaa! And it's two, what a start to this second half for West Ham. It's from the opposite side but the result is very much the same. Jenkinson's right-wing cross is perfect for the Ecuadorian, whose header from ten yards is a fabulous one and flies high into Heaton's net. What a header! 2-0.    

53: Burnley win a free-kick just inside West Ham territory. Trippier lofts it into the middle and Collins climbs high to head away.

49: GOAL! West Ham lead and it's that man SAKHO, AGAIN! Cresswell's cross is a good'un and Sakho's leap is even better. His leap is a prodigious one and he plants a lethal downhard header into the far corner. 'Diafra Sakho, he scores when he wants' sing the Hammers fans away to our right, that's five in five Barclays Premier League starts for the Senegal man.       

47: Burnley win a throw-in deep in Hammers territory on the left-hand side. Kightly swings it in left-footed and though it's got a good shape on it, it's fractionally too high and drifts harmlessly away.  

16:01pm: West Ham get us back up and running after the break and it's as you were for both sides.   

45: There will be one additional minute at the end of this first half. Meanwhile, Arfield uses a decoy runner to cut inside onto his left foot and take aim. His shot is well blocked and loops up very handily for Adrian. Not content with the one effort, Arfield then tries his luck from miles out and it's wild. With that, the half-time whistle sounds at Turf Moor. It's goalless but it's very watchable. Having had to contend with an early onslaught, I dare say Big Sam won't be too displeased with that. Back shortly.      
 
44: The impressive Boyd has West Ham facing their own goal once more as his ball across the face just eludes a sliding Jutkiewicz at the far post. Not quite sure how this is still goalless!   

41:
Sakho scurries goalward and having anticipated a run that never came, his reverse ball rolls into the arms of Heaton. At the other end, Ings steals it and has the last man in his sights. Collins, however, stands up tall and times his challenge to perfection. First class defending.    

38: West Ham edging the territorial battle now, in stark contrast to the opening ten minutes or so. Cresswell finds himself in space down the left and looks for Sakho in the middle. It arrows through the so-called corridoor of uncertainty, but Sakho is just too far away to fling himself at it, though he applauds the full-back's intent.

36: Alex Song bursts forward and tees up Amalfitano from range. The Frenchman weighs up his options before opting to have a dig. He doesn't catch it that cleanly and though Sakho inadvertently runs onto it, the linesman's flag is up to end this particular Hammers surge.    

33: We have our first caution of the piece, as Winston Reid has his name taken for a trip on Boyd inside the Burnley half. The resulting free-kick causes some alarm in the Hammers box, as Boyd flicks on, but West Ham, eventually, clear their lines.  

30: Woodwork, again! It's not wholly dissimilar to his goal at Crystal Palace, as Downing strikes the outside of the post. Admittedly, he's a little deeper this time as he cuts back onto his left foot and shapes for the far post. Heaton's not stopping it but the upright repels it and Sakho can only stand and watch at the far post as it trickles away.    

29: Trippier dinks a lovely little ball over the top to Boyd, who is immediately faced with Cresswell. Boyd twists and turns and eventually digs out a cross. Jutkiewizc looks to be climbing all over Collins in the middle and barely makes contact as the ball flies behind for a goal-kick.    

26: Chance! A fine Downing ball picks out Cresswell on the near touchline. He controls and whips it in toward the near post, where Sakho has edged between the two defenders but heads a good yard or two wide of Heaton's right-hand upright. By far and away the Hammers' best chance thus far.  

23: Though West Ham have definitely settled here, Jutkiewicz and Ings remain a considerable threat. The former looks for his strike partner, who looks to be onside as he races after it, but Adrian is off his line in a hurry to sweep up. West Ham were caught a little square on that occasion.      

20: Valencia can stretch his legs here as he bears down on the Burnley goal. Just as he looks to shift it and shoot, a Burnley boot nicks it away from him and Sakho can't get there either.    

19: And so it continues. It's messy in the West Ham box and Jutkiewicz very nearly pounces on the loose ball, only to be denied by the quick feet of Collins, who heaves it away from goal. Seconds later and the Clarets have a free-kick on the left edge of the box. Kightly swings it in and a back-tracking Adrian tips it behind for a Burnley corner.     

17: Valencia sizes up his chances from a good 30 yards. He smashes it, just as he did at Hull City, but this time it sails harmlessly over Heaton's crossbar.     

15: Collins and Danny Ings are wrestling for possession on halfway and Kevin Friend finds in favour of the fit-again Burnley man. The resulting free-kick belatedly comes out to Trippier on this right-hand side, whose inviting centre is headed over by Jutkiewicz at the far post. That looked a good chance, though it might have been fractionally behind the former Coventry City forward.       

13:
Better from Sam Allardyce's side as they enjoy a spell of possession in the middle third. It eventually comes through to Sakho, who tries to play it around the corner to Downing. It's overhit and the Clarets have it back.    

10: Burnley are still having much the better of it here, with West Ham struggling to get a foot on the ball. A long throw from the left-hand side is allowed to bounce in the West Ham box but Cresswell nods clear at the far stick and the Hammers clear.     

8: And the Clarets go closer still. Danny Ings breaks free in the box and strokes it toward the far post. Adrian, diving low to his left, keeps it out, but there's Jutkiewicz to tap home from point blank range. Thankfully, an offside flag comes to the Hammers' rescue and the replays show that the linesman was spot on. Nervy stuff this, though.    

6: Woodwork! George Boyd does wonderfully well on the edge of the box, controlling with his chest and then firing goalward on the half volley. It looks to have Adrian beaten but thuds back off the underside of the bar and Collins reacts quckest to nod the rebound away. West Ham survive, just.  

5: Half a chance that for the Hammers, as Jenkinson's right-wing cross is deflected and very nearly falls to the lurking Diafra Sakho at the near post. Close.   

2: Scott Arfield swings it in from the right and Danny Ings on the turn, sees his shot blocked. West Ham are straight back down the other end and looking menacing. Enner Valencia lays it off to Downing and he jinks towards goal, before seeing his shot blocked behind for a first corner. Downing takes it, up go the heads and it loops up in the air for Heaton to collect.     

1: It's the hosts who get us and off running this afternoon. The Hammers will attack the Jimmy McIlroy Stand to our left. The hosts lump it long from kick-off and Adrian will have an early goal-kick.     

14:53pm: The players are in the tunnel! Bubbles ringing out from the David Fishwick Stand to our right... And here they come, West Ham sporting their sky blue away shirt and Burnley, obviously, in claret and blue.       

14:50pm: Just before we get underway here, we've got some pre-match stats for you...

Diafra Sakho is the first Hammers player to score in four straight Barclays Premier League games since Carlton Cole in the 2008/09 campaign.

West Ham have scored six goals from set play situations this season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

No player has created more goalscoring opportunities in the top flight than Stewart Downing this season - 22, level with Cesc Fabregas.  

14:45pm: Atmosphere building at Turf Moor.The Hammers are headed back down the tunnel following their pre-match warm-up, just quarter-of-an-hour until kick-off here. Predictions for this afternoon? Let us know using #BURWHU on Twitter.

14:30pm: This afternoon marks Academy graduate Noble's 200th Premier League appearance for the Hammers. What are your favourite Noble memories? Congratulations Mark!

Mark Noble 200

14:00pm: The teams are in and Sam Allardyce makes two changes to the side that saw off Queens Park Rangers a fortnight ago. James Collins comes in for James Tomkins, who is sidelined with a thigh problem, while the fit-again Mark Noble replaces Mauro Zarate in midfield.

Elsewhere, Enner Valencia, fresh from three goals on international duty with Ecuador, takes his place alongside Diafra Sakho up front. What do you make of the team this afternoon? Join the conversation on Twitter using #BURWHU.    

For Burnley, as expected, Danny Ings returns to the side for the first time in over a month, having recovered from the hamstring injury sustained in a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.    

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Downing, Sakho, Noble, Jenkinson, Collins, Amalfitano, Song, Valencia
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Nolan, Jarvis, Vaz Te, O'Brien, Cole, Burke

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Kightly, Jones, Boyd, Jutkiewicz, Ings  
Subs: Gilks, Long, Ward, Chalobah, Barnes, Sordell, Wallace

13:30pm: The Hammers have just arrived here at Turf Moor and we will bring you team news on the hour. In the meantime, should you fancy a chance of winning signed prizes, then enter our #WHULINEUP and #WHUGOAL competitions over on Twitter. Simply submit your starting XI and first Hammers goalscorer predictions using the relevant hashtags.     

A very good afternoon and welcome to Turf Moor as West Ham United take on Barclays Premier League new boys Burnley.

Following a 2-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers last time out, the Hammers are bidding for successive league wins for the first time this term. Sam Allardyce's side have amassed ten points from their seven league clashes and victory here could yet see them climb as high as fourth.    

Burnley, meanwhile, have endured a tough start to life back in the Premier League after a four year absence. The Clarets are still looking for their first league win after seven top-flight outings.
They have four points to date, having collected draws against Leicester City, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

As for team news, Mark Noble is back in contention after returning to full fitness over the international break. Should he feature, the Canning Town-born midfielder will be making his 200th Premier League appearance for the Club and you can read his pre-match musings in this week's Chadwell Chatter.     

Elsewhere, defensive trio James Collins, Guy Demel and Joey O'Brien are also back in training, as they make their way back from injury.

Where the Clarets are concerned, Sean Dyche could have as many as six players bak at his disposal, with Kieran Trippier, Danny Ings, Dean Marney, David Jones, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane all potentially back in the frame.

However, ex-hammer Matty Taylor is out with an Achilles injury while the prolific Sam Vokes, who scored 21 goals last tmer, is out until late November after surgery on a knee injury.     

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