Late Burnley goal sees Hammers draw at Turf Moor


West Ham United were forced to settle for just a point at Turf Moor after a late Chris Wood finish cancelled out Michail Antonio’s first-half goal.  

The opening goal came in the 19th minute as Antonio met a pass forward from Joe Hart, slotting home comfortably after skipping past the Burnley goalkeeper.

The Hammers then saw Andy Carroll shown a pair of yellow cards in the space of three minutes, leading to the striker’s dismissal and leaving the away side with ten men.

West Ham battled hard and looked set to achieve an impressive away win at Burnley, but Wood’s header found the bottom corner in the 85th minute to ensure the points were split between the two teams.

Michail Antonio
Slaven Bilic named an attacking starting XI for the contest at Turf Moor with the likes of Andy Carroll, Chicharito, Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio all opening the match.

That bravery paid off less than 20 minutes into the game as Antonio put the away side ahead. A long pass by Hart eluded the Burnley defence, which Antonio latched onto, rounding goalkeeper Nick Pope to slot into an empty net.

An impressive opening by the Hammers was marred slightly a few minutes later after Carroll was shown two yellow cards in quick succession by referee Stuart Attwell. The striker was deemed to have committed fouls which were both worthy of bookings, seeing Carroll sent off in the 28th minute.

Despite losing Carroll West Ham remained composed defensively against Burnley’s threat, limiting the home team to shots from distance in the opening period through Steven Defour, Scott Arfield and Robbie Brady.

And the Irons could have doubled their advantage moments before the half-time whistle as Manuel Lanzini carved out some space just outside the box, only to see his shot well held by Pope.

The second half presented an early opportunity for Antonio to grab his second of the match but the forward just narrowly missed Lanzini’s ball across the face of the Burnley goal, which trickled agonisingly away from his outstretched boot.

Pedro Obiang, brought on at half-time for Marko Arnautovic, then saw a powerful shot well held by Pope, before Antonio forced another save from the Burnley goalkeeper.

The effort came following a flowing team move involving Lanzini, Chicharito and finally Antonio – a certain goal-of-the-season contender had Pope not stopped the attempt at his near post.

Burnley substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson struck the base of the post with an effort from distance. The ball then bounced back off Hart but the England international was able to claim.

But West Ham’s resolve could not hold as Chris Wood headed home in the 85th minute to draw Burnley level, bringing an end to a run of five consecutive wins for the Irons against the Clarets.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward (Barnes 81’); Arfield (Gudmundsson 46’), Cork, Defour, Brady, Hendrick (Vokes 46’); Wood

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Taylor, Westwood, Long

Goals: Wood 85'

Yellow Cards: Defour 41’


West Ham United: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Fonte, Cresswell; Kouyate, Lanzini (Masuaku 88’), Antonio, Arnautovic (Obiang 46’); Carroll, Chicharito (Sakho 75’)

Subs not used: Adrian, Noble, Ayew, Ogbonna, Masuaku

Goals: Antonio ’19,

Yellow cards: Carroll 25’ 27’, Obiang 80’

Red cards: Carroll 27’