West Ham grab vital win as Anderson grabs deadly double
PUBLISHED: 17:10 03 November 2018
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The Hammers earned a much-needed victory over struggling Burnley but were twice pegged back
West Ham United 4 Burnley 2
The Hammers got back to winning ways with a thrilling victory at the London Stadium, where Felipe Anderson’s deadly-double plus strikes from Marko Arnautović and Javier Hernández finally ended battling Burnley’s resistance.
Arnautović put the Hammers ahead with his fifth goal of the campaign on 10 minutes but after dominating the rest of the opening period in which overworked, former West Ham ‘keeper Joe Hart had every right to demand an overtime bonus, Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson equalised on the stroke of half-time.
And although Anderson restored West Ham’s lead on 68 minutes, substitute Chris Wood then headed the visitors level before Anderson and substitute Hernández finally gave Manuel Pellgerini’s men the three points that their dominance deserved.
Having won two, drawn two and lost six, both sides had come into this encounter with identical records, albeit with the Chilean’s men conceding five goals less than Sean Dyche’s team, the Hammers kicked-off in 13th-spot, two places above the visitors.
And following his side’s midweek Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, the West Ham boss made half-dozen changes as Arnautović, Lukuasz Fabianski, Pablo Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell, Fabián Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass each returned as Adrián, Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku, Michail Antonio and Hernández all headed back to the bench.
After an emotional rendition of the Last Post ahead of the Remembrance Day commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, the Hammers quickly found themselves up against a physical Burnley outfit.
Indeed, West Ham quickly found themselves with two walking wounded after Obiang was pole-axed by an awful scissor tackle from the curiously unpunished Ben Mee, while Arnautović also pulled up after being caught by James Tarkowski.
But after recovering from that tackle, the Austrian got his revenge in the best possible way, when he put the Hammers ahead with just ten minutes on the clock.
Balbuena’s searching ball from defence was flicked on by Grady Diangana and, although Ashley Westwood looked to have mopped up the danger, his routine pass to Tarkowski saw the centre-back woefully under-hit an attempted return to Hart and Arnautović pounced to drill a low, 15-yarder past the helplessly-exposed Clarets ‘keeper.
Burnley had suffered a forlorn, four-goal defeat against Chelsea last Sunday and Dyche made a trio of switches as he looked to get his troops back on track with Aaron Lennon, Ashley Westwood and Matēj Vydra returning in place of injured Jack Cork (ankle) plus substitutes Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.
Having fallen behind so early, the visitors needed former England ‘keeper Hart to be at his best to deny Arnautović his second goal of the afternoon, when he thwarted the breaking Hammers striker with his right ankle.
The Clarets really were severely under pressure from the Claret & Blue but, midway through the half, Mee met Gudmundsson’s corner with a powerful header that Fabianski clawed to safety.
Back at the other end, the industrious Diangana almost caught the visiting defence napping, once more, but Charlie Taylor got the vital touch and, after Obiang sent a low 25-yarder just wide, Anderson looked all set to double the lead with an angled 15-yard curler that flew beyond Hart only for the retreating Mee to miraculously head the ball over the top from underneath the crossbar.
Diangana was then denied a penalty by Roger East after Steven Defour tripped the youngster in the box before Anderson – still wondering just how Mee had denied him only moments earlier - was booked for felling the escaping Vydra but, despite Hart being on constant call in a busy Burnley rear-guard, the Hammers just could not add to their tally in what had been a one-way, opening 44 minutes.
And with less than 60 seconds of the first-half remaining, West Ham paid the price, when Vydra found Defour, who slotted the ball between Cresswell and Balbuena for Gudmundsson to slot a low 10-yarder beyond Fabianski’s outstretched left glove, to somehow send Burnley in all-square at the interval.
An acrobatic Hart – who had served Pellegrini so well at Manchester City - had also found time to foil Obiang with a flying save in stoppage time and, early in the second half, he produced another stunning stop as Arnautović sent a 25-yarder arrowing towards the top right-hand corner.
On the hour-mark, Hernández replaced Obiang and within moments of his arrival the Mexican substitute came within inches of stabbing home Arnautović’s low cross into the six-yard box after the Austrian had cleverly combined with Anderson down the left.
Just eight minutes later, though, West Ham did indeed restore their lead, when Arnautović slotted the ball into Diangana, who released Anderson just a split-second before being clattered by the consequently cautioned Tarkowski and the £43million Brazilian strode forward and drilled a low 15-yarder between Hart’s legs.
Dyche responded with a triple-switch that saw Vydra, Sam Vokes and the anonymous Lennon retire as Wood, Ashley Barnes and then Robbie Brady all stepped from the dug-out.
Certainly, that trio of fresh faces paid an instant dividend for the Burnley boss, who soon saw Brady swing a right-wing corner towards the edge of the Hammers six-yard box, where Wood climbed above Snodgrass to head the visitors level with just 13 minutes remaining.
That equaliser was another body blow for the Hammers but Anderson refused to let the disappointment get the better of him as he cleverly curled a 15-yarder onto Hart’s left-hand post to show his intent.
Then with just seven minutes remaining, the Brazilian went one better, when Arnautović collected a one-two back from Diangana before slotting in Anderson whose low eight-yard shot deflected off Mee and beyond Hart to deservedly put the Hammers back in front.
Wood nodded onto the top of the crossbar, while Hart parried Anderson’s stinging shot before substitute Antonio intelligently chested the two-goal Brazilian’s cross into the path of Hernández, who cemented a richly-deserved Hammers victory by firing an unstoppable, ten-yarder beyond the Burnley stopper in stoppage time.
HAMMERS: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Cresswell, Diop, Balbuena, Rice, Obiang (Hernández 60), Snodgrass, Diangana (Antonio 85), Anderson, Arnautović (Ogbonna 90). Unused subs: Adrián, Fredericks, Masuaku, Pérez.
CLARETS: Hart, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Gudmundsson, Defour, Westwood, Lennon (Brady 75), Vokes (Wood 72), Vydra (Barnes 72). Unused subs: Heaton, Hendrick, Long, McNeil.
Booked: Anderson (33), Tarkowski (68), Lowton (87), Barnes (90+2), Brady (90+3).
Referee: Roger East.