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Burnley 3-0 West Ham: Ashley Barnes scores as Manuel Pellegrini's side sink to seven game barren run

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Burnley 3-0 West Ham: Goalkeeping howler from Roberto Jiminez sinks Hammers to seven game winless streak as Wood and Barnes scoreBurnley ended a torrid run by cruising past West Ham at Turf Moor on SaturdayThe loss puts pressure on Manuel Pellegrini, whose side are seven games winlessRoberto Jiminez had a goalkeeping nightmare, conceding his 15th goal in six Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes netted  before Jiminez let in an own-goalThe Hammers are now without a Premier League victory since September 

A tragicomedy in three parts. Painful, almost cruel. A worse goalkeeping performance you are unlikely to witness this season.

The thought of withdrawing Roberto must have crossed Manuel Pellegrini’s mind when the West Ham manager winced while slouched in the Turf Moor dugout watching countless corners flapped at, listening to the roars of laughter from the stands.

Roberto is deputising for Lukasz Fabianski at the moment, the No 1 missing with a thigh injury until late next month. His absence is a constant headache, West Ham stuck with a goalkeeper who has conceded 15 goals in his last six games. 

Chris Wood was on the score-sheet as Burnley eased past West Ham to turn around their form

The striker bagged his fifth of the season to put Burnley 2-0 up going into the break 

West Ham's miserable form continues as Manuel Pellegrini's side say winless since September 

They have earned one Premier League point from 15 available with him between the sticks and, the horror show was complete when he punched into his own net from an Ashley Westwood corner the Spaniard really ought to have eaten. Newcastle scored two free-kicks against him last week; Burnley twice from corners this. Disorganisation reigns.

The defence have absolutely no faith in him. He does not communicate, evidenced when Fabian Balbuena headed behind for a corner with no Burnley player within 10 yards of him. Declan Rice went bursting back into his box to berate Roberto, and rightly so. Rice had seen enough.

So had Pellegrini, by that point – with West Ham three down – just slumped in his chair. It will be interesting to see whether the goalkeeper retains his place after the international break, with his team five points clear of the bottom three. David Martin, son of club legend Alvin, may be thrust into the spotlight. 

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope 7; Bardsley 7, Tarkowski 7, Mee 7, Taylor 7; Hendrick 7, Westwood 7.5, Cork 7.5, McNeil 8.5; Wood 8 (Brady 90), Barnes 8 (Rodriguez 81).

Subs not used: Hart, Lowton, Pieters, Lennon, Long.

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Roberto 2; Fredericks 5, Balbuena 4, Diop 4, Cresswell 6; Noble 6 (Yarmolenko 20, 5), Rice 5; Snodgrass 6, Fornals 5 (Ajeti 64, 6), Anderson 5 (Lanzini 56, 6); Haller 5.5.

Subs not used: Martin, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Ogbonna.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) 5

Wood had a goal disallowed by VAR but still got his name on the score-sheet in the first half

 All this takes away from Burnley slightly. They were brilliant, notably Dwight McNeil, whose reputation enhancement continues apace.

There should be no great surprise with how Burnley approached this, a team that had won their last five home games against teams outside the top six. Invariably, victory is secured when required at Turf Moor. Sean Dyche is a manager who gets reactions.

One badly needed here, following last week’s uncharacteristic capitulation at Bramall Lane. Ahead within 11 minutes through Ashley Barnes; home and dry by half-time through Chris Wood.

The two strikers both signed new contracts in the week and offered reasons why Dyche continues to place so much faith in them. They dovetail nicely, with Jay Rodriguez keeping competition fresh. West Ham’s back four could not deal with the battering rams.

Barnes’s opener was predatory, holding his position in West Ham’s six-yard box to stab in James Tarkowski’s knockdown after Rice had been caught underneath McNeil’s corner. The corner that should never have been given, Barnes diverting Phil Bardsley’s shot wide after Roberto’s ill-judged punch with nobody near him.

Ashley Barnes opened the scoring, netting his first goal since August after 11 minutes 

West Ham will rightly feel hard done to. The argument from VAR champions will be that the visitors had time to reset from the corner and it was a different phase of the game but Kevin Friend’s decision was just plain wrong. Regardless, Burnley’s ascendency meant a goal was due and West Ham were dreadful anyway.

VAR intervened to deny Wood later in the half, a marginal offside decision that was correct and took Stockley Park’s Lee Mason more than two minutes to reach. Wood’s shoulder appeared just ahead of the last man, Ryan Fredericks.

The delivery by McNeil was something else, a moment of quality that underlined his growing confidence and ability. With shades of Beckham, McNeil engineered pace and whip and shape for Wood to thump a header past Roberto before it was disallowed.

No matter, Burnley’s lead was doubled moments before the break. Roberto – poor, hapless, Roberto – put Balbuena under ridiculous pressure with a nonsensical throw.

Balbuena barely had time to turn and face play when McNeil robbed him of possession, charging down the line, squaring for Wood. Roberto got a hand to the striker’s first-time shot but could not prevent it going in. Wood impishly pretended to wear an earpiece in celebration.

Pellegrini’s side, lethargic and unadventurous on the ball, did not actually register a shot of any kind until the 48th minute, when Andriy Yarmolenko – who had replaced the injured Mark Noble – could only find Nick Pope’s midriff. ‘We’ve had a shot,’ the travelling fans chanted ironically.

Then Roberto took centre stage again, punching into his own net from Westwood’s corner as Barnes stood crowding his space nine minutes into the second half. The 33-year-old decided to make some saves when three down, twice thwarting Wood, shovelling Bardsley’s rasping drive wide, stopping Jeff Hendrick and Jack Corn. In a way, those saves made what preceded them even more horrifying.




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