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Antonio doubles pushes Irons into top four contention

West Ham climbed back into top-four contention with a gritty win at Burnley!

The Hammers came from a goal down to win 2-1 against Sean Dyche’s men, and move back fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind Chelsea in fourth.

With four games of the season remaining, David Moyes’ men are well and truly in the race to seal Champions League qualification.

It was a poor start against the Clarets, though, as Chris Wood was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty on 18 minutes.

The striker got the better of Issa Diop and was brought down by Tomas Soucek; Wood stepped up himself to convert from 12 yards.

Just two minutes later, the Hammers were level, as Mikey Antonio, back in the team after his injury lay-off, got on the end of a superb cross from Vlad Coufal and sent it into the back of the net.

And the turnaround was complete on the half-hour mark.

Said Benrahma, full of tricks and flicks throughout the game, sent in a teasing cross and Antonio got a touch on it, sending it beyond Nick Pope in the Burnley goal.

Benrahma could have put the game beyond Burnley just two minutes later, again cutting inside, dropping a shoulder, and whipping the ball just past the post.

Diop had another nightmare before half-time, as he got lost under a high ball and Matej Vydra nipped ahead of him, attempting to lob Lukasz Fabianski in the process, but Craig Dawson was on hand to clear off the line.

Burnley’s biggest chance at an equaliser came just after the hour mark but Jay Rodriguez somehow missed an absolute sitter.

Josh Brownhill had initially seen a shot saved by Fabianski and it rebounded to Rodriguez not even six yards from goal, but he shanked his effort wide under pressure.

Antonio could have had a hat-trick with 20 minutes left but his curling effort just flew the wrong side of the post.

Burnley piled on the pressure at the end, with goalkeeper Pope even going up for a corner, but the Hammers were able to hold firm and record a big win in the race to finish in the top four.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “Antonio doubles pushes Irons into top four contention

  1. Wow,thats what i call entertainment..Mikey looks like hes been fitted with a bionic hamstring and hes on fire.David Moyes cracking the whip throughout the game driving them on,a relentless attacking performance.Its been a real pleasure watching this squad playing this season.

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