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Hammers held

Burnley held the Hammers to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

On a cold and rainy afternoon in Lancashire, the game descended into a midfield battle, with very few chances for either side.

If a side were going to win, it was always going to be the Hammers, but they could not create the clear-cut chance they needed to put the Clarets away.

The first half had a real dearth of quality, with the main two chances coming from defenders.

Arthur Masuaku fired an effort wide from range on the volley before Nick Pope denied Issa Diop with an exceptional save from his glanced header.

The Irons were also denied a penalty, when Craig Dawson was fouled by Dwight McNeil in the area but, amazingly, VAR stuck with the on-field decision of it not being a spot-kick.

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Said Benrahma went close, too, in the second half, with a header that was well saved again, and Declan Rice tried to become the Hammers hero on 83 minutes, but his long-range drive whisked just over the crossbar.

The game opened up in the final few minutes, with both sides trading chances; Jay Rodriguez couldn’t quite tap in at the near post after Charlie Taylor’s low cross, before Jarrod Bowen saw a shot saved at his near post by Pope.

Overall, a difficult watch, but a point is a point.

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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 “Hammers held

  1. Firstly might as well chuck VAR. Absolute penalty-not given. Whoever was on var there is no excuse. Antonio im afraid missing too many chances.What goes on ? -if we dont get a proper striker in Januaryi its a disgrace,No more excuses.

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