David Moyes’ face reflected better than any words his frustration at the end of 90 bitterly disappointing minutes,
After netting five goals in their last two games, the Hammers created more opportunities against Burnley but the ball simply wouldn’t go in the net.
Top defending and a fine goalkeeping from Nick Pope plus some poor finishing put paid to our hopes and we will need to be more ruthless in the games ahead.
After five goals in two games it looked better than odds on that we would grab another but in the end Burnley ran out winners – a result which whilst not yet critical could still damage us at the end of the campaign.
The Clarets were composed and found a killer touch through Rodriguez whilst we were frantic as we chased the game and failed to bury a couple of outstanding opportunities.
It would be as well not to see Norwich as a given as they go into their last chance of saving their Premier League lives and Moyes is aware that we need at least a couple of more wins.
He told BBC Sport: “We had clear, good opportunities if you’re a striker, so you’re hoping that they bury them. Today wasn’t their day, but I hope that those days are to come soon, because we’ll need to win some more games.
“I was more frustrated by the game because we didn’t take chances, but also a bit disappointed that we didn’t keep a clean sheet.
“I was disappointed with the goal – we didn’t do particularly well in the middle of the park, they got it wide and we didn’t defend the cross awfully well either. There were a lot of positives in what we did going forward, but we couldn’t score which was the big thing and we needed to score today.
“We made lots and lots of opportunities, but I have to give Burnley incredible credit for the way they defended,” Moyes said.
“The amount of times they blocked it or their goalkeeper made a save… and whenever we looked as if we were going to score, they got back to get us. They did a really good job at it, as we know that’s what Sean Dyche’s teams at Burnley do.”
The Hammers will be keen to put Wednesday evening’s frustrations immediately behind them, as they turn their attentions to Saturday’s trip to Norwich City’s Carrow Road.
Moyes added: “At the moment, I don’t think any of the teams at the bottom have got as many points as they’d have liked. That could change at any minute, so all we can do is try and do our work.
“I’ve got to say the players gave an awful lot today for no reward, but hopefully they’ll get themselves rewarded in the coming games.”