Two changes may bury the Turf Moor bogey

You have to go back to the last game of the 2016/17 season to find a West Ham win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

That campaign we finished our best season in ages with a 2-1 victory. Since then it’s  been pretty abject with a not very good 1-1 draw the following year and a horrible 2-0 defeat last term.

This time we go there without a win in five PL games whilst the Clarets are have been beaten in their last three and convincingly in the last two – 3-0 at Bramall Lane and 4-2 at home to Chelsea.

There was some credit in  2-1 defeat at Leicester prior to that but it’s been all downhill since.. However, with us being the team we are, stats perhaps don’t count for too much.

If they did we would be looking hard at the result against the Blades and perhaps reading quite a lot into it.

Three-nil is a pretty convincing scoreline compared to the 1-1 we managed at home when, without doubt, it should have been more.

How the boss will approach this – given recent selections – is like trying to pick the lottery numbers but I see a couple of changes in the offing which may make a difference.

With slight signs that Lanzini may be coming back to some form, a start for the player looks likely and maybe he could tuck in alongside Declan Rice as the spring forward midfielder rather than Nobes who looks badly in need of a rest.

I think there could be a recall for Arthur Masuaku who could take on that attacking left wing role with Felipe Anderson switched to play in the hole behind Haller.

Somehow we have start unpicking defences and we really need to do that against a side that has conceded nine goals in the last three games and lost six games this term without a hint of anyone at Burnley claiming boss Sean Dyche should be fired.

As I said, stats don’t always means much!

We can pick teams all night long but what we really need is a totally different attitude from the 11 the boss put out there – Snoddy, you are excepted from that!


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Two changes may bury the Turf Moor bogey

  1. I wont be Happy till Roberto is out.Why did we bring Martin to the club?.Said it before,this horrible run coincided with the Fabianski injury.

  2. I have completed the survey on starting XI – apart from Shelvey , Steve Bruce also talked about our high line. We need points so with apologies to the West Ham way I suggest a real 4-2-3-1 with two holding midfielders (Rice and Diop) and hope that we learnt that if we hold such a high line we will be punished – I dont remember fans complaining when we ground out a 1-0 win against Chelsea under Moyes and similarly I dont remember fans cheering when in Slav’s first season we went on all out attack against Swansea at Upton Park and were turned over 4-1

    So my line up is
    Roberto (since I dont know anything about David Martin apart from being Alvin’s son)

    Fredericks Balbuena Ogbonna Cresswell (capt)

    Diop Rice

    Yarmolenko Snoddgrass Lanzini


    Subs: David Martin ; Masuaku; Anderson; Ajeti ; Noble; Holland; Zabaleta

  3. Sorry zahama disagree Haller on his jack up.front don’t work..3..5..2..yep we are away but the system is working g home or away so it has got to be sorted..then bring on the spuds!! COYI

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