Media Player Ratings- West Ham’s players rated by the press after shocker at Turf Moor

West Ham put in another insipid performance as they were beaten 3-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor. It was a horror afternoon for the visitors- shambolic defending, listless in attack and injuries to skipper Mark Noble and influential playmaker Manuel Lanzini.

Most of the blame (and perhaps rightly so), will be laid at the feet of Fabian Balbuena and Roberto, but there were very few positives from this game. Pablo Fornals was anonymous, Sebastien Haller looked disinterested and even Declan Rice wasn’t at his best. Robert Snodgrass was again an honest worker, although it didn’t amount to much. [Read more…]

Shockers for Fabian Balbuena & Roberto, VAR Blunder & More- Talking Points from Burnley vs West Ham

Burnley halted their three game losing streak as they comfortably beat West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. The Hammers have now gone seven games without a win across all competitions, and Manuel Pellegrini’s job appears to be under serious threat.

Just six weeks ago, West Ham were in the top three (behind Liverpool and Man City), but today’s defeat has seen them slump to 16th in the table. Their recent opponents- at least on paper, aren’t fearsome by any stretch of imagination- Bournemouth, Palace, Everton, Sheffield United, Newcastle and now Burnley, but Pellegrini’s men have collected just two points from these six games. It’s borderline relegation form, and given their next set of fixtures after the break (Spurs, Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal), it could get even worse.

Here are our talking points from the game.

VAR blunder hurts West Ham: When it rains, it pours, and it certainly seemed so for the Hammers at Turf Moor. Replays clearly showed that Phil Bardsley’s long range attempt on goal had taken a deflection off Ashley Barnes, but referee Kevin Friend gave a corner to Burnley. The home side scored from the resulting set piece, and VAR, somewhat bizarrely, chose not to interfere.

West Ham never do well when they concede first- they had lost eight in a row before this game after going behind, and it predictably became nine on this horror afternoon in Lancashire.

Chris Wood scores against against West Ham: New Zealand striker Wood has a fantastic record against the Hammers (had scored in all four of his previous games against WHUFC), and Clarets boss Sean Dyche had no hesitation in restoring him to the starting line up for this game and putting Jay Rodriguez on the bench.

Wood originally thought he had scored from a header (the cross from Dwight McNeil for the goal was simply exquisite), but VAR disallowed it for offside. However he was not to be denied his customary goal against the Hammers, with Balbuena robbed in possession just minutes later and McNeil setting him up for Burnley’s second.

Shockers for Falbian Balbuena and Roberto: Paraguayan defender Balbuena, as mentioned above, handed Burnley their second goal on a platter. Even more shocking was goalkeeper Roberto, who attempted to flap at thin air and then proceeded to divert Westwood’s corner into his own net.

The first goal was also partly Roberto’s fault- it was his weak punch (under no real pressure) that saw the ball fall to Bardsley.

The Spaniard, to his credit, did make some good saves, but he doesn’t inspire confidence currently, especially at set piece time. Burnley even thought they had scored a fourth (again from a corner), but Mee’s header was disallowed for an alleged foul in the box.

At this rate, third choice keeper David Martin might fancy his chances of making his league debut for West Ham when they play Tottenham after the international break. [Read more…]

West Ham record with 18-19 third kit | List of games played in grey shirt

West Ham’s third kit hasn’t been very lucky for them in the current 2018/19 season. As on date, the Hammers have played four games in this grey alternate strip and haven’t won even one of them. They also failed to score in three of the four games, and the solitary goal they managed in the fourth game came from the penalty spot.

West Ham record with 2018/2019 third kit– Played 4, L3, D1, GF 1 (penalty), GA 9

All four of these games were away from home, and three of those four teams, with all due respect to them, are clubs against whom the Hammers would’ve expected to take at least a point, if not all three.

Matches in 2018-19 season played by West Ham in grey third kit

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (August 12, 2018- GW 1)

West Ham’s first game of the season saw them beaten 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.

Burnley 2-0 West Ham (December 30, 2018- GW 20)

The Hammers’ final game of the calendar year saw them crash to defeat at Turf Moor [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare at Turf Moor against Burnley

West Ham missed out on an opportunity to go 7th in the table as their 2018 ended on a disappointing note following a 2-0 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor. This was the Hammers’ first ever Premier League game with David Coote as referee and they put in an uncharacteristically flat performance, with fatigue perhaps affecting several players, as Sean Dyche’s side ran out comfortable winners. Burnley could probably won 5 or 6-0 if it hadn’t been for the Clarets’ profligacy in front of goal and the brilliance of Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks for the Hammers. [Read more…]

Five Talking Points from Burnley v West Ham- Hammers slump to disappointing defeat

Goals from Chris Wood and teenager Dwight McNeil saw West Ham slump to defeat to struggling Burnley at Turf Moor. It was a poor end to the year for the Hammers, who looked flat and were defensively all over the place.

Manuel Pellegrini made two changes to the side that had beaten Southampton, with Marko Arnautovic coming upfront and Mark Noble returning in midfield. For Burnley, inspirational skipper Tom Heaton returned to start a Premier League game for the Clarets for the first time since September 2017, with former Hammer Joe Hart on the bench for Sean Dyche’s side. [Read more…]

Burnley v West Ham predictions- How do the pundits reckon the Hammers will fare against Sean Dyche’s men?

West Ham will look to finish December on a winning note when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Sunday afternoon. The Hammers have already had their best ever month in Premier League history, picking up an unprecedented fifteen points in December. Another three points against the Clarets will see them create another club record and potentially a Manager of the Month nomination for Manuel Pellegrini.

With Saturday’s results seeing Everton and Leicester both being upset and Watford drawing, West Ham will jump to 7th in the table if they win against Burnley. That’s a pretty big incentive, and would cap an almost perfect end to the year for Pellegrini after the club’s horror start to the season (they lost their first four league games) [Read more…]

Referee announced for Huddersfield-West Ham game | Town winless in Premier League under him!

The referee for West Ham’s crucial Round 12 league clash this weekend away at Huddersfield Town has been officially announced. Chris Kavanagh will be the man in charge of this game, assisted by Simon Bennett and Marc Perry, with Michael Oliver to serve as the fourth official.

While Town had a good record in the Championship under Kavanagh, they are yet to win a top flight game refereed by him. The news will be music to the ears of Manuel Pellegrini, whose side are aiming to register back to back league wins for the first time since January 2017. [Read more…]

West Ham vs Burnley Recap- Key moments, opportunities & chances- Minute by Minute

Here is a minute by minute summary of all the key moments, opportunities, chances and (of course!) goals from West Ham’s 4-2 win over Burnley on November 3, 2018 (Saturday).

Both teams were neck and neck in the points table going into this Round 11 clash, with the same 2-2-6 record to show for their efforts after the first ten games.

West Ham started with a 4-1-4-1 and welcomed Marko Arnautovic back from illness. Aaron Cresswell got the nod ahead of Arthur Masuaku at left back- both apparently had issues ahead of the game, but Pellegrini said he’d go with the fitter player, and chose the former. Right back Pablo Zabaleta was named captain for the day in the absence of the suspended Mark Noble. [Read more…]

West Ham’s Anderson named in BBC Team of the Week for GW 11, Rice praised by Redknapp

West Ham’s Felipe Anderson has been named in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week for Round 11. The Brazilian scored a brace in the second half on Saturday against Burnley to help his side gain three vital points at the London Stadium.

Both of Anderson’s goals came after the interval- West Ham, prior to the Burnley fixture, had only scored two second half goals across ALL ten of their previous Premier League games this season.

The Brazilian could’ve even had a third but was denied by the woodwork. Not surprisingly, he was also named as the Hammers’ best player on the afternoon across various newspapers.

This is what Crooks had to say about Anderson’s performance against the Clarets.

The Brazilian has looked impressive on the ball this season, however, against Burnley he looked just as impressive in front of goal.

Anderson was the only West Ham player in Crooks’ Team of the Week. The Irons had three representatives the previous week- goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Fabian Balbuena. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Burnley?

Prior to this game, West Ham had only scored two second half goals in the ten Premier League fixtures they had played this season. Here, they proceeded to score three times in the space of 25 second half minutes to secure 3 absolutely precious points and give manager Manuel Pellegrini, who had labelled this a “must-win”, some much needed breathing space.

All pundits had expected the Hammers to beat Sean Dyche’s side, and for forty five minutes till the interval, they dominated all aspects of the game except the scoreboard, where Burnley somehow found themselves level at half time despite having only 32% possession and having a passing accuracy of only 60%. [Read more…]