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…]

West Ham v Burnley Predictions- What do the pundits say?

West Ham will be desperately looking for a win when they host Burnley at the London Stadium later this afternoon. Despite their best efforts in recent weeks, the Hammers have come up short in the points department, and will be keen to set that right this month, beginning with their clash against Sean Dyche’s men at home.

This is the beginning of a set of relatively easy fixtures for the Hammers, one they’d expect to take maximum points from. Injuries haven’t helped Manuel Pellegrini’s cause, with several key players in the treatment room, but the Chilean will be hoping that both defence and offence click together against the Clarets. However Dyche’s Burnley did not lose to Pellegrini’s Man City when he was in charge of the Citizens during the 2014/15 season.

How do the pundits in the media feel about West Ham’s chances? Let’s take a look! [Read more…]

Hammers Dominate But Come Away With Draw

I can’t believe it neither can big Sam. Yet another draw for the Irons after a dominating game by the boys in claret and blue!

Burnley were quite simply outplayed by the Hammers at Turf Moor in this npower Championship game but were not rewarded with the points. The Hammers were even 2 nil down at half time but roared back into life after the break.

Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins put the Irons back in the frame and levelled the score and after numerous chances went begging, Allardyce was left flabbergasted to see his Hammers leave Turf Moor with just a point.

I’m absolutely totally and utterly flabbergasted that we didn’t leave Burnley with a victory under our belts. From the very start, we had chance after chance after chance and then incredibly went 2-0 down. Even then, we had a couple of chances before half-time that we couldn’t put in the back of the net.

“We slipped up defensively on a couple of occasions and they’ve scored two goals completely against the run of play after playing so well.

“We changed the system a bit and went for it a little bit more. The comeback was fantastic but it wasn’t really a comeback because we were already there. We increased the amount of opportunities we could score from, but unfortunately we fell foul of not converting our opportunities into goals.

“We must have had four or five one-on-ones, we’ve hit the post and had a goal disallowed. We had 20 attempts and eleven shots on target and Burnley’s total was five shots on target in the entire 90 minutes and they’ve scored two goals.

A fifth draw in a row means that the Hammers travel to Peterborough United for their game in-hand on Tuesday knowing only a victory will keep automatic promotion in their own hands.

Having said that, Sam Allardyce has quite rightly demanded that his strikers start finding the target sooner rather than later.

Big Sam said:

The players have got to find the courage to take their chances. They have got to have the nerve, composure and professionalism to convert them into goals.
“We cannot wait any longer. We’ve got to put the ball in the net when we get the chances. Our conversion rate has to be a lot better.

Like all Hammers fans I do hope they come through at Peterborough and claim a victory – all this tense, nervy stuff is getting to me!