Burnley 1-1 West Ham: Chris Wood header earns draw for Clarets
By Ben Grounds
Last Updated: 14/10/17 6:51pm
Chris Wood's 85th-minute header salvaged a 1-1 draw for Burnley against 10-man West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead after 19 minutes, with the former Nottingham Forest man latching onto Joe Hart's long ball and rounding Nick Pope to score.
But Andy Carroll was sent off for two bookings in quick succession 10 minutes later, and Burnley's pressure finally told late on as Wood met Johann Gudmundsson's cross.
Burnley remain in the top six despite failing once more to replicate their away form, while West Ham rise two places to 14th, above Brighton and Stoke City.
Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (6), Ward (7), Tarkowski (6), Mee (6), Brady (7), Cork (6), Hendrick (6), Defour (8), Arfield (6), Wood (7)
Subs: Gudmundsson (8),Vokes (7), Barnes (6)
West Ham: Hart (7), Zabaleta (6), Cresswell (6), Fonte (7), Reid (7), Kouyate (6), Arnautovic (6), Lanzini (7), Antonio (7), Chicharito (6), Carroll (5)
Subs: Obiang (7), Sakho (6), Masuaku (n/a)
Man of the match: Steven Defour (Burnley)
Sean Dyche's side looked like having more trouble on their own turf again after Antonio capitalised on poor defending from Ben Mee to break the deadlock.
The versatile forward took full advantage of the centre-back's failed clearance to round Pope with ease before slotting his first goal of the season.
Sean Dyche named an unchanged side for the visit of the Hammers, with the same XI that beat Everton. West Ham made two changes with Marko Arnautovic coming in for Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini replacing Andre Ayew.
But West Ham's fine start was derailed in two minutes of madness from Carroll. First, he caught James Tarkowski with the point of his elbow, and he showed his frustrations moments later as he jumped into Mee, leaving referee Stuart Attwell with little option but to brandish a second yellow before a red.
But the Hammers began the second period in positive fashion, with Manuel Lanzini's ball into the box inches away from the foot of Antonio, before the goalscorer nearly doubled his account when his shot was saved by Pope following excellent link-up play between Javier Hernandez and Lanzini.
Burnley had shown very little, but they were mightily close to levelling after 63 minutes as Gudmundsson cut inside Aaron Cresswell before firing a left-foot shot against the post and back into the arms of Hart after the ball hit his back.
Just when it seemed the Londoners had absorbed the best of Burnley's efforts, the Icelandic vindicated his introduction at the break as he found space to produce the perfect delivery for Wood to plant his header into the bottom corner.
- Burnley have gone six top-flight games without defeat for the first time since February 1975.
- Since Slaven Bilic took over at West Ham, the Hammers have picked up 12 red cards in the PL, three more than any other side.
- There were just 99 seconds between Andy Carroll's first yellow card and his second.
- Joe Hart is the 51st goalkeeper to provide an assist in the Premier League.
Sean Dyche (Burnley): "It's a definite sending off just because it's the laws of the game. I'm not bothered about players putting themselves about, I quite like it. I think the game is missing that, actually. But it is a definite sending off.
"They're two yellows, but I think the second one possibly was a straight red. I haven't seen it back, but I just felt it was a real big challenge from a distance, jumping in. But I must make it clear, I'm not overly against the physicality in the game. I still think there's a place for it, but if it goes too far then it has to be dealt with, as it was today."
Slaven Bilic (West Ham): "Of course I'm angry [with Carroll]. He's a very experienced player. It wasn't deliberate but a player of his experience, you cannot do that two times in a couple of minutes - especially when you play away it's very likely you're going to get minimum a yellow card.
"That's what happened very early in the game, and after that we knew it was going to be very hard, but we defended well and we were so close to getting all three points."
Man of the Match - Steven Defour
The Belgium playmaker was behind all of the hosts' creativity as they rescued a late point.
Defour's delicious ball into the box very nearly brought an equaliser sooner, but Matt Lowton was just unable to meet his cross. The 29-year-old was instrumental in galvansing his side when faced with defeat and it is not the first time this season the midfielder has been the best player on the pitch for the Clarets.
Burnley travel to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday, while West Ham host Brighton a day earlier on Sky Sports as Friday Night Football returns.