Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Joe Hart to return for West Ham in boost to World Cup…

Joe Hart to return for West Ham in boost to World Cup…

West Ham dominated the first half in which Burnley's keeper Nick Pope made several fine saves but everything turned sour at the London Stadium after the break om Saturday.

Hammers captain Mark Noble tried to send one pitch invader away and another sprinted on holding a corner flag shortly after Chris Wood added to Ashley Barnes' opener for the visitors.

Woods' first goal then proved the final straw for hundreds of home fans, who charged along the concourse to gather underneath the directors' box to chant "sack the board and "you destroyed our club". Joint-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are understood to have left their seats for their own safety.

Police had to be positioned along the touchline and specifically around the West Ham bench, where more disturbances appeared to take place.

A terrible mistake by recalled keeper Joe Hart then allowed Wood to add to the Hammers' woes.

"West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action", it said.

Following the game, West Ham manager David Moyes called on the club's fans to get behind the team. You know what it is, you can't come on the pitch and the players know that they have to perform on the pitch.

I am predicting that Burnley wins this game. It took only 8 minutes for West Ham to fall behind in this game after which they rarely threatened to get back on even terms.

"But we find ourselves in a situation where we are not the only team fighting against relegation". We're all in it.

West Ham's ageing wing-backs have failed to provide either the energy needed for their role or the experience which should be a given for two players with plenty of history behind them in the game. With only 5 points the difference to 6th-place Arsenal, a late surge could see the Clarets in Europe next season but a win in London is needed before thoughts turn to potential future prestige.

"We've got six games remaining at home and we think that in those six games we can accumulate enough points to stay in the Premier League".

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