Michail Antonio's brace boosts West Ham United to fifth spot, Chelsea under pressure

Michail Antonio scored two goals in the first half to ensure a come from behind victory for West Ham after Chris Wood gave Burnley the early lead.

West Ham United beat Burnley 2-1 on Monday night courtesy of a Michail Antonio brace; Credit: Twitter/@Michailantonio

West Ham United beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor on Monday to keep themselves in contention for a Champions League spot. Chris Wood gave Burnley the early lead before Michail Antonio scored a brace to ensure an away victory for the Hammers. The win helped West Ham to come back to fifth spot in the League table. The pressure on fourth placed Chelsea mounted, who are just three points away.

Chris Wood scored off a penalty in the 19th minute to make the score 1-0 for the home side. A long ball from the midfield found Chris Wood’s run. The New Zealand striker did well to keep the ball in play before Tomas Soucek fouled him. Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot. The 29-year old striker stepped up and smashed the ball low and hard into the right of Lucasz Fabianski.

Michail Antonio, back from an injury, scored the equalizer for Hammers within two minutes after the goal. Jesse Lingard rolled the ball to Vladmir Coufal on the right side. The Czech right-back delivered a cross into the far post for Antonio to head the ball past Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

West Ham extend lead

Just eight minutes after the equalizer, West Ham scored their second goal. Said Benrahma cut inside and delivered a right footed in-swinging cross from the left side. Antonio got on the end of it to make it 2-1 for the Hammers.

Benrahma was once again involved, as his right footed curling attempt from the left side missed both the goal and a sliding Antonio at the far post. Burnley tried hard for the equalizer, Matej Vydra’s attempt was cleared off the line by Craig Dawson. West Ham defense stood firm to ensure three points for the away side.

It was Davis Moyes’ side’s first win in last three league games and they are now back in the fifth spot after being pushed to sixth by Tottenham on Sunday. West Ham will fancy their chances to finish in the top four with just four matches remaining and three points away from Champions League spot. West Ham will next host Everton at home on Sunday.

In another match of the day West Brom and Wolves played out a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. The draw left West Brom on the brink of relegation. They are 10 points away from safety with just four games remaining.




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