English Premiership

Burnley fight back to rescue a point

2017-10-14 19:29
Burnley celebrate (Getty).

Cape Town - Burnley scored late to secure a 1-1 draw against West Ham United in the English Premiership on Saturday.

The Clarets had the better of the possession and chances on goal in the first half, but a mistake at the back proved costly as they went into the break a goal down. The Hammers' failure to make use of some early second-half chances came back to bite them as the hosts rallied late for the draw.

The match got off to a fast-paced start and both keepers were busy early on dealing with some dangerous balls into their box.

The first clear opportunity came on 11 minutes when Steven Defour's hopeful ball  found Chris Wood, but the New Zealand striker sent his header straight into the arms of Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart.

It was from a long ball up field that the visitors took the lead, a slip in defence allowing Michail Antonio to run in on goal before clipping the ball past Burnley keeper Nick Pope and scoring in an empty net.

But the London team were to suffer a setback soon after when their numbers were cut to 10 after two bookings in the space of a couple of minutes for Andy Carroll - both for using his elbow, saw the big man sent off.

More drama followed as Hart slid out to challenge Wood in the 33rd minute, the England goalkeeper seemingly not making contact with the ball and he was lucky that referee Stuart Attwell waved play on.

West Ham started the second half full of purpose as Antonio twice came close to scoring within the first 10 minutes, the England man unable to get a decisive touch on Manuel Lanzini's cross and then being kept out by Pope after Lanzini and Javier Hernandez had combined well.

Iceland winger Johann Gudmundsson was unfortunate to see his crisply stuck shot from 25-yards hitting the upright on the hour mark.

The Clarets were battling to find openings against the 10-man team, but the breakthrough finally came five minutes from time when Gudmundsson's excellent cross was put into goal by Wood's powerful header past Hart.

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