Didn’t catch the first five minutes of this one but, from what I could gather, Burnley started the better side. Up until their goal they bossed midfield and created more than we did. After their goal, however, we seemed to come to life and carved out some really good chances.
The first West Ham goal was a joy to watch. Ayew drew a free kick as he took on three Burnley players which was taken quickly. Lanzini fed the excellent Fernandes who threaded a ball through to Ayew on the edge of the box. From start to finish the ball came through the middle like a knife through butter until it reached Ayew who, with his back to goal, flicked a beautiful ball in to the path of Feghouli. A really smart finish from the Algerian brought the, ever superb, travelling fans to their feet. Lovely play in the true West Ham Way – reminded me of days gone bye when some of the best teams to grace the famous Claret & Blue plied their trade.
Referee Madley didn’t seem to give us the rub in the same way he did with the two penalties a couple of seasons ago. I thought that Westwood was lucky to stay on the pitch and there were a few occasions when decisions went the opposite way to, what seemed at the time, the obvious. In the end it didn’t matter a jot as West Ham were, once again, the better side despite the decimated squad taken up to Turf Moor.