Burnley 3-0 West Ham
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini said his team “need to change” after a dispiriting 3-0 defeat at Burnley left them two places above the Premier League relegation zone.
The Hammers are now without a win in six league games following a poor performance that included a bizarre own goal by goalkeeper Roberto.
“When you concede so many easy goals it does not help,” said Pellegrini. “I am concerned at the easy goals we are conceding.”
The Clarets were leading 1-0 through Ashley Barnes‘ close-range effort when a Chris Wood header was chalked off by the video assistant referee, with the New Zealand striker shown to be just offside.
But Wood doubled Burnley’s lead just before half-time with a first-time shot, and the hosts were out of sight when Roberto turned the ball into his own net from an Ashley Westwood corner early in the second half.
“We need to change. We need to work hard and reverse this situation,” Pellegrini added.
Burnley’s opener came from a corner, but West Ham’s defenders were convinced that they should have had a goal-kick, claiming that the last touch before the ball went over the byeline had come off Barnes.
And the hosts were celebrating what appeared to be a goal for Wood when referee Kevin Friend paused the game before overturning the effort.
West Ham had just one touch in the Burnley box before half-time, but seemed to be improving after the break when Roberto, who had often looked uncertain under the high ball, turned Westwood’s corner behind him for the third.
The Spanish keeper did make some excellent saves following his error, but a bad day for West Ham saw them end the game with 10 men after substitute Manuel Lanzini was carried off with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.