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West Ham United 1-0 Burnley – Reaction
Almost every successful team has been built around a solid defence and West Ham United – with six Premier League clean sheets under their belt this season – are certainly acquiring that valuable commodity.
The latest shut-up secured a single-goal success over Burnley at the London Stadium. Michail Antonio’s close-range effort early on moving the East Londoners into ninth place with 29 points.
The Hammers recent measly streak has coincided with the inclusion of Craig Dawson in the starting eleven. Boss, David Moyes was quick to recognise the contribution of both the Watford loanee and his partner in crime, Angelo Ogbonna.
“By the end of the season, you have to win a number of games 1-0, we’ve done it a couple of times,” the Scotsman explained.
“I didn’t enjoy that we had chances and then we didn’t create more chances, especially in the first-half to maybe put the game out of sight.
“We hit the post from a corner, but it was a day where I needed my defenders to stand up and be counted and I thought Angello Ogbonna and Craig Dawson – especially those two – stood up and were counted magnificently.
Match-winner, Antonio did well to complete another ninety-minutes on a heavy surface: “Very good for somebody who is just coming back from injury and we are trying to bring him along quite slowly,” Moyes added.
“If it had been a bit easier, I would have tried to get him off. But it wasn’t and we needed him to worry them as much as we could. Unfortunately, we had to keep him on, but it will do him no harm getting another ninety-minutes under his belt.”
Moyes remained coy on whether Antonio would feature against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening: “We will have to look at it. We will see how the players recover in the next couple of days, but we will need to be careful with him at different times.
“We don’t expect him to play every minute in every game, so we will do what we can, but we are in a good run of form and if you’re a football player you have to be robust.
“Micky certainly showed a great level of robustness in the last six months so hopefully, we can get him back to that.”