West Ham United 4-2 Burnley – Reaction
Turning the clock back to November 3, 2018 – West Ham went into the game keen to end a three-match winless sequence against a Burnley side surprisingly struggling to defend of late…
MANUEL PELLEGRINI was unsure as to whether his West Ham United side had produced their best Premier League performance since moving into the London Stadium, but the Chilean was certainly delighted to see his side pick up the three points from what was an entertaining encounter with battling Burnley.
Goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Chris Wood had twice pegged the Hammers back after Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson had given the host’s an advantage. However, a deflected effort from Anderson and a late fourth from Javier Hernandez ensured the east Londoners their first win in four, much to the delight of the former Manchester City chief.
“Well I don’t know if it is the best performance but it was very good and very good result,” Pellegrini explained.
“I think against Manchester United it was also good. Tottenham, Chelsea, we finished the game with a feeling that we played better but didn’t get results.
Today was a difficult game because we played forty-five minutes at a high level, should have scored two goals at least, then they level in the last minute. I spoke with the players that we cannot just think about the goal we conceded, we have to continue to play well in the second half.
Then they drew level again but I feel that the players trust in the way that we are playing and what we are doing.”
Pellegrini spoke positively about his sides resilience, adding: “Well, we didn’t exactly allow them to score, you have a team in front of you as well with their own player. They were strong in their aerial duels, I think they only had one chance in the first half and the second was from a corner. It’s part of the game.
“But it is more important that I see the mentality of the team to try to score one more goal. When you score four goals and have at least four more clear chances, I think that we are playing in the correct way and the fans are happy seeing the team play in that way.”
Meanwhile, Burnley chief, Sean Dyche, spoke philosophically about the match, adding: “It was certainly a ding-dong of a game, that’s for sure. Good for the neutral, not so good when you’re on the wrong side of it.
“Pleased with the mentality of the players, that’s for sure because we gifted them a first, unfortunately. Reacted to that – by the end of the first half, I thought we were growing into the game.
“We started a bit tentatively, which can happen, particularly away from home. But we grew into the game, got ourselves back in it when we go 2-2.
“It was a crazy game in some ways. Certainly, obviously, don’t want to be conceding that many goals like we have done the last few games. But I was pleased with the mentality to keep going back at them to try and get something from the game.”