Football   |   December 14, 2021

The Clarets Hold the Hammers to a Stalemate at Turf Moor

It was a tough match in front of a lively crowd at Turf Moor as both sides struggled to get going last Sunday. Nick Pope stood strong for Burnley as the hosts fought to get a hard-earned point against West Ham United. David Moyes’s side is still in fourth place, but they are only one point ahead of Manchester United. David Moyes’ side will hope that their next game at Emirates against Arsenal can help them pick up three points.

Sean Mark Dyche’s Side to Remain in the Relegation Zone Following a 0-0 Draw Against David Moyes’s  

A goalless draw between Burnley and Westham was enough for both sides to claim a single point each from their Premier League fixtures. The Claret’s are still in the relegation zone following the stalemate at Turf Moor on Sunday as the Hammers enjoy the top 4 spots in the Premier League table. They are currently eighteenth in the Premier League table, two points off seventeenth-placed Watford.

Westham still maintains their position in the Champions League spot, but David Moyes might need some backing in the January transfer window to keep his side top. They won their previous match against Chelsea last week at the London Stadium. Would they manage to maintain their 4th position? Let us find out in their next fixture against the Gunners on Wednesday at Emirates Stadium!

Burnley has been struggling since the start of the 2021-2022 season. Their last win came back in October when they defeated Brentford 3-1. Since then, they have maintained a series of draws against Chelsea 1-1, Crystal Palace 3-3, Wolves 0-0, and today’s match against Westham. They lost to Newcastle United 1-0 on 4th December.

Burnley Vs. West Ham Draw Match Stats and Player Lineup

Westham missed the chance of cementing their fourth position at the top of the Premier League after drawing with Burnley at Turf Moor because they lacked quality in the offensive areas. The hammers had good opportunities, but Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was outstanding as he came out with smart saves from Issa Diop, Jarrod Bowen, and Said Benrahma, impressing the England manager Gareth Southgate. 

At the end of the first half, David Moyes’s side was infuriated following an apparent foul committed by Dwight McNeil on Craig Dawson’s boot in the penalty area when he tried to clear. It was a controversial episode given the number of penalty controversies this weekend in the English Premier League.

It was absurd as Jonathan Moss, who awarded Manchester City a dubious spot-kick for handball on Saturday, was the video assistant referee. Most criticized him despite Graham Scott, the referee, not awarding a penalty and VAR not reversing the decision. It came as a surprise to David Moyes, the manager of West Ham United, as his side was not awarded a penalty. 

However, the game’s first serious chance came after a 26-minute wait when Bowen’s free-kick reached Diop producing a wonderful reflex header eventually saved by Nick Pope. Sean Dyche placed a vintage line-up following the Claret’s exciting summer signing, Maxwell Cornet, who was out with a thigh injury. 

Also, Defender Connor Roberts got a serious infection (a non-Covid illness) that required treatment. However, Sean Dyche received a text message confirming that he was recovering.

Despite their ineffectiveness upfront, some of the blocks came from old school Clarets, including Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, and James Tarkowski. The man of the match came from the Clarets, goalkeeper Nick Pope who made a series of saves.

Sean Dyche’s side did not threaten but came close to scoring when Jay Rodriguez failed to convert a cross from Charlie Taylor as the game entered stoppage time. Let us have a look at some of the players’ ratings below:

Burnley (The Hosts)

The Clarets, Lineup (4-4-2): Nick Pope 9, Matthew Lowton 7, James Tarkowski 7, Ben Mee 7, Charlie Taylor 7, Ashley Westwood 7, Johann Berg Gudmundsson 6, Jark Cork 6, Dwight McNeil 6, Chris Wood 5, and Jay Rodriguez 5

Burnley Substitutes: Josh Brownhill (7), Matej Vydra (6), Aaron Lennon (6)

With Yellow Cards: Charlie Taylor 33, Ben Mee 45+3

Westham (The Visitors)

The Hammers, Lineup (4-2-3-1): Declan Rice 8, Arthur Masuaku 8, Lukasz Fabianski 7, Vladimir Coufal 7, Issa Diop 7, Craig Dawson 6, Tomas Soucek 6, Jarrod Bowen 6, Manuel Lanzini 6, Michail Antonio 5, and Said Benrahma 4.

West Ham Substitutes: Nikola Vlasic (6), Pablo Fornals (6)

With Yellow Cards: Craig Dawson 90+2