Ugly win for Man United, uglier loss for West Ham in EPL

Mar 11, 2018, 00:54
Ugly win for Man United, uglier loss for West Ham in EPL

Burnley did not play that badly during their three-month winless run, as they drew more games (six) than they lost (five) and three of the defeats were against Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.

"I can honestly say I never saw any police".

Referee Lee Mason even consulted Hammers boss David Moyes and Burnley manager Sean Dyche over abandoning the game as the away team allowed kids in their dugout to escape the fighting.

The Football Association has "strongly condemned" the crowd disturbances, with West Ham launching a "full and thorough investigation" into the incidents.

While the Clarets have had a year to forget so far, they picked up their first win of 2018 last weekend, coming from behind to clinch victory for the first time this season.

Burnley displayed a ruthless streak as the situation deteriorated around them and Dyche was impressed by his team's composure in utterly surreal circumstances.

A positive is that Moyes's side have scored in seven of those eight home games, the exception being a goalless draw against Arsenal, although the high draw rate stems largely from their lack of a clean sheet between that match on December 13 and the 2-0 win over Watford in their most recent home match. I wouldn't use that as an excuse for me after it, but I certainly don't think it helped.

The opening goal sparked chaotic scenes as a handful of disgruntled West Ham supporters invaded the former Olympic Stadium pitch.

"I think there was a couple of games where I wasn't quite so happy that we didn't do as well as we should have".

"We want the supporters behind us but you can't cross the line and come on to the pitch", Moyes told Sky Sports. We've got to find winning ways, we need to do it quickly.

"You could argue that we had coped with just about everything up until the time. There are definitely similarities (between Iceland and Burnley) - how we play, the mentality of the squad, and we are both doing very well".

"So, we'll get back at it and do the job".

"If I thought there were no mistakes or no problems I wouldn't have made any changes". "But I do believe we are good enough to stay up".

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