• Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 21,001


Nugent (14)

Fox (55)

2 - 1

Burnley vs West Ham United

Team Lineups


Brian Jensen
Clarke Carlisle
Tyrone Mears
Leon Cort
Andre Bikey
Danny Fox (David Edgar, 86)
Kevin McDonald
Wade Elliott
Steven Fletcher
Robbie Blake (Martin Paterson, 73)
David Nugent (Steven Thompson, 88)

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector
James Tomkins
Scott Parker
Mark Noble (Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan, 77)
Julien Faubert
Valon Behrami
Jack Collison (Junior Stanislas, 62)
Carlton Cole
Benni McCarthy (Ahmed Hossam Mido, 46)

Match Report
Burnley manager Brian Laws tasted victory for the first time since his appointment but it was a close run thing as West Ham will feel that their efforts deserved at least a point, instead of a 2-1 defeat. Burnley started brightly and were rewarded for their early endeavours when a long ball from debutant Danny Fox found its way through to striker David Nugent, who calmly lobbed Robert Green. West Ham strikers Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy linked up well but the shots from debutant striker McCarthy were wide of the target. McCarthy did however go desperately close to an equaliser when he was played in by Scott Parker and was unfortunate to see his shot cleared off the line by Leon Cort. McCarthy failed to re-appear after the interval and was replaced by fellow debutant Mido, but it was the Clarets who extended their lead in spectacular fashion as left-back Fox struck a free-kick into the top corner, after Tyrone Mears had been brought down on the edge of the box by Jack Collison. The Hammers almost pulled a goal back immediately as Parker's shot was somehow pushed behind for a corner by home goalkeeper Brian Jensen. United striker Cole did have the goal in the back of the Burnley net, but it was rightly disallowed for off side. Hammers substitute Junior Stanislas curled a free-kick from wide on the left on to the top of the Burnley crossbar and it came as no surprise when, with nine minutes remaining, West Ham pulled a goal back through Brazilian debutant Ilan. That goal only served to add more tension to this six-point encounter and Gianfranco Zola's side almost grabbed a share of the spoils when Mido struck the post. The win was Burnley's first in 13 Premier League games and has seen the Clarets leapfrog the Hammers in the table.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: Burnley 2 - 1 West Ham. The Clarets have their first win under Brian Laws and did well to weather a lengthy West Ham storm. They have picked up three massive points that will lift them out of the bottom three.


Mido's flick on almost finds Ilan but he cannot get his toe onto the ball which is smothered by Jensen.


The ball falls to Spector on the edge of the box and his low drive whistles past Jensen's post.


A chance for Bikey but he cannot beat Green with a decent effort.


There are five minutes extra time to be played at Turf Moor.

Yellow Card

Parker picks up a late booking for West Ham.


Cole's cross finds Mido six-yards out an he comes agonisingly close as his volley comes back off the post.


Thompson gets his head onto a Fletcher cross and steers it over the bar.


Steven Thompson comes on for David Nugent.


Stanislas' corner finds Ilan at the far post and his header is superbly palmed away by Jensen - a close shave for the hosts.


Stanislas has made a big impression on this game and his blistering strike from 25-yards deflects wide of the mark.


David Edgar takes the field in place of Danny Fox.


Burnley almost grab a goal from nothing as Nugent is inches away from steering home a Fletcher cross.


Mido takes a shot on from distance and fails to trouble Jensen, sending his effort high and wide of the target.


Cole's deflected strike drops to Ilan at the far post but he cannot connect with the loose ball.


There is a glimmer of hope for West Ham now and they are launching the ball forward to their big strikers at every opportunity.


BURNLEY 2 - 1 WEST HAM: ILAN puts the visitors back in the game with his first touch of the ball, stabbing it home from close range.


West Ham are enjoying plenty of possession and have players queuing up to shoot but cannot find a gap in the Burnley defence.


Zola throws caution to the wind and hands another debut to forward Araujo Ilan who replaces Mark Noble.


The hosts look set to strap up at the back and defend their lead now as we approach the final quarter of an hour.


Brian Laws makes his first change as Robbie Blake makes way for Martin Paterson.


Stanislas lines up a free-kick and almost mimics Fox's earlier effort but sees his strike bounce back off the crossbar.


Elliott picks out Fletcher inside the box and his glancing header whistles past the post.


These are encouraging signs from the visitors but the fortune is not on their side.


Cole bundles the ball into the back of the net but it is ruled out by a debatable offside decision.

Yellow Card

Howard Webb shows Fox the yellow card.


One goal will put West Ham back in this game but they do not look threatening enough in the final third at the moment.


Cole shoots on the turn but his effort deflects off a defender and is a comfortable take for Jensen.


Another West Ham change as Junior Stanislas comes on for Jack Collison.


Burnley don't look like taking their foot off the gas yet and go in search of another but Blake cannot create anything with room on the edge of the box.


Mears finds room for a shot inside the box but blazes his effort over the bar.


Parker forces a fine save out of Jensen with a fantastic low drive. It does not look like West Ham's day today.


BURNLEY 2 - 0 WEST HAM: FOX swings a free-kick from the right side of the box into the top left corner with Green helpless.


Noble swings a free-kick into the mixer and Cole's flick-on bounces behind for a goal-kick.

Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald picks up the first booking of the game.


Burnley get a break and Fox lofts a cross into the box that is plucked out of the air by Green.


There is a new sense of urgency about West Ham and Mido has certainly made an impact.


A good opportunity for Mido following god work from Cole but the forward's effort flies wide of Jensen's post.


Mido makes is West Ham debut as he replaces McCarthy.

Second half

The sides re-emerge and there will be no Benni McCarthy for West Ham in the second-half.

Half time

Half Time: Burnley 1 - 0 West Ham. It looked like it would be a rollover for the hosts in the early stages but West Ham have had a slight revival, though perhaps could have done more in front of goal.


The visitors move forward on the counter but Faubert cannot find McCarthy in the box.


Mears and Elliott have given Spector a run for his money down the right flank and this is the focus of Burnley's attention.


The first-half is fizzling out now and Burnley look set to take a deserved lead in at the break, though the visitors have asked a few questions following the goal.


McCarthy re-takes the field gingerly and looks as though he will continue, at least until half-time.


Elliott hits a first time effort from 25-yards and Green scrambles across his goal-line to turn the ball around the post.


It does not look good for McCarthy and Zola will be cursing his luck on the touchline.


McCarthy was almost celebrating there but has a problem now as he seems to have picked up a knock following a challenge from Carlisle.


McCarthy is inches away from a debut goal as he rounds the keeper and sees his side-footed effort superbly cleared off the line by Leon Cort.


A great burst of pace from Cole down the right flank and he forces a save out of Jensen with an 18-yard strike.


Wade Elliott looks for Steven Fletcher at the far post but the forward cannot keep the ball in play.


Cole gets himself into a decent position but his low cross runs straight through to Jensen.


Jack Collison cuts inside from the left flank and Carlisle does well to charge his shot down.


West Ham have lifted their game now and this time McCarthy, from the same position, fails to find a team-mate with a low cross.


Benni McCarthy finds room for a shot inside the box and with the outside of his boot lifts the ball wide of the post.


Noble lofts the ball over the Burnley defence looking for Cole who has made a good run but is ruled offside.


Burnley are looking to feed Nugent on every occasion and the forward is causing havoc amongst the visitors' backline.


Carlton Cole tries to put some urgency back into West Ham and drives the ball forward before being cut short by Clarke Carlisle.


West Ham are all over the place at the moment and cannot keep hold of the ball as Mears looks to get a cross in from the byline.


BURNLEY 1 - 0 WEST HAM: Matthew Upson is caught off guard and DAVID NUGENT steers the ball past a stranded Rob Green.


The first ten minutes have been Burnley's and the visitors have offered very little in terms of attacking possession.


Mark Noble gets a sight of goal and lets fly but it is easy pickings for Jensen.


West Ham move forward with purpose and Julien Faubert searches out a forward in the box but Brian Jensen smothers the loose ball.


The home side have made the more promising start and Tyrone Mears is receiving plenty of joy against his former club down the right flank.


Danny Fox makes an early impression with a decent delivery from a corner before Howard Webb spots an infringement in the box and awards West Ham a free-kick.


There is a nervousness about this bottom-of-the-table clash in the opening stages but Burnley win an early corner.


Referee Howard Webb gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Gianfranco Zola gives a debut to Benni McCarthy today while fellow new-boys Mido and Araujo Ilan are left on the bench. Carlton Cole and Scott Parker are also recalled to the starting eleven but there is no place for Alessandro Diamanti.

Awaiting Kickoff

Danny Fox makes his first appearance for Burnley following his move from Celtic while David Nugent is also handed a start after rejoining from Portsmouth.