BURNLEY, England (AP) – Michail Antonio returned from injury to revive West Ham’s push for European qualification with both of the team’s goals in a 2-1 win at Burnley in the English Premier League on Monday.
Playing his first game in a month after a hamstring problem, Antonio scored in the 21st and 29th minutes as West Ham hit back following Chris Wood’s 19th-minute penalty for Burnley.
West Ham’s 17th league win of the season – a club record in the Premier League era – moved David Moyes’ team to within three points of the top four as it recovered from back-to-back losses against Newcastle and Chelsea.
West Ham’s players made the trip north having lost four of their last eight in the league – as many as they had lost in the previous 23 – and at risk of seeing a promising season unravel.
And they fell behind when Burnley was awarded only its third penalty of the season.
Ashley Westwood’s floated pass forward to Wood flummoxed Issa Diop, who allowed the New Zealand striker to recover the ball on the byline and try to turn back toward goal. He was upended by Tomas Soucek as he did so.
And it was Wood, fresh from his hat trick in the 4-0 win at Wolverhampton last week, who stepped up to fire home his 11th goal of the season, though the advantage would prove short-lived. After Dwight McNeil lost possession to Pablo Fornals close to his own area, Jesse Lingard laid the ball off for Vladimir Coufal to cross, and Antonio got between Matt Lowton and James Tarkowski to head home from close range.
The turnaround was complete before the half-hour mark. Antonio was the only West Ham player in a penalty area crowded by Burnley defenders, but was somehow allowed to ghost through and flick Said Benrahma’s teasing cross beyond Nick Pope. West Ham looked in the mood and almost got a third on the break, with Benrahma cutting in from the left and looking to bend a shot across the face of goal, only to see it bounce the wrong side of a post. But, as the Hammers poured forward, they were nearly undone as Diop failed to deal with another high ball, allowing Matej Vydra to get on the end of Lowton’s pass.