West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was ecstatic with his side’s performance after they won 3-1 away to struggling Burnley to claim their third win in four games, Sky
The hosts had the better of the early stages and hit the crossbar through summer signing George Boyd, but they were unable to make the most of their pressure and were punished at the beginning of the second half when Diafra Sakho headed home Aaron Cresswell’s cross to continue his excellent scoring run.
It was 2-0 soon after as Enner Valencia met a Carl Jenkinson centre with a powerful header past Tom Heaton, and although Burnley got a goal back through Boyd following a corner, West Ham clinched the victory when Carlton Cole nodded in from close range.
The result means West Ham are now into the Premier League’s top four, leaving Allardyce delighted with his side. He said: “I think a change of system was the key element for us winning the game, which then brought better outstanding quality from us in wide areas.
“Our two centre-forwards that we bought paid massive dividends with the quality of the headers off brilliant crosses, and that really in the end put Burnley to bed after they had a very lively first half.
“Then Carlton comes on and scores a third when we’ve gifted them a goal to get back into it, which just summed up our performance today. It’s our first back-to-back victories and it’s fantastic that we’re now on 13 points.”
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