Preview: Preston North End vs Burnley

Eddie Howe takes his Burnley side into his first experience of a Lancashire derby on the back of a 5-1 hammering in the FA Cup at the hands of West Ham United. Continue reading “Preview: Preston North End vs Burnley”

Report: West Ham 5-1 Burnley

Burnley crumbled to defeat in the FA Cup after some poor defending helped West Ham book a place in the quarter-final with ease.

The two side were well matched in the opening 45 minutes, with Thomas Hitzlsperger’s drive the only goal, but kamikaze play at the back let in Carlton Cole twice, before Winston Reid headed a fourth. Jay Rodriguez got one back for Burnley but Freddie Sears added another in injury time.

It was a steep learning curve for Clarets boss Eddie Howe, whose tactics were cruelly exposed by the Hammers, who had far too much pace on the attack. Burnley’s high defensive line was caught out time and time again, although Lee Grant will perhaps feel he could have done better for three of the five goals.

Burnley were by far the brighter side in the early stages. Rodriguez bullied Reid out of a bouncing ball, but Rob Green did well to turn his effort over the bar. Chris Eagles quickly tested Green, who also needed to be alert to palm away Ross Wallace’s drive to safety.

But the Clarets did not take advantage of their early dominance and when Hitzlsperger shrugged off Jack Cork, his drive from 20 yards swerved in viciously, leaving Grant grasping at thin air.

The £1 million goalie was unsighted by Michael Duff, but will perhaps blame himself when he sees the replay.

Burnley held on to the break despite West Ham having their tails up, but they could not live with the Premier League hosts in the early moments in the second half. Carlton Cole was a yard offside from a ball over the top and despite a terrible touch, managed to finish it off from a prone position on the ground after Grant had blocked the initial shot but not collected the ball.

Moments later it was three and game over. Cole went down the left channel this time and had all the time in the world to pick his spot in the top corner. The Hammers were flying at this point and on the hour Reid glanced in a corner with Grant nowhere to put a flattering sheen on the scoreline.

Jay Rodriguez bent a shot over from 20 yards but got the goal his performance deserved with the strangest moment of the evening. Under pressure from Tyrone Mears, Wayne Bridge bafflingly kept the ball in and put Green in trouble. The former England number one hit his clearance at Mears and it deflected right to Rodriguez to head into the open goal.

Howe threw on Chris Iwelumo and Steven Thompson in an attempt to get back in the game but by the time Iwelumo forced Reid into a clearance on to the bar, it was injury time and Freddie Sears finished smartly on the break to make it 5-1.

The Hammers then closed it out and will now play Stoke City in the Britannia Stadium for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Previous encounters: West Ham United

With a trip to Stoke City awaiting the winner, Burnley travel to West Ham United tomorrow’s FA Cup fifth round tie. Samuel Marsden has a look at past meetings between the two sides…

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