David Moyes slams West Ham United pitch invaders in Burnley defeat


"We would like to commend referee Lee Mason and his team of officials for their actions which, combined with the cooperation of players and coaching staff from both clubs, enabled the match to be completed".

Despite a couple of delays, the match was played to a finish and afterwards Hammers manager David Moyes told Sky Sports: "We want the supporters behind us, but you can't cross the line and come onto the pitch". An even uglier loss for West Ham. There is big pressure if you don't perform. "We had played well enough to be in front but the first goal quickly altered things".

The atmosphere in East London turned when the visitors took a 1-0 lead through Ashley Barnes during the second half.

Burnley began to attack with a little more objective.

"It's competitive, teams are doing everything they can to stay up".

He joins Sam Byram who is also out for the rest of the campaign with an ankle issue. "It's tough for them at the moment but they need to stick with the players", he said. Having weathered the first half storm, they punished a downtrodden West Ham to secure a second consecutive victory. We are one of about seven or eight teams, or perhaps even more, with only three to six points between them, which shows how hard the Premier League is.

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The home fans simply could not contain their anger and disdain for their board, and their frustration boiled over, resulting in utter pandemonium as they directed their focus away from the game to swarm the director's box, where co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold Saturday.

Winston Reid returned in central defence at Swansea after a two-month absence but lasted only 27 minutes before going off with a twisted knee. As the man-of-the-match against the Toffees, Lennon has rekindled his form at Burnley and will be a handful again this weekend with pace to burn against the slowing wing-backs. And just try to get as many points as we can by the end of the season.

While the club is adamant that this was purely an administrative error, the Football Association cited 3 separate occurrences of the rules being broken this season which amounts to a sustained failure by the club's hierarchy.

Burnley's second goal, scored by Chris Wood, prompted the most furious reaction, with hundreds of fans charging along the concourse of a stadium they detest to gather under the directors' box and chant "sack the board" and "you destroyed our club".

Having spent most last season using a 4-4-2 formation, Dyche has switched this to a favoured 4-5-1 this season and largely kept with this system against Everton.

The final whistle sparked a chorus of booing from the long-suffering West Ham faithful, although their displeasure was clearly aimed at the board as opposed to their beleaguered players and management.