West Ham have dominated results at the Boleyn Ground and have scored 10 goals in the last two games, writes James Bird.
Last time out
Eddie Howe’s men headed to West Ham for an FA Cup tie in February this year. The game was televised and the cameras saw a second half bloodbath as Burnley were demolished 5-1 by a Hammers side that was struggling in the Barclays Premier League. Burnley had a decent first half, that would have been up there as one of the best 45s of the season. West Ham had gone ahead as Thomas Hitzlsperger beat Lee Grant from distance on his debut, a goal that Grant should have done better with, against the run of play. Come the second half though it was all West Ham as they scored three in 15 minutes to take a commanding lead. Two goals from Carlton Cole and one from Winston Reid has put the Hammers four up before Jay Rodriguez clawed one back for the Clarets after 71 minutes. It wasn’t enough though and the rout was complete when Freddie Sears restored the four-goal cushion with the last kick of the game.
West Ham United 5 – 1 Burnley. 21 February 2011.
One for us
You have to go back a long way to find a Burnley victory at the Boleyn Ground, 38 years to be precise. For obvious reasons, the fact that record is 17 years older than me, I can’t really tell you what happened that day. All I know is that Burnley took the points in a game that was featured on Match of the Day with a Colin Waldron goal. The hosts saw Ted MacDougall dismissed in the game.
West Ham United 0 – 1 Burnley. 06 October 1973.
One for them
The last time West Ham and Burnley met in the capital for a Championship tie, Steve Cotterill’s side were beaten for the first time in the 2004/2005 campaign. It was a tight game decided by a scrappy goal as Adam Nowland’s scuffed effort bounced over the dive of an unlucky Danny Coyne.
West Ham United 1 – 0 Burnley. 28 August 2004.
One to forget
A game where if you were to forget about the first 65 minutes you would come away thinking that the Clarets were sensational. Unfortunately the first 65 minutes did exist and Burnley found themselves five goals down, including a strike from Claret Junior Stanislas, having conceded two penalties as well! Chris Eagles and Steven Fletcher came to life after the Hammers’ fifth and Fletcher bagged two goals and Eagles one as Burnley tried to stage a comeback, however Burnley were left rueing missed opportunities as they missed chances late on before Steven Caldwell was sent off in stoppage time after pulling back another Claret, Zavon Hines.
West Ham United 5 – 3 Burnley. 28 November 2009.
Head-to-head at the Boleyn Ground
West Ham United – 25 wins, 81 goals.
Biggest win – 5-0, 26 August 1968.
Burnley – seven wins, 49 goals.
Biggest win – 5-0, 31 May 1947.
Draws – seven.
- It’s been 38 years since Burnley have won at the Boleyn Ground.
Can Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas make it a winning return to see the Hammers?
Will Eddie’s men make it three from three? Comment on the right.