Burnley's Daniel Fox celebrates his debut goal with manager Brian Laws
By Les Roopanarine
Burnley picked up their first Premier League win since October to leave West Ham languishing in the relegation zone.
David Nugent paved the way for Burnley's first victory under Brian Laws when he lobbed home a long ball from new signing Daniel Fox.
On a debut to remember, Fox then curled in a superb second-half free-kick.
West Ham struck the woodwork twice after the break, but could conjure nothing more than a late close-range effort from new signing Ilan.
The score-sheet may look modest in comparison with the eight-goal extravaganza that unfolded when the sides met last November, but Burnley's return to winning ways lacked nothing of that match's drama.
Inspired by the cultured left foot of Fox, the Clarets started strongly, took an early lead, and weathered a veritable storm of late West Ham pressure.
And after a hugely encouraging performance, Laws will be especially delighted by his recent signings.
Laws feels Burnley 'deserved' all three points
On this evidence, Burnley have used the January transfer window to telling effect by extending Nugent's loan deal and signing former Celtic defender Fox.
With 14 minutes gone and the Clarets looking to build from deep, Fox spotted Nugent in space and aimed a raking up-field pass towards the striker, who nipped in ahead of Hammers defender Matthew Upson.
In a moment to make England manager Fabio Capello shudder, Upson totally misread the flight of the ball, allowing Nugent to send a superb lobbed finish over Robert Green for his fourth Premier League goal of the season.
It was a goal to suggest that the age of austerity ushered in by West Ham's new ownership, whose cost-cutting measures reportedly include regulating the use of lighting and heating at Upton Park, does not stretch to defensive matters.
The Hammers arrived in Lancashire with a record of three clean sheets from their previous five games, but at times Jack Collison seemed to be on a one-man mission to alter that statistic.
With half-time approaching, Collison appeared to shove Nugent in the back in the centre of the area, sparking a fruitless penalty claim by the Clarets forward.
Then, 10 minutes after the restart, the midfielder needlessly felled Tyrone Mears, who was cutting in from the right, fractionally outside the area.
Collison inexplicably escaped a booking, but Fox made the Hammers midfielder pay from the resulting free-kick by curling the sweetest of left-foot strikes beyond Green.
The form book was being shredded, with West Ham's recent defensive resilience fading into memory even as Burnley performed with a zest and spirit belying the fact that they had previously taken just four of a possible 36 points.
The only constant was provided by the Hammers' continuing travails in front of goal, a problem that first reared its head in earnest when Carlton Cole sustained an injury against the same opposition last November.
In the absence of Cole, who was making his first start since that high-scoring affair at Upton Park, the Hammers had found the net just five times.
Cole feels Hammers should be far higher
Club manager Gianfranco Zola sought to address that problem in the transfer window by acquiring a trio of strikers in Benni McCarthy, Mido and the former Brazil forward Ilan.
All were given a chance to influence the outcome, although Zola may rue his decision to hand McCarthy a starting place.
Anonymous for the opening 25 minutes, the South African must have wished he had remained so when he skewed a shot horribly wide before seeing an effort cleared off the line by the excellent Leon Cort.
It was no surprise when McCarthy gave way to Mido at half-time, and the former Middlesbrough man went on to deliver an eye-catching cameo.
Mido served notice of his intentions by sending a thunderous early second-half shot narrowly wide.
And as the Egyptian continued to impress, it was no surprise when he applied a vital touch in nudging the ball to Ilan as West Ham pulled one back with nine minutes to go.
Cole lifted the ball towards the six-yard box, Mido reached it just ahead of Burnley keeper Brian Jensen, and late substitute Ilan slid in to throw West Ham a lifeline.
Zola blames West Ham start for crucial loss
Burnley subsequently survived an almighty scare, Junior Stanislas - who had earlier shuddered the bar with a stinging free-kick - swinging the ball in from the left for the stretching Mido to fire in an effort that rebounded off Jensen's left-hand upright.
But the Clarets survived to leave West Ham, who had enjoyed a one-point advantage over them at the start of play - and who have not won away from home since the opening day of the season - a point adrift of safety.
Burnley manager Brian Laws:
"It was a huge three points and when you talk about games you have to win this was one of them.
"There was so much pressure, but the players were magnificent.
"David Nugent scored a fantastic goal and it set the tone of the game. It gave us great belief because we haven't been in this position for such a long time.
"Danny Fox had a fantastic debut and you couldn't ask for more. He's a smart acquisition and there's no doubt he'll help give this team a different dimension."
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:
"Today has been a little step back but we will come back stronger, I'm sure of that.
"But we have to be quick because time is running out and the table requires it.
"I'm not worried, I'm just disappointed because we had enough to do better.
"We have to make sure we cut out our mistakes because it has been the story of our season, we've played some good football at times and lost games because of mistakes."
90:00+4:15 . Mido takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.
90:00+3:48 Steven Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
90:00+2:50 . Mido crosses the ball, clearance made by Leon Cort. Jonathan Spector has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes
wide of the right-hand upright.
90:00+1:51 Andre Bikey has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
90:00+1:08 Scott Parker fouled by Tyrone Mears, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
90:00+0:06 Free kick taken by Steven Fletcher.
90:00+0:06 Booking Booking for Scott Parker for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+0:02 Scott Parker challenges Tyrone Mears unfairly and gives away a free kick.
89:35 The ball is crossed by Junior Stanislas, . Mido produces a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box and strikes the
89:02 Steven Fletcher crosses the ball, Steven Thompson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
86:52 Substitution Steven Thompson joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Nugent.
86:52 Shot by Junior Stanislas. Tyrone Mears gets a block in. Corner taken by Junior Stanislas from the left by-line, Araujo Ilan
takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen. Outswinging corner taken by Junior Stanislas, Close range headed effort by Matthew
Upson misses to the right of the goal.
85:06 Substitution Daniel Fox leaves the field to be replaced by David Edgar.
84:49 The ball is delivered by Steven Fletcher.
84:02 Shot by . Mido cleared the net.
83:16 Carlton Cole delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Araujo Ilan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the
82:42 The official flags Martin Paterson offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.
82:01 Foul by David Nugent on Junior Stanislas, free kick awarded. Scott Parker crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left wing, save by Brian Jensen.
81:50 The ball is swung over by Junior Stanislas, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
81:07 Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Nugent. Tyrone Mears takes the free kick.
80:02 GOAL - Araujo Ilan:Burnley 2 - 1 West Ham Araujo Ilan grabs a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Burnley 2-1 West Ham.
79:47 The ball is delivered by Junior Stanislas, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
76:28 Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
76:28 Substitution Mark Noble leaves the field to be replaced by Araujo Ilan.
76:28 Junior Stanislas is caught offside.
75:25 Julien Faubert crosses the ball, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.
74:02 Matthew Upson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.
70:43 Substitution Martin Paterson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Blake.
70:43 Clarke Carlisle concedes a free kick for a foul on Junior Stanislas. Strike on goal comes in from Junior Stanislas from the
69:46 The ball is sent over by Wade Elliott, Header by Steven Fletcher from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the
68:49 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in.
66:00 Julien Faubert produces a cross. The referee blows for offside. Brian Jensen takes the indirect free kick.
65:07 A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.
63:58 . Mido crosses the ball in from the free kick, Daniel Fox manages to make a clearance.
63:58 Booking Daniel Fox goes into the book.
63:40 Daniel Fox challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick.
62:23 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
61:14 James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.
61:14 Substitution Junior Stanislas is brought on as a substitute for Jack Collison.
61:14 The offside flag is raised against Steven Fletcher.
60:01 Unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by James Tomkins results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Daniel Fox, Jonathan Spector
manages to make a clearance.
58:33 Effort on goal by Tyrone Mears from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
56:50 Carlton Cole is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
56:05 Scott Parker takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save. Mark Noble takes the outswinging corner, save made by Brian Jensen.
54:36 GOAL - Daniel Fox:Burnley 2 - 0 West Ham Daniel Fox hits the back of the net with a brilliant goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top left
corner of the goal. Burnley 2-0 West Ham.
53:59 Foul by Jack Collison on Tyrone Mears, free kick awarded.
53:40 The ball is swung over by David Nugent, clearance by James Tomkins.
51:34 Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against . Mido. Indirect free kick
taken by Brian Jensen.
51:34 Booking Kevin McDonald is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
51:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McDonald on Scott Parker.
51:21 Daniel Fox sends in a cross, save by Robert Green.
50:56 Shot by Jack Collison. Blocked by Leon Cort.
47:36 . Mido has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
46:40 Carlton Cole has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
45:58 . Mido delivers the ball, clearance by Tyrone Mears.
45:27 Carlton Cole fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right wing.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:01 Substitution Benedict McCarthy leaves the field to be replaced by . Mido.
45:00+2:08 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+1:24 Scott Parker fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
45:00+0:25 The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox.
44:34 Jonathan Spector challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tyrone Mears restarts play with the free
44:24 The ball is swung over by Carlton Cole, Wade Elliott manages to make a clearance.
44:03 Centre by Robbie Blake, clearance made by Jack Collison.
43:22 Jack Collison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott. Robbie Blake crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from right wing, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
43:01 Tyrone Mears crosses the ball, Jack Collison gets a block in.
42:54 Tyrone Mears crosses the ball, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
42:06 Unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald by Valon Behrami results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.
41:16 Corner taken by Mark Noble.
40:31 The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert, save by Brian Jensen.
38:26 Foul by Carlton Cole on Clarke Carlisle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
37:16 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins. Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Matthew Upson
makes a clearance.
33:47 Centre by Julien Faubert, save by Brian Jensen.
32:53 Benedict McCarthy takes a shot. Leon Cort manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark
Noble, clearance by David Nugent.
32:25 A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert, save by Brian Jensen.
31:12 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Spector, save by Brian Jensen.
30:22 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
29:43 The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott.
29:29 A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox, clearance by Matthew Upson.
29:12 Carlton Cole produces a cross, save made by Brian Jensen.
28:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Bikey on Valon Behrami. Julien Faubert takes the free kick.
26:10 Carlton Cole is caught offside. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
25:42 Jack Collison takes a shot. Clarke Carlisle gets a block in.
24:25 Benedict McCarthy has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
21:40 Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Blake. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
21:04 Wade Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. Mark Noble crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left wing, Wade Elliott makes a clearance.
20:08 Andre Bikey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
19:58 The ball is sent over by Robbie Blake, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
15:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Blake by Valon Behrami. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
13:10 The assist for the goal came from Daniel Fox.
13:10 GOAL - David Nugent:Burnley 1 - 0 West Ham David Nugent gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Burnley
1-0 West Ham.
12:00 Carlton Cole is caught offside. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
11:19 Leon Cort challenges Julien Faubert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
10:30 James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on David Nugent. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Robbie Blake.
9:11 Mark Noble takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
8:36 Valon Behrami fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
8:19 The ball is swung over by Kevin McDonald, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
8:06 Wade Elliott produces a cross, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
7:21 The ball is sent over by Julien Faubert, save by Brian Jensen.
5:16 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
4:12 Corner crossed in by Daniel Fox, Robert Green makes a save.
2:41 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Clarke Carlisle concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Upson. Robert
Green restarts play with the free kick.
1:58 Tyrone Mears crosses the ball, Scott Parker gets a block in.
1:04 Daniel Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Benedict McCarthy. Valon Behrami takes the free kick.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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