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West Ham   5 - 1   Burnley

Thomas Hitzlsperger
Hitzlsperger scores a stunning goal on his West Ham debut

By Michael Da Silva

West Ham strolled into an FA Cup sixth-round tie at Stoke with a comprehensive win over Championship outfit Burnley.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, making his long-awaited Hammers debut, opened the scoring with a trademark thunderbolt.

Carlton Cole looked to be offside and to have handled the ball when he slotted home before his classy lob over Clarets keeper Lee Grant made it 3-0.

In between Winston Reid's header and Freddie Sears' fine high finish, Jay Rodriguez was gifted a consolation.

While Burnley had chances to exploit the home side's shaky defence, the cups continue to liberate the east Londoners, who have recorded three more wins in knockout competitions than in the Premier League this season.

But, despite the crushing scoreline, it was the visitors who made the more promising start and Rodriguez should have punished the hesitant Reid after only 13 minutes but the Clarets striker spurned the opportunity with a tame shot.

Moments later West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green spared his side's blushes when he parried Ross Wallace's fizzing shot from the edge of the penalty area, before making a brilliant reaction save as Rodriguez tried to steer in the rebound from close-range.

After failing to take their opportunities, Burnley were on the back foot as the Hammers finally found some rhythm.

The midfield trio of Scott Parker, Mark Noble and Hitzlsperger, who was making his first competitive start since being sidelined with a thigh injury in pre-season training, worked well as the visitors struggled to impose themselves.

The hosts' superiority was rewarded in the 23rd minute in stunning fashion. Cutting in from the right, Hitzlsperger exploited a gap in front of the Burnley defence before unleashing a venomous dipping drive with his left foot from all of 25 yards.

While Hitzlsperger's strike was a flash of brilliance, the kind of moment all too rare in West Ham's season, the Clarets paid the price for affording the German the time to align his shot - with Grant failing to at least get his fingertips to the ball.

With the Upton Park faithful finding its voice after the deadlock was broken, the visitors came under increasing pressure but managed to hold firm and even forced Green into action when Chris Eagles had a low shot after a neat flick from Rodriguez.

Tyrone Mears almost found a way behind the Hammers defence, outpacing Wayne Bridge down the flank to collect Wallace's threaded pass, only for James Tomkins to thwart the attack with a timely interception of the cut-back to Rodriguez.

Burnley proved themselves capable of playing attractive football throughout the contest, but it was West Ham who were the more efficient in possession, and it was a neat build-up that led to Cole's controversial strike which doubled the home side's lead barely three minutes after the restart.

Carlton Cole
Cole and Noble linked brilliantly for West Ham

Cole, picked out by an exquisite pass from the outside of Mark Noble's right boot, mis-controlled the ball with his second touch but as Grant had appeared to have smothered the shot, the England striker's persistence paid off as he picked himself up to scramble the ball home from close-range.

However, on closer-inspection, the ball clearly struck the forward's arm as he adjusted his body to shoot. The visitors were enraged that the goal was allowed to stand, especially given that Cole also appeared to be offside as Noble played him in.

With Burnley still rocking, Cole doubled his personal tally a minute later, but there was no doubt about this one.

Picking up another defence-splitting pass from Noble, the Hammers striker this time took an excellent touch after exploiting the Burnley offside trap, before stroking the ball over Grant and into the roof of the net.

As the Clarets went into damage-limitation mode, Reid made it 4-0 with a glancing header at the near post, having found space at Hitzlsperger's corner to score his first goal for the men from Upton Park.

The lively Rodriguez missed the opportunity to restore some pride for the visitors, blazing over from 20 yards, but he was rewarded for a decent personal display moments later.

Rather than clearing his lines, Wayne Bridge's ill-advised back pass to Green gave the England goalkeeper very little time to clear.

As a result Green's clearance ricocheted off the back of the charging Mears and the ball popped up for Rodriguez to nod into an empty net.

Burnley deserved something from the game, but West Ham manager Avram Grant will be disappointed that his side surrendered their clean sheet in such farcical circumstances.

Freddie Sears then wrapped up the win in injury time, slotting home from 15 yards after the ball broke to him following Burnley's failure to clear.

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Monday, 21 February 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 5-1 Burnley FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Hitzlsperger 23
  • Cole 48
  • Cole 50
  • Reid 59
  • Sears 90+3
  • Rodriguez 71

West Ham

Substitutes

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 03 Fox
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Carlisle
  • 14 Mears
  • 06 Cork
  • 08 Marney (Alexander 72)
  • 11 Elliott yellow card
  • 22 Wallace (Iwelumo 73)
  • 33 Eagles (Thompson 84)
  • 19 Rodriguez yellow card

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen,
  • 02 Alexander,
  • 15 Edgar,
  • 21 Bikey,
  • 24 Easton,
  • 09 Iwelumo,
  • 30 Thompson
Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 24,488
WEST HAM
BURNLEY

Possession

  • West Ham 59%
  • Burnley 41%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 9
  • Burnley 6

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 3
  • Burnley 5

Corners

  • West Ham 6
  • Burnley 4

Fouls

  • West Ham 9
  • Burnley 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:08 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:12 Assist (pass) by Jonathan Spector (West Ham) from left channel.
  • 90:00+2:12 GOAL - Freddie SearsWest Ham 5 - 1 Burnley Goal by Freddie Sears (West Ham) right-footed (high centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).West Ham 5-1 Burnley.
  • 90:00+1:41 Cross by Tyrone Mears (Burnley), header by Chris Iwelumo (Burnley) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), clearance by Winston Reid (West Ham).
  • 89:50 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 88:30 Foul by Jonathan Spector (West Ham) on Graham Alexander (Burnley). Free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Fox (Burnley) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 88:08 Defending throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 87:12 Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham) on Jay Rodriguez (Burnley). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Alexander (Burnley) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 86:30 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 86:01 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 84:58 Shot by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 83:41 Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) on Pablo Barrera (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 83:41 Substitution Burnley substitution: Chris Eagles replaced by Steven Thompson (tactical).
  • 81:50 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 81:19 Substitution West Ham substitution: Demba Ba replaced by Frederic Piquionne (tactical).
  • 80:19 Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 79:32 Shot by Demba Ba (West Ham) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped over) by Lee Grant (Burnley). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to near post, clearance by Jack Cork (Burnley).
  • 78:45 Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley) on Jonathan Spector (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from left channel, passed.
  • 78:13 Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 77:24 Defending throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 75:19 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 73:56 Foul by Wade Elliott (Burnley) on Mark Noble (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from left wing, passed.
  • 73:56 Booking Wade Elliott (Burnley) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 72:39 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 72:39 Substitution West Ham substitution: Carlton Cole replaced by Jonathan Spector (tactical).
  • 72:12 Substitution Burnley substitution: Ross Wallace replaced by Chris Iwelumo (tactical).
  • 71:54 Substitution Burnley substitution: Dean Marney replaced by Graham Alexander (tactical).
  • 70:08 Assist (header) by Tyrone Mears (Burnley) from right side of six-yard box.
  • 70:08 GOAL - Jay RodriguezWest Ham 4 - 1 Burnley Headed goal by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) (bottom-left of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).West Ham 4-1 Burnley.
  • 69:15 Shot by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) curled right-footed from left channel (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 69:05 Attacking throw-in by Chris Eagles (Burnley).
  • 68:22 Defending throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 66:13 Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) on Lars Jacobsen (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 66:13 Substitution West Ham substitution: Thomas Hitzlsperger replaced by Pablo Barrera (tactical).
  • 66:00 Booking Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:32 Foul by Ross Wallace (Burnley) on Wayne Bridge (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Parker (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 62:56 Attacking throw-in by Chris Eagles (Burnley).
  • 61:57 Foul by Demba Ba (West Ham) on Lee Grant (Burnley). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Grant (Burnley) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 60:56 Shot by Scott Parker (West Ham) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 60:11 Shot by Demba Ba (West Ham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Lee Grant (Burnley). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 59:34 Attacking throw-in by Chris Eagles (Burnley).
  • 58:21 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) to centre, assist (cross) by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) from right by-line.
  • 58:21 GOAL - Winston ReidWest Ham 4 - 0 Burnley Headed goal by Winston Reid (West Ham) (high centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).West Ham 4-0 Burnley.
  • 57:12 Attacking throw-in by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 55:57 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 55:22 Shot by Freddie Sears (West Ham) curled left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 54:55 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 54:18 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 53:42 Shot by Chris Eagles (Burnley) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 52:25 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 52:15 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 52:03 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 51:20 Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley) on Demba Ba (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from left channel, passed.
  • 50:30 Shot by Chris Eagles (Burnley) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 49:35 Assist (pass) by Mark Noble (West Ham) from own half.
  • 49:35 GOAL - Carlton ColeWest Ham 3 - 0 Burnley Goal by Carlton Cole (West Ham) right-footed (top-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).West Ham 3-0 Burnley.
  • 48:58 Foul by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) on Chris Eagles (Burnley). Free kick taken left-footed by Dean Marney (Burnley) from right channel, passed.
  • 47:46 Assist (pass) by Mark Noble (West Ham) from left channel.
  • 47:46 GOAL - Carlton ColeWest Ham 2 - 0 Burnley Goal by Carlton Cole (West Ham) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).West Ham 2-0 Burnley.
  • 46:59 Chris Eagles (Burnley) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Winston Reid (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:45 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 44:46 Shot by Freddie Sears (West Ham) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 43:57 Defending throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 41:58 Defending throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 41:20 Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham) on Clarke Carlisle (Burnley). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Grant (Burnley) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 40:34 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Clarke Carlisle (Burnley).
  • 40:03 Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 39:24 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 38:40 Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham) on Ross Wallace (Burnley). Free kick taken right-footed by Tyrone Mears (Burnley) from right wing, passed.
  • 37:49 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ross Wallace (Burnley) to centre, clearance by Carlton Cole (West Ham).
  • 35:06 Defending throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 34:49 Defending throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 34:13 Defending throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 33:30 Shot by Chris Eagles (Burnley) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 33:09 Attacking throw-in by Wade Elliott (Burnley).
  • 32:37 Foul by Daniel Fox (Burnley) on Freddie Sears (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 31:42 Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 31:24 Tyrone Mears (Burnley) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 30:35 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 29:59 Attacking throw-in by Wade Elliott (Burnley).
  • 29:28 Carlton Cole (West Ham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Grant (Burnley) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 28:15 Goal kick taken long by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 27:08 Mark Noble (West Ham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Grant (Burnley) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 25:59 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 24:33 Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 22:46 Assist (pass) by Scott Parker (West Ham) from right channel.
  • 22:46 GOAL - Thomas HitzlspergerWest Ham 1 - 0 Burnley Goal by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) left-footed (top-left of goal) from right channel (30 yards).West Ham 1-0 Burnley.
  • 20:28 Foul by Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham) on Chris Eagles (Burnley). Free kick taken left-footed by Daniel Fox (Burnley) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 20:09 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 18:55 Goal kick taken short by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 17:40 Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham) on Jay Rodriguez (Burnley). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Marney (Burnley) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 16:45 Tyrone Mears (Burnley) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 14:33 Shot by Ross Wallace (Burnley) drilled left-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Robert Green (West Ham). Header by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Robert Green (West Ham). Wade Elliott (Burnley) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 13:14 Shot by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (tipped over) by Robert Green (West Ham). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ross Wallace (Burnley) to far post, foul by Michael Duff (Burnley) on Lars Jacobsen (West Ham). Free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 12:07 Shot by Scott Parker (West Ham) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 11:17 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ross Wallace (Burnley) to centre, clearance by James Tomkins (West Ham).
  • 10:10 Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham) on Jay Rodriguez (Burnley). Free kick taken right-footed by Clarke Carlisle (Burnley) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 9:18 Attacking throw-in by Chris Eagles (Burnley).
  • 8:44 Defending throw-in by Daniel Fox (Burnley).
  • 8:16 Attacking throw-in by Lars Jacobsen (West Ham).
  • 7:14 Attacking throw-in by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 6:51 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Clarke Carlisle (Burnley).
  • 6:15 Shot by Chris Eagles (Burnley) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 4:58 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 4:45 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 4:23 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 3:48 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ross Wallace (Burnley) to centre, clearance by James Tomkins (West Ham).
  • 3:30 Attacking throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 2:47 Goal kick taken long by Lee Grant (Burnley).
  • 2:05 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 1:47 Attacking throw-in by Wayne Bridge (West Ham).
  • 0:47 Shot by Wade Elliott (Burnley) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 0:17 Defending throw-in by Tyrone Mears (Burnley).
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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