When a relegation-threatening West Ham was left to rue a host of missed chances, Jay Rodriguez’s winner edged Burnley closer to a Europa League spot.

The forward met a whipped pass from Charlie Taylor looping over Lukasz Fabianski with a flicked header and crashing off the crossbar. It came after a series of fine saves by Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Michail Antonio also struck a post and then Pope made the initiative of replacement Sebastien Haller wide with his studs. At West Ham’s record signing, it was a glorious chance with his first touch of the game, which came off the bench after returning from a hip injury.

Chris Wood felt he added a second to the visitors with 14 minutes to go when he tapped in Phil Bardsley’s low cross but was ruled offside.

The victory takes Sean Dyche ‘s side within one point to eighth-placed Arsenal, while the Hammers remain four points above the relegation zone.


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