Only Paolo di Canio (47) and Mark Noble (46) have scored more Premier League goals for West Ham than Michail Antonio (45)

Michail Antonio scored twice as West Ham came from behind to defeat Burnley and maintain their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Burnley striker Chris Wood won and converted a penalty in the first half, before Antonio headed in Vladimir Coufal’s teasing cross to equalise.

Returning after four weeks out with a hamstring injury, Antonio poked in Said Benrahma’s curling delivery for his second eight minutes later.

West Ham created numerous chances to extend their lead but Burnley could have made it 2-2 when Jay Rodriguez lashed a shot wide from close range.

It was a pleasing performance from the Hammers, who move up to fifth place in the table, just three points behind Chelsea in fourth.

Burnley remain nine points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.

Benrahma impresses as Antonio haunts Burnley

Michail Antonio celebrates with Said Benrahma
Michail Antonio also scored against Burnley in West Ham’s 1-0 win on 16 January

The game was finely balanced in the opening stages but Wood’s spot-kick seemed to spark West Ham’s creativity.

Their response to going behind was excellent – Antonio’s equaliser came just 154 seconds later, capitalising on a wicked cross from Coufal.

The full-back continued to put in dangerous crosses, while Benrahma caused Matt Lowton nightmares on the far side.

Benrahma’s superb cross for Antonio’s second capped off an impressive individual display. He could have scored himself but he unselfishly opted to play in Jesse Lingard in the first half and put too much weight on the through ball.

Manuel Lanzini shone in midfield in the absence of Declan Rice and Mark Noble, while Antonio ultimately dealt the crucial blows.

The striker should have had a hat-trick too – in the second half, he hit Pablo Fornals’ scuffed shot against his standing leg when it fell fortunately for him at the back post just a yard from the line.

Victory ensures West Ham keep pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea as they battle for a Champions League qualification spot.

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Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  8. Squad number4Player nameCork

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  10. Squad number27Player nameVydra

  11. Squad number9Player nameWood

  1. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

  2. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  3. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  4. Squad number23Player nameDiop

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  8. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  9. Squad number11Player nameLingard

  10. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

  11. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  1. Squad number20Player nameBowen

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 85mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeilSubstituted forGudmundssonat 75′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 27VydraSubstituted forRodriguezat 61′minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forBarnesat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 10Barnes
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 34Dunne

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15DawsonBooked at 86mins
  • 23Diop
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 10Lanzini
  • 18Fornals
  • 11Lingard
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forBowenat 78′minutes
  • 30Antonio

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 14Alves
  • 20Bowen
  • 24Fredericks
  • 31Johnson
  • 34Trott
  • 35Randolph
  • 45Odubeko
  • 54Coventry

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