Danny Returns To Haunt His Former Club, Burnley After Late Goal

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Danny Ings scored a late goal to secure a point for West Ham at home against Burnley as the visitors missed the opportunity to secure their first victory of 2024 after squandering a 2-0 lead.

Despite West Ham hosting bottom-of-the-table Burnley, the league table didn’t predict the outcome accurately. Burnley surprised everyone by starting strongly at the London Stadium. They took the lead within 15 minutes with a stunning long-range strike from David Datro Fofana.

This early goal should have been a wake-up call for West Ham, but they appeared unusually sluggish in the first half, possibly experiencing a hangover from their midweek Europa League defeat against Freiburg.

West Ham struggled to create any significant chances until the half-hour mark, with Konstantinos Mavropanos producing a wayward shot that reflected their lackluster first-half performance.

The situation worsened for the hosts just before halftime in a comedic turn of events, as a delivery from former West Ham academy player Josh Cullen resulted in an own goal by Mavropanos.

Despite the negative atmosphere at halftime, the mood quickly shifted 30 seconds into the second half when Lucas Paquetá capitalized on poor Burnley defending to score and equalize, prompting cheers from the home crowd.

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Following the equalizer, West Ham gained momentum and created several scoring opportunities. Lucas Paquetá narrowly missed curling a shot wide, and Mohammed Kudus later blazed over from close range.

The pressure continued to mount on the Burnley defense, with West Ham coming close to scoring when Vladimír Coufal’s cross deflected off the crossbar.

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Given Burnley’s previous experience in a similar situation in the reverse fixture, where they held a single-goal lead late in the game only to lose, the final minutes of this match were expected to be tense for both teams.

West Ham believed they had scored the crucial goal five minutes from time when a former Burnley player converted what seemed like the equalizer.

However, VAR determined that Michail Antonio was offside in the build-up, and the goal was disallowed. Nevertheless, Antonio ultimately had the last laugh as he turned inside the area and scored a late equalizer to disappoint Burnley fans.

Despite salvaging a point, West Ham, considering the victories of other European contenders this weekend, will likely view it as a significant missed opportunity.

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