Centre-back Ben Mee admits Burnley struggled to contain West Ham United trio Jesse Lingard, Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma during yesterday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Turf Moor, speaking to Lancs Live.
If you thought West Ham were going to run out of steam in the Champions League race, you thought wrong.
After successive defeats David Moyes’ stubborn side bounced back in Lancashire, securing a win that keeps them within touching distance of fourth-place Chelsea.
A brace from the returning Antonio meant Chris Wood’s spot-kick opener counted for nothing, while Pablo Fornals and the sparkling Benrahma produced perhaps their finest performances in West Ham colours.
Lingard, meanwhile, was full of energy and endeavour once more, even if he lacked the end product of recent matchdays.
“We just didn’t quite do enough. We were huffing and puffing a bit and it didn’t drop for us. Their front three caused us problems,” Mee said at full-time.
“West Ham are fighting for the Champions League and that was the performance of a team pushing for the top four,” adds goalkeeper Nick Pope.
“They are a good team. They have come back after narrowly avoiding the drop last year and they look a new team.
“You can tell by the points they’ve got on the board at this stage.”
West Ham have thrown away countless points in recent weeks, conceding late goals against Arsenal and Newcastle United. And, despite dominating the game and mustering 22 shots on goal, there was a fear history was going to repeat itself at Turf Moor.
if West Ham are to secure a seat at Europe’s top table, they must learn to put games to bed much earlier.