Diafra Sakho continued his fine run of goalscoring form to help West Ham United to a 3-1 win over Burnley in the Barclays Premier League.
The Senegal forward netted for a sixth successive match in all competitions shortly after half-time, as Sam Allardyce's men came away from Turf Moor with three points. That goal continued Sakho's record of scoring in every match he has started this season and his strike partner, Enner Valencia, doubled the visitors' lead soon after with a superb header from Carl Jenkinson's delivery.
George Boyd reduced the deficit on the hour to give Burnley belief, but West Ham substitute Carlton Cole nodded home from a corner 20 minutes from time, putting the seal on the victory. The result means Burnley continue to wait for a first win of the season and Sean Dyche's men remain in the bottom three with four points from eight matches. Following their 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers before the international break, West Ham have managed back-to-back victories for the first time since March.
Prior to the match, Burnley were boosted by the returns of Danny Ings and David Jones from injury, while West Ham welcomed Mark Noble back into midfield and James Collins came in for the injured James Tomkins. The home side made a bright start and almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Boyd struck the underside of the crossbar with a sweet left-footed half-volley.
Three minutes later, Lukas Jutkiewicz saw a close-range finish ruled out for offside, before West Ham's first chance arrived in the 26th minute when Sakho headed wide from four yards after an excellent cross from Aaron Cresswell.
Stewart Downing then cut inside from the right and struck the left-hand upright on the half-hour as the visitors began to gain a foothold in proceedings and four minutes after the interval, West Ham went in front through the in-form Sakho. Cresswell delivered a pinpoint cross from the left and this time Sakho made no mistake in powering a header into the net from close range.
Five minutes later, Valencia doubled West Ham's advantage, meeting another accurate delivery from Jenkinson with a thumping header, which left goalkeeper Tom Heaton with no chance. Valencia was withdrawn soon afterwards, and his replacement Cole saw another headed effort cleared off the line by Kieran Trippier.
That intervention appeared set to prove important as Burnley broke up the field and won a corner, which was dropped by Adrian, allowing Boyd to thump home the loose ball. Ings almost levelled a minute later, but his glancing header from Trippier's fine cross flew narrowly wide with Adrian beaten in the West Ham goal.
Cole restored West Ham's two-goal buffer, nodding in from close range after Sakho had headed Noble's corner back across goal. Burnley substitute Ashley Barnes struck the bar with three minutes remaining to sum up the home side's day as West Ham provided Allardyce with the perfect present on the eve of his 60th birthday.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "We were dominant first half and created enough chances to go ahead. We went in at half-time feeling good, but the whole feeling is different afterwards and we didn't get going in the second half.
"Goals change games and we saw that. From their point of view they are two quality goals with great crosses from out wide. The third one we conceded was a set-piece and that was disappointing.”
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "It's my birthday tomorrow and I asked the lads to get me a result because I am going out with my friends here in the north west this evening.
"Diafra Sakho is a determined lad, and he has six in all games now. We look like we have goals in the team. And I'm pleased for Enner Valencia as well because he wanted to play after international duty."
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