Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

David Moyes slams West Ham United pitch invaders in Burnley defeat

David Moyes slams West Ham United pitch invaders in Burnley defeat

David Moyes says his West Ham players will stick their chests out and bounce back after a 3-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League.

A week that had already seen a planned protest march by fans against the club's board called off as West Ham supporters' groups fell out with each other descended into chaos at the London Stadium, with stewards failing to intervene on several occasions.

Home captain Mark Noble confronted one of the individuals, knocking him to the ground as the atmosphere turned toxic inside the London Stadium.

Moments later, Chris Wood put Burnley 2-0 up, and the match was interrupted for a second time when another pitch invader grabbed a corner flag and attempted to plant it in the centre of the pitch.

The Hammers are slowly slipping back towards the danger zone after losing 3 of their last 4 league games. By that stage the action on the pitch had become nearly incidental with fans directing their anger at the club's chiefs.

Former West Ham great Trevor Brooking was left nearly alone in the directors' box.

Police had to be positioned along the touchline and specifically around the West Ham bench, where more disturbances appeared to take place.

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The club issued a statement saying an investigation would be launched immediately. "There will be no further comment at this time".

Burnley stopped the rot with last week's 2-1 home win over Everton, recovering from a goal down to claim their first Premier League victory in nearly three months. The players at this club are fully behind the cause and I think that will be enough to get the away side a win.

West Ham's poor form continued at full pace as the Swans gave the Hammers a hammering in a match of few positives for David Moyes.

"Up until the goal you wouldn't have thought that it would have been such a bad day", West Ham boss Moyes told BBC Sport. We are getting a good enough price to bet on Burnley to win this game and that is the best bet in my opinion.

"Then you're free to go on and hopefully play well. have that little bit more of a touch of mild arrogance just to take on each challenge as it comes", he added. We are one of about seven or eight teams, or perhaps even more, with only three to six points between them, which shows how hard the Premier League is.

Burnley were once as high as fourth and can close to within two points of Arsenal in sixth with victory over West Ham on Saturday before the Gunners meet Watford on Sunday.

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