WHZ View: 'New West Ham' & dominant Dawson - 3 things we learned about West Ham in win v Burnley
West Ham United took their undefeated streak to five games on Saturday with a third consecutive 1-0 win against Burnley at The London Stadium.
The home side took the lead on nine minutes through Michail Antonio tidily tucking away a Pablo Fornals cross from close range.
Angelo Ogbonna nearly added a second, but saw his header come back off the post towards the end of the first half. The Hammers withstood some late pressure from their visitors but ultimately were never in any real danger of conceding a goal.
It’s a fourth clean sheet in the row for David Moyes’ men, who look a completely different outfit compared to this time last season when they were being sucked into a relegation battle.
West Ham Zone picked out three things learned off the back of this victory, starting with a man who deserves all the credit after being written off early.
- Defiant Dawson going from strength to strength
The loan signing of Craig Dawson from Watford was considered by many a cheap option from a side relegated without a whimper last season. Since his debut at St Marys, Dawson is yet to concede in 360 minutes and spared our blushes away to Stockport in the FA Cup. The Englishman made seven interceptions and won 77% of his duels against Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, two strikers notorious for bullying centre halves. He’s shown himself to be a brilliant professional and is proving initial doubters (ourselves included) wrong in the best way possible.
2. Antonio still effective when not fully fit
West Ham’s talisman scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday and was rewarded as Man of the Match despite making just his fourth appearance in three months. Antonio was the driving force of the Hammers front line, completing 4/6 successful dribbles despite not being able to move for minutes at a time. He’s clearly still a handful when not 100%, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can achieve in the coming weeks as he builds up his fitness.
- ‘New West Ham’ a different animal twelve months on
David Moyes proclaimed his side the ‘New West Ham’ in his post match interview on Saturday, and they now sit just three points adrift of the Champions League places. After 18 games last season, they were looming above the relegation zone in 16th, with just 19 points and a goal difference of -9. The Scotsman has installed a winning mentality in East London, stating that he wasn’t completely satisfied with the performance and demanded more from his team as he wants to make them ‘even better’. We’re liking what we’re seeing.
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