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  • By Alessandro Schiavone

Danny Ings the super sub comes to West Ham's rescue against relegation-bound Burnley


By Alessandro Schiavone at London Stadium


West Ham 2-2 Burnley

Goals: Fofana (B), Mavropanos OG (B), Paquetà (W), Ings (W)


Super sub Danny Ings' 91st minute equaliser saved West Ham's blushes in a disappointing 2-2 draw against relegation dead certs Burnley.


And the former Southampton man could even have turned the game on its head but for his fantastic volley to smash the upper side of the crossbar five minutes later.


Jaded and confused, West Ham conceded after 11 minutes when David Fofana thumped a brilliant strike beyond the palms of Alphonse Areola. The afternoon then went from bad to worse when Arsenal flop Kostas Mavropanos inadvertently deflecting Josh Cullen's harmless square ball into his own net.


Lacking drive, energy and sleep walking all over the pitch, West Ham played arguably their worst first-half of the campaign. Vincent Kompany's side had a rare clean sheet and didn't have to try hard.


Then came David Moyes' tactical switches at the break. In came Michail Antonio and Edson Alvarez for James Ward Prowse and Kalvin Phillips.


And it only took Lucas Paquetà a few seconds to reduce the arrears when he pounced on a rare mistake by Maxime Estève to slot a low effort home.


All of a sudden the Hammers appeared to have rediscovered their bite and spite from years gone by. The Brazilian came close to a second but this time his curler flashed inches past James Trafford's goal. Henri Delcroix then did well to repel Antonio's low effort at the near-post before Vladimir Coufal's deflected shot was denied by the crossbar.


But West Ham didn't throw in the towel. And their never-say-die attitude and goodwill saw them snatch a late 2-2 draw. But they were left to rue two dropped points when Ings' volley was rebuffed by the woodork.


The 31-year-old centre-forwaed looked like a man reinvigorated and player transformed today. And West Ham should bank on that to overcome Freiburg on Thursday.



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