Moyes sees red over Tarkowski lunge

West Ham 0 0-1 Burn­ley

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Matt Law

Jay Ro­driguez’s win­ner in­creased the rel­e­ga­tion heat on West Ham, whose coach David Moyes was left fum­ing over James Tarkowski’s tackle on Jar­rod Bowen.

If any­body was still in any doubt over what the old phrase “the West Ham way” means then they only needed to look at this per­for­mance and re­sult.

Just a week af­ter beat­ing Chelsea and with the chance to give them­selves some breath­ing space at the bot­tom of the Premier League, the Ham­mers fell to a de­feat that leaves them once again sit­ting pre­car­i­ously above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

West Ham never like to do things the easy way and it seems they are in­tent on mak­ing sur­vival in the top flight as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble.

Nick Pope made some good saves for Burn­ley and James Tarkowski should have been sent off for a foul on Jar­rod Bowen, but West Ham can only blame them­selves for a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance and missed chances.

“It’s a red card,” said West Ham man­ager David Moyes on Tarkowski’s chal­lenge. “It’s not go­ing to change the re­sult now, but it’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing the ref­eree didn’t see it, the lines­man was close and then you’ve got the chance to go to Var. It’s gone now, but I think it’s right to ask why it wasn’t given.”

On the Tarkowski in­ci­dent, Burn­ley man­ager Sean Dy­che added: “I’m pre­sum­ing that’s what Var is there for. Did their play­ers ap­peal for it? I can’t re­mem­ber.”

Hav­ing im­proved af­ter the firsthalf drinks break and seen To­mas Soucek force an ex­cel­lent save from Pope, West Ham fell be­hind in the 38th minute thanks to some sloppy de­fend­ing and a slice of luck for the vis­i­tors.

Char­lie Tay­lor was not closed down by Ryan Fred­er­icks and he swung a cross into the penalty area, where Jay Ro­driguez ran in front of Aaron Creswell and the ball bounced off his shoul­der and into the net via the un­der­side of the bar.

Sub­sti­tute Chris Wood thought he had sealed the three points for Burn­ley with 14 min­utes re­main­ing, but he was rightly ruled off­side be­fore slid­ing the ball into the net.

West Ham threw bod­ies for­ward dur­ing six min­utes of stop­page time but Burn­ley held on to move up to ninth and Dy­che said: “They asked a lot of ques­tions and our keeper was there when needed.”

Flash­point: Burn­ley’s James Tarkowski fouls Jar­rod Bowen but was only yel­low-carded

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