Pellegrini’s men shine to erase memory of toxic loss
four goals and have four more very good chances,” said Pellegrini, who also had words of praise for Anderson. “We know what Felipe can give us. His commitment has been 100 per cent. It was a massive performance.”
Burnley have now conceded 13 goals in three games – albeit nine against Manchester City and Chelsea – but manager Sean Dyche was not downhearted. “We grew into the game but the third goal was a sickener,” he said.
Arnautovic took advantage of a dawdling James Tarkowski to fire low past Joe Hart but referee Roger East’s puzzling decision not to award a penalty for Steven Defour’s challenge on Grady Diangana kept Burnley in contention.
The visitors had shown little threat until just before the interval, when Ashley Westwood’s pass was guided home by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
West Ham were back in front midway through the second half in a moment of personal significance for Anderson, who has struggled since arriving from Lazio. The Brazilian had netted just once this season but supplied a cold-eyed finish through Hart’s legs to crown Arnautovic’s lightning breakaway. Dyche sent on all three substitutes and two combined to restore parity, Chris Wood heading home from Robbie Brady’s corner. But this was Anderson’s day and six minutes from the end he struck the decisive blow, firing home from close in with the help of a deflection off Ben Mee. And there was still time for Chicharito to round it all off in added time.