It was another miserable day for the Clarets yesterday as they went down to a 4-2 defeat against West Ham at the City of London Stadium.
Following recent drubbings against Manchester City and Chelsea, yesterday’s game represented an opportunity to regroup and put some points on the board.
However, having seen Burnley concede nine goals in the previous two games, West Ham must have felt similarly and they took advantage of Burnley’s frailties in the first ten minutes, when Arnautovic capitalised on James Tarkowski’s mistake, racing clear and firing home before Johann Berg Gudmundsson equalised right on half time.
The equaliser came somewhat against the run of play, with both Joe Hart and Ben Mee saving Burnley’s blushes before Gudmundsson scored.
The Hammers retook the lead when man of the match Anderson, curled a shot past Hart before second-half substitute Chris Wood’s towering header brought Burnley level again.
Anderson scored his second of the match six minutes from the end of the game, after some poor Burnley defending and a fortuitous deflection.
Burnley pushed forward to get an unlikely equaliser and were hit with a sucker punch as West Ham broke and Hernandez sealed the victory in injury time with a dinked finish following good work by Anderson in midfield.
The Clarets remain 15th in the table, but will now be looking nervously over their shoulders. They’ve not kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 10 Premier League games and have conceded at least twice in six of those matches.
There’s clearly something not right at Burnley at the moment and there have been rumours of issues behind the scenes and Dyche allegedly confronting players about leaks to the media. True or not, conceding 13 goals in their last three league matches, tells its own story.
On the upside, amidst the gloom, there were one or two encouraging signs yesterday – notably the performances of Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor. Beyond that, there was little to suggest anything but a long hard winter ahead.