Protests, pitch invasions as West Ham fans' anger boils over

Hope Soto
March 11, 2018

The Premier League said: "It is essential that everybody who plays or attends a Premier League football match can do so safely".

West Ham United head into Saturday's clash with Burnley with veteran defender Pablo Zabaleta hailing the showdown the first of "nine finals" as the Hammers continue their desperate fight against relegation.

West Ham's James Collins was confronted by protesting pitch invaders in the defeat to Burnley.

Chris Wood came on to set up Barnes' goal and the New Zealand global added a brace of his own, each strike prompting additional ugly scenes, with some young children taking refuge on the Burnley bench to apparently escape unrest in the stands.

The Clarets fought back to overturn a half-time lead and claim their first victory in 12 games with a rousing second-half display. The team has played well too, so it has all come together. "We were fine, they were just voicing their frustration".

Moyes added: "I think as a supporter you can't cross the line, as a supporter". After conceding 54 goals in 29 games, David Moyes' side now have the worst defensive record in the league.

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As part of an ugly morning which featured a fan planted a corner flag at midfield and a section of the crowd nearly universally turning away from the pitch, West Ham veteran Mark Noble tackled a pitch intruder. We've got to find winning ways, we need to do it quickly.

West Ham's ageing wing-backs have failed to provide either the energy needed for their role or the experience which should be a given for two players with plenty of history behind them in the game. We are going to certainly have to defend better in the short periods that we are being put under pressure.

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"If I thought there were no mistakes or no problems I wouldn't have made any changes".

"When I came in I didn't think it was going to be that easy". Our performance against Everton was very good and if we carry on like that we will have a really good chance.

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