David Moyes slams West Ham United pitch invaders in Burnley defeat

  • David Moyes slams West Ham United pitch invaders in Burnley defeat

David Moyes slams West Ham United pitch invaders in Burnley defeat

West Ham are facing the prospect of severe sanctions after the most serious outbreak of trouble yet inside the London stadium as David Moyes's side crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Burnley.

In a statement, the club said: "West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action".

While the Clarets have had a year to forget so far, they picked up their first win of 2018 last weekend, coming from behind to clinch victory for the first time this season.

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

"It's well known fans haven't been happy for a long time", said West Ham captain Mark Noble, who grabbed one of the pitch invaders and threw him to the ground in one exchange.

Manager David Moyes says Hart "will start" against Burnley on Saturday. I wouldn't use that as an excuse for me after it, but I certainly don't think it helped.

Another supporter picked up a corner flag, ran to the center circle and planted it in the ground.

"There's big pressure if you don't perform". The wins include a 1-0 over Chelsea in Moyes's second home game, although the defeat came against Newcastle in a 3-2 pre-Christmas horror show. He provided the assist for Ashley Barnes' opener before getting on the scoresheet himself and it was Burnley's second goal that sparked fan protest in front of the directors' box.

"It's not as though David is a young man, and I'm saying that with real respect. It does make the atmosphere really tough to play in". None of us are daft that way.

"But we find ourselves in a situation where we are not the only team fighting against relegation. I'm confident we have the players here".

"We understand they are frustrated but obviously we are going to lose games and need them behind us. There are definitely similarities (between Iceland and Burnley) - how we play, the mentality of the squad, and we are both doing very well". However, while West Ham were the better of the two teams in the first half, they fell apart once Chris Wood was brought on.