West Ham Fans Invade Pitch In Ownership Protest

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Each goal was followed up by incursions onto the pitch by home supporters, with one individual approaching Hammers midfielder Mark Noble after Burnley's opener.

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

West Ham now sit in 14th place on 30 points just three clear of the Premier League drop zone and were dealt a huge blow earlier this week when key defender Winston Reid was ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up a nasty knee injury at Swansea last Saturday.

Moyes' decision to recall England worldwide Joe Hart backfired, with the goalkeeper spilling a Johann Gudmundsson shot to allow substitute Wood to tuck home.

As a crowd stood in front of the director's box, the co-owners had both left their seats by the 85th minute, and the situation was so tense that Burnley let young West Ham fans sit on the bench for the rest of the game. "To be honest we know a lot of it isn't aimed at the players, it's other reasons, but we got to be men enough to be able to play in that atmosphere". But you can't cross the line and come on the pitch.

"Burnley had a really good victory last week, which they'll be buoyed by, but as well as that we've had good results at our stadium and we've got to try and make that count".

Mark Noble of West Ham United clashes with a pitch invader
Jordan Mansfield Mark Noble of West Ham United clashes with a pitch invader

As the English Football Association investigates the unrest, the Premier League separately said it would be contacting West Ham to seek assurances that the disorder would not be repeated at future matches. "At that point our players just had to keep doing what they were doing and keep an eye on what was going on".

Wood told Match of the Day he wondered if the game was going to stopped.

"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", it said.

There is no place at any level of the game for what happened at the London Stadium today.

Their success and that of their respective teams could be determined by the form of the players around them. They have ways of venting that [frustration]. "There will be no further comment at this time". With only 5 points the difference to 6th-place Arsenal, a late surge could see the Clarets in Europe next season but a win in London is needed before thoughts turn to potential future prestige.

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