Hart to return to West Ham starting XI

Sheri Evans
March 11, 2018

The FA strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee's report.

Tempers flared around the London Stadium when the Hammers went 3-0 down, and a spattering of home "fans" stormed the pitch.

A depleted West Ham United defence is hoping to hold firm against a Burnley side who are back to winning ways but have failed to score in five of their last seven away league fixtures.

Premier League strugglers West Ham were left facing disciplinary action after angry fans repeatedly invaded the pitch during a 3-0 loss at home to Burnley on Saturday that left them just three points above the relegation zone.

However, there was another interruption as another fan ran on a few minutes after Chris Wood doubled Burnley's lead and waved the corner flag around the centre circle until players intervened and took it off of him.

If the West Ham manager needs to try to change things against Burnley then he can look to his bench, where available to bring on are Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez, amongst others.

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It added: "An emergency meeting has been called with all London Stadium stakeholders".

"We had played well enough to be in front but the first goal quickly altered things".

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. "There will be no further comment at this time".

"I've said it all along, Joe's been good, and I've got competition in some places so you have to play well".

Asked whether he was concerned over player safety being in jeopardy, Dyche told a news conference: "No, I don't think so". (But) I'm more interested in the football and why we didn't do well enough in the game.

"We need to play better for longer periods, and defend better in the short periods we're put under pressure. We were fine, they were just voicing their frustration". The players have been really good in the main, I think the players have been really good.

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