Diafra Sakho scored his sixth goal in as many games as Sam Allardyce’s West Ham cruised to a 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor, leaving the Clarets without a win in their first eight league games.
The Hammers had to wait until the second half to take the lead, when Senegalese forward Sakho buried a header past Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal. Sakho’s strike partner Enner Valencia then nodded home to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.
The hosts pulled one back after Hammers keeper Adrian spilt Michael Kightly’s corner, as George Boyd reacted quickest to fire high into the net.
West Ham made the points safe on boss Allardyce’s birthday weekend, when in-form midfielder Stewart Downing delivered a corner which was headed back across goal by Sakho for substitute Carlton Cole to nod in from a yard out.
After the game, Allardyce praised his team’s performance. He said: “Our quality, especially with the first two goals, was the difference. They were two outstanding crosses, and two outstanding headers.
“Diafra Sakho is a determined lad, and he has six in all games now. We look like we have goals in the team.”
Despite their fourth defeat in the Premier League, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is trying to remain positive.
“The margins are tight and if keep working away and tidy a few things up around the edges we’ll get that first win,” he said.
The Clarets are 4.21 to get their first win at home to Everton next weekend.