West Ham Pitch Invasion Overshadows 3-0 Win For Burnley

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Mark Noble understands the frustrations of West Ham fans, but defended his right to protect himself after tussling with a pitch invader who approached him during the 3-0 loss against Burnley.

As that fan ran back toward the stands another two came on and were eventually led away by defender James Collins.

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.

Police had to be positioned along the touchline and specifically around the West Ham bench, where more disturbances appeared to take place.

A week that had already seen a planned protest march by fans against the club's board called off - as West Ham supporters' associations fell out with each other amid threats of violence from a group linked to the club's notorious hooligan past of the 1970s and 1980s - turned increasingly toxic in the second half of a painful defeat in east London.

The Londoners come into the game on the back of two straight 4-1 defeats at the hands of Liverpool and fellow strugglers Swansea City and after a period of looking like they were pulling clear of drop zone, they have now been drawn back in. Do I think we'll be fine? The players know we did well today for long periods. "There will be no further comment at this time".

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"We've got six games remaining at home and we think that in those six games we can accumulate enough points to stay in the Premier League".

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

"There were a couple of games where I wasn't quite so happy that we didn't do as well as we should have". We're fighting for points.

He has been ever present since the end of October and appreciates his run in the side all the more after last season, when he started just 10 Premier League games. Having weathered the first half storm, they punished a downtrodden West Ham to secure a second consecutive victory.

Hundreds of supporters angrily massed just below the director's box during the second half, while fans invaded the pitch after each Burnley goal.

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