December 30, 2018 / 4:38 PM / 17 days ago

Soccer-Burnley end run of defeats with win over West Ham

* Burnley beat West Ham 2-0

* Chris Wood put home side ahead in 15th minute

* Dwight McNeil scored in his second Premier League start

* Recalled goalkeeper Tom Heaton kept clean sheet with late save

* Burnley moved up to 15 points but still in relegation zone

* Burnley go to Huddersfield next, West Ham host Brighton

BURNLEY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 0

Dec 30 (Reuters) - Goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil gave struggling Burnley a much-needed 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham United at Turf Moor on Sunday, ending a run of three straight defeats for Sean Dyche’s team.

After his side’s 5-1 mauling by Everton on Boxing Day, Dyche dropped former England goalkeeper Joe Hart and brought back Tom Heaton for his first league start since September 2017. He also gave 19-year-old McNeil only his second Premier League start.

The Clarets took the lead in the 15th minute when Wood fired home after Ashley Barnes headed into his path. New Zealander Wood has now scored five goals in four appearances against West Ham in the Premier League.

Left-winger McNeil made it 2-0 with a volley at the back post after Ashley Westwood had whipped in a deep cross from the right and the youngster should have added another goal moments later when he shot wide after a fine pull-back from Barnes.

Heaton justified his recall with a good save from an Andy Carroll header late in the game to give Burnley a rare clean sheet and three valuable points, stopping West Ham’s run of three straight away victories. (Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Clare Fallon)

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