Chaos reigns as West Ham lose 3-0 at home to Burnley

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West Ham fans invaded pitch after 3-0 defeat

West Ham United could face repercussions after several pitch invasions and ugly scenes in the stands during the second half of a crushing 3-0 home Premier League defeat by Burnley.

West Ham looked to have turned a corner under David Moyes when a 2-0 win over Watford elevated them up to midtable and onto 30 points.

The Premier League match was played out against a backdrop of fan frustration with the Hammers board and, as that spilled over on to the field, one man approach Noble and the midfielder wrestled him to the floor.

"Everyone knows you don't come on the pitch - that's the rules".

West Ham called an emergency meeting with the publicly owned stadium's operators and said it was "committed to taking decisive and appropriate action" against the perpetrators.

While the Clarets have had a year to forget so far, they picked up their first win of 2018 last weekend, coming from behind to clinch victory for the first time this season.

The Football Association "strongly condemned" the crowd disturbances and said it would be seeking observations from West Ham.

But understandably, the Hammers chief was quizzed about events other than the football, particularly those incidents that saw disgruntled fans make their feelings clear with a series of pitch invasions.

West Ham United head into Saturday's clash with Burnley with veteran defender Pablo Zabaleta hailing the showdown the first of "nine finals" as the Hammers continue their desperate fight against relegation.

If people come on the pitch I can't imagine they're trying to be unsafe towards players. I wouldn't use that as an excuse for me after it, but I certainly don't think it helped.

"I think there was a couple of games where I wasn't quite so happy that we didn't do as well as we should have".

"We have two big home games coming up now with Burnley and Southampton and we need to win against those teams. A lot of my players did well with the way they acted".

"When I took over we were in the bottom three". The players know we did well today for long periods.

"We scored a top goal, a great pass from Matt Lowton and a fine lay-off [by Wood]".

"It's a tough situation, I can sympathise with the fans".

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