London (AFP) – West Ham maintained their surprise challenge for a Champions League spot next season as Michail Antonio scored twice to beat Burnley 2-1 on Monday.
Chris Wood’s penalty opened the scoring for the Clarets, but Burnley failed to guarantee their survival in the Premier League for another season as Antonio struck twice in eight minutes.
The Hammers are fifth, just three points behind Chelsea, who are due to visit runaway leaders Manchester City next weekend.
West Ham, on the other hand, have a favorable run with Everton, Brighton, West Brom and Southampton to appear in their last four games of the campaign.
Antonio’s return from injury could prove to be the deciding factor for David Moyes’ men, who were struggling to survive at this point last season.
The Jamaican missed back-to-back defeats to Newcastle and Chelsea, which rocked West Ham’s bid to finish in the top four.
Another slow start saw them fall behind as Wood was knocked down by Tomas Soucek and the New Zealander confidently rubbed the penalty.
However, Burnley was guilty of unusual mistakes in defending crosses in their box.
Antonio outsmarted Matt Lowton to come home from Vladimir Coufal in the 21st minute.
Moments later, he slapped Said Benrahma’s low ball into the box on the back post.
At the other end of the board, West Brom is set for a return to the league after just one season back in the Premier League as a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves on Monday all but ended their chances of survival. .
Sam Allardyce’s men are now 10 points from safety with just 12 left in the last four games of the season.
The former England manager has never been relegated from the top flight, but the Baggies have won just four of his 22 games in charge since replacing the sacked Slaven Bilic in December.
“We owe it to everyone to keep a professional attitude and go out and try to win every game that we have left and hope that every team above us loses every game and then, by some magic miracle and a little fairy dust, we stay standing, ”Allardyce said.
One of those victories was won by Wolves in the Black Country derby in January.
However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side took some revenge by denying West Brom any hope of beating the downside.
Both teams faced appalling playing conditions in heavy rain and luck also deserted West Brom in the first half stoppage when Kyle Bartley’s clearance attempt ricocheted off Fabio Silva and into the net to give Wolves the advantage.
Mbaye Diagne equalized in the 62nd minute when he led the Conor Townsend cross.
But West Brom couldn’t find the winner they desperately needed and remains second at the bottom of the table.