Premier League roundup: West Ham goes fifth after Burnley win, West Brom on brink of relegation

While West Ham is soaring with the Champions League in mind, West Brom is most definitely heading towards the edge of the deck, needing an absolute miracle to stay in the Premier League.

The victory lifted the Hammers to fifth place with 58 points from 34 games, three behind London rival Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League spot.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Here's a quick wrap of the Premier League action from Monday:

West Ham 2-1 Burnley

Striker Michail Antonio scored twice on his return from injury to fire West Ham United to a 2-1 win at Burnley on Monday which lifted them up to fifth place in the Premier League and kept alive their hopes of Champions League football next season.

The home side took the lead in the 19th minute when Chris Wood was brought down in the box by Tomas Soucek, and the New Zealand international picked himself up to drill the resulting penalty low to keeper Lukasz Fabianski's right.

The lead was short-lived as Antonio, who was returning from a hamstring injury suffered in early April, split a pair of defenders to score with a bullet header in the 21st minute.

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With West Ham pouring forward, Antonio added what proved to be the winner eight minutes later with a deft finish from a brilliant inswinging ball into the box from Mohamed Said Benrahma.

The victory lifted the Hammers to fifth place with 58 points from 34 games, three behind London rival Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League spot.

"Everybody wants to play in the Champions League. I have been here a few years and there have been so many seasons we were fighting to stay in the league and now we have the opportunity for top four," a delighted Antonio told Sky Sports.

"We are not going to give up on it, it's a dream come true. We will keep fighting, keep pushing."

Antonio almost completed a hat-trick early in the second half but his right-footed effort hit his standing leg with the goal at his mercy.

Burnley substitute Jay Rodriguez also spurned a great chance, blasting wide from point-blank range in the 64th minute.

Burnley, whose winless streak at Turf Moor extended to eight games, is 16th on 36 points.

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The result left next-to-last West Brom 10 points from safety with four games remaining and needing a “miracle” to avoid an immediate return to the Championship   -  GETTY IMAGES



West Brom 1-1 Wolves

West Bromwich Albion was on the brink of relegation from the English Premier League after only drawing with Wolverhampton 1-1.

The result left next-to-last West Brom 10 points from safety with four games remaining and needing a “miracle” to avoid an immediate return to the Championship, manager Sam Allardyce said.

The central English team’s fate could even be sealed before its next game, which is at Arsenal on Sunday, if results don’t go its way in the intervening days.

A big dose of misfortune saw the host go behind in first-half stoppage time at The Hawthorns, where rain lashed down for much of the game.

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West Brom defender Kyle Bartley’s attempted clearance struck the standing foot of 18-year-old striker Fabio Silva and the ball looped over stranded goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and into the net.

Mbaye Diagne headed in the equalizer from Conor Townsend’s left-wing cross in the 62nd minute but West Brom didn’t create another clear-cut chance in the final half-hour.

“Well, we’re still fighting,” said Allardyce, who has never been relegated from the Premier League in 30 years as a manager.

"We can still get to 38 points. It’d be a miracle if all the other teams above us lose their games.”

(With inputs from AP)