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West Ham down Burnley to stay in top four race

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Michail Antonio has marked his return from injury with two goals as West Ham United rallied to beat Burnley 2-1 in the Premier League and move within three points of fourth-place Chelsea.

West Ham's run-in - featuring games against Everton and lowly trio Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton - appears more benign than that of Chelsea, who must still play champions-elect Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Aston Villa.

Just as significant for West Ham manager David Moyes, his injury list is clearing up.

Antonio, the team's star striker and joint-top scorer, and creative defender Aaron Cresswell made their returns against Burnley, and Declan Rice - the England holding midfielder - is back in training after a knee injury that has kept him out since the end of March.

Moyes' side arrived at Turf Moor on the back of two successive losses but looked a much more potent force with Antonio leading the line and Jesse Lingard floating behind.

Chris Wood, fresh off a hat trick at Wolverhampton, gave 16th-place Burnley the lead from the penalty spot in the 19th minute after being fouled by Tomas Soucek.

However, Antonio equalised within two minutes by heading in Vladimir Coufal's cross.

Antonio then glanced in Said Benrahma's whipped cross from the left with the slightest of touches into the far corner in the 29th.

West Ham vaulted Tottenham into fifth place and Moyes wants to keep dreaming of taking the Hammers into the Champions League.

"I have been in this position before and I know what it is like, we will probably have to win all four games if we are being realistic," the former Everton and Manchester United manager said.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce needs what he says is "a magic miracle and some fairy dust" to maintain his record of never having been relegated from English top flight.

A West Brom team he took over in mid-December are 10 points from safety with just four games remaining after their 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Wolves were fortunate to go in front at The Hawthorns in first-half stoppage time when West Brom defender Kyle Barkley's attempted clearance struck the standing foot of 21-year-old striker Fabio Silva and looped into the net.

Mbaye Diagne equalised in the 62nd minute for the second-bottom Baggies.

Source AAP