Burnley restored faint hope of survival in this their first season in the Premier League with a stunning 4-1 victory at Hull City. The Tigers went up early on Kevin Kilbane’s third minute goal but the Clarets responded with a goal from Martin Patterson, two penalties by Graham Alexander and a last minute score by Wade Elliott. Taking three points from this match ultimately probably means that both sides will end up getting relegated. Were Hull able to win this one they would’ve dropped Burnley to six points shy of even eighteenth place. Instead, Burnley jump Hull into eighteenth on the strength of goal differential (making Elliott’s goal even more important). Of course the bigger problem is that both clubs are now four points behind seventeenth place Wigan after West Ham won today against Sunderland.
Speaking of West Ham United, they dramatically saved their season with a 1-0 home victory over Sunderland at the Boleyn Ground. Ilan scored in his second straight game (with last week’s earning a crucial draw) to send the Hammers to victory and eke them away from the looming relegation zone. All three points send West Ham above Wigan for sixteenth place and move the club four points above the drop zone. Wigan play tomorrow and can easily jump back above West Ham but the more important number than standing is the space between seventeenth and eighteenth. As for Sunderland, they remain comfortably in thirteenth position.