Danny Ings was delighted to finally be back on the scoresheet for West Ham but is frustrated he only scored one.

Since his man of the match performance against Sheffield United, Danny Ings has barely had a chance to follow up on it. It could have been a brilliant opportunity for him to get a run in the starting XI but, disappointingly, that never happened.

Thankfully, this clearly has not knocked the striker’s confidence as his appearance off the bench against Burnley was even better than his performance at Bramall Lane. In fact, he was just a matter of inches away from scoring a hat-trick. While he only ended up getting the 1, he was overjoyed with being able to help his side come back from 2-0 down against his former club but confesses his anger that the first did not count.

“The first one really played with my emotions. I think we all thought it was onside, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m just happy that I was then able to come back and get the goal in the end,” he explained to the official site. “It was a really good feeling to get on the scoresheet. I’ve always tried to score those kinds of goals – when you’re in the box, your first instinct as a striker is to get your shot off, and luckily this one hit the back of the net.”

His third chance came from a striker which smashed into the bar and, again, he was unlucky to not have given West Ham all 3 points. “I could maybe have got another one right at the end, and I maybe hit it too cleanly. I was devastated not to win it for the team at the end, but I did have an impact today, which I think is important in more ways than one.”

Things have not been easy for the former Southampton striker, his limited game time has been largely down to his own poor form but, if his recent performances are anything to go by, we could finally be witnessing the Danny Ings we were expecting. 

“It has been hard at times,” he conceded, “but you never give up and you never stop believing in yourself. I’ve always kept working hard, and I’m delighted to have been able to help the team today. Hopefully more goals and good results can follow now.”

“It’s just one of those days today. Burnley are fighting for their lives, so it was never going to be easy, and we struggled to find a rhythm. We weren’t at our best, but the draw still has to be a positive considering we were 2-0 down, and hopefully we can ride the momentum from that going forward.”