Joe Hart’s return to the West Ham United starting XI ended in disaster as the Irons were overturned 3-0 at home by Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, putting their survival chances in serious doubt.

The loss means that the team remain just three points above the relegation zone having picked up no points from their last three top-flight fixtures.

And Hart, who was making his first league appearance since November, had yet another afternoon to forget in claret and blue.

The England international could no nothing about the Clarets’ first two goals, but fumbled a long-range effort straight into the path of Chris Wood for the striker’s second and Burnley’s third of the day.

Restored to the line-up in place of Adrian, Hart had a quiet first half as West Ham appeared in control at the London Stadium.

Chances to take the lead were spurned by Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, who found Nick Pope in fine form between the sticks for the visitors.

It seemed inevitable that the Hammers would come under more pressure after the break and they were punished when Wood rolled the ball back to Ashley Barnes, who rifled a stunning shot into the top corner.

As the atmosphere at the ground turned toxic with protests against the club’s board, fans invaded the pitch and captain Mark Noble was involved in tackling one supporter onto the turf as events spiralled out of control.

Burnley took the opportunity to punish the hosts even further when Aaron Lennon scuffed across goal for Wood to convert at the back post.

And the New Zealand star sealed his side’s win when Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s speculative 30-yard strike was fumbled by Hart, who could not prevent the powerful forward smuggling in the rebound.

On a dark day for West Ham, supporters turned on their goalkeeper, who has made a number of mistakes since signing on loan from Manchester City last summer.

The best of the reaction from Twitter can be found below:

  • englandsnumber6

    the fans that ran on the pitch cost us the game simple.