Barnsley 0 West Ham 4- Away-day delight for Sam Allardyce
By Daily Mail
Updated Friday, 6th April 2012
Who says Sam Allardyce cannot win West Ham fans over and promotion in the process?
He may be struggling to satisfy the loyalists on home territory but last night hundreds of Hammers fans were doing a South Yorkshire conga as Allardyce's side kept up the pressure on the Championship's top two with a club- record 12th away win of the season.
Leading the way: West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan opened the scoring
They all count: Nolan poked in from close range
MATCH FACTSBarnsley: Button, Foster, Wiseman, McNulty, Golbourne (Collins 61), Dawson, Smith (Perkins 64), Cotterill, Davies (O'Brien 64), Higginbotham, Gray
Subs not used: Lidakevicius, Tonge
Booked: McNulty, Dawson
West Ham: Green, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, Demel (Collins 59), Nolan, Taylor, Noble (Diop 80), O'Neil (Lansbury 70), Maynard, Vaz Te
Subs not used: Baldock, Cole
Goals: Nolan 7, Maynard 23, Noble 35, Vaz Te 55
This was among their most stylish away wins and fittingly Sir Trevor Brooking, making a rare appearance as a TV pundit, was in the Oakwell stands to witness it. His beloved club's next game is at home to Birmingham City, whose studious manager Chris Hughton was also among the? spectators and given plenty to? contemplate as he watched Kevin Nolan, Nicky Maynard, Mark Noble and former Barnsley favourite Ricardo Vaz Te secure three valuable points.
Allardyce could not contain his delight. 'It was great performance,' the Hammers manager said. 'We were under that bit more pressure because we obviously knew the Reading result and we wanted to recover from the disappointing result last week. And what a way to bounce back.
'That is probably as well as we have played over a whole 90 minutes. We have a new club record for away wins, which is a fantastic achievement and it is just a shame our home draws have overshadowed that magnificent effort.'
Doubling up: Nicky Maynard scored the second
To the clear delight of Allardyce and the detractors in the stand to his left who greeted Nicky Maynard's? 25-yard strike with a chorus of 'We play on the floor' there were 10 passes in the build-up to the visitors' second.
But the finish was all down to? Maynard, who was denied a hat-trick in the second half by the crossbar and an offside decision. He curled the ball low into the net after running on to Nolan's short pass.
And poor Button's misery was? completed in the 35th minute when he gifted West Ham their third goal after a catastrophic mix-up with David? Cotterill. The Barnsley keeper failed to put his right boot through the? winger's routine back-pass and Noble sneaked in to steal possession before chipping his shot perfectly over? Button into an empty net.
Rout: Mark Noble scored the third
Vaz Te, who is still Barnsley's top scorer, scored his fourth in five games after the break when he slotted home from close range after Button again spilled a rare right-foot shot from George McCartney.
Vaz Te barely celebrated and was givena polite round of applause by home fans. But they left the home seats virtually deserted before the final whistle, as Barnsley fell to their ninth defeat at Oakwell.
Hill's men, who managed just one shot at Robert Green, still need at least one more win for safety and face four of the top 10, plus a trip to? relegation rivals Bristol City.
Hill said: 'I cannot defend that as a manager. We were second best before the game but shot ourselves in the foot. The only positive I can salvage is it was not seven or eight and more embarrassing. It is difficult to? stomach the difference but we arenot a competitor to West Ham in any way, shape or form.'
Satisfied: Sam Allardyce will be pleased with the result
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NewestOldestBest ratedWorst rated?View allthe dream is not over yet, west ham are a massive club, all they need is a year in the prem, the olympic stadium and they could be competing in the champions league before too long.
- spikings, essex, 06/4/2012 21:27
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Keep rolling west ham. 5 more wins and we will go up in an auto spot.
- Nick, London, 06/4/2012 20:08
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COM ON U HAMMERSSSSSSSSSSSS, You've made in the East End have a smile in the face 12 away Wins, that what im talking about COM ON YOU HAMMERS
- Tyler, Bonn,Germany, 06/4/2012 19:59
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