Barnsley 0-4 West Ham United

West Ham's Mark Noble profited from a goalkeeping mistake to make the scoreline comfortable for Sam Allardyce's men


By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor from Oakwell

West Ham thrashed Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell to reclose the gap on the top two in the race for automatic promotion from the Championship. 

After second-placed Reading had beaten ten man Leeds 2-0 with a late smash-and-grab in Good Friday's early match, the pressure was on the Hammers, but roared on by the 3,500 travelling fans, they recorded their 12th away win of the season in fine, efficient and confident style. 

Keith Hill's Barnsley- on a horrible run of form which has seen them win just one of their last nine matches coming against Peterborough in the previous home match- started badly when captain Kevin Nolan was left unmarked to tap home from a corner. Nicky Maynard created some space before thumping in a shot, as time after time West Ham found themselves in acres of space in the attacking third of the pitch. 

A horrible error at the back between Wiseman and keeper Button ended when Noble's neat chip found the roof of the net and former Barnsley man Ricardo Vaz Te - who scored 12 goals for the Terriers before he moved South, tapped in after a Button save to round of a good afternoon's work. 

Barnsley made two changes with Dawson and Higginbotham both coming into the starting line-up. Meanwhile there was also two changes for West Ham with Nicky Maynard returning up front and Winston Reid in defence for his first match in seven weeks after injury. Carlton Cole was on the bench and Vaz Te returned to his old club, where he scored 12 goals before his move in January. 


West Ham have set a new club record of 12 away wins in one season.

It was a better display from the Hammers. And, to be fair to West Ham, they exploited the space perfectly, and the result was never in doubt. 

Kevin Nolan scored his 10th goal of the season - albeit from a couple of yards after Barnsley failed to deal with a corner. 

West Ham were always a threat on the break. Depsite this, Barnsley created a couple of decent opportunites: Andy Gray could only head wide on two occasions under good pressure, whilst Davies was denied by Green from a long way out. 

Barnsley midfielder Dawson reopened the 'tackling debate' or more importantly, the 'two-footed tackle' argument. Although he won the ball and didn't catch the player at all, referee Tony Bates was spot on to blow for a foul and showed him a justified yellow card. 

West Ham doubled their lead through the recalled Maynard, who scored only his second goal for West Ham. But wasn't it a beauty? He was allowed to turn by the midfield, then turn and face goal, still Barnsley stood up, and he expertly curled into the bottom lwft corner to end the match surely. 

A defensive mishap gifted West Ham a third. With bodies of claret hunting the defence, a horrible pass-back ended with a poor clearance by on-loan Spurs goalkeeper Button for the Tykes and Noble brilliantly chipped it into the net for the third which seemingly meant meant game over before the first half was out.  


Barnsley have now lost eight of their last ten league games. 

The home side's misery continued whilst West Ham's command continued. It was so easy for the Londoners' that George McCartney was operating as a winger not a left back. His shot was parried by Button but Vaz Te scored against his former club to make it four, and make it a case of how many?

It was nearly five too; only the width of a cross bar prevented the inevitable. Maynard turne - ran and cannoned a shot against the bar. 

In the latter stages, Barnsley put West Ham under some pressure, with Davies forcing Green to push a shot round the post and Smith also had a shot kept out by the England keeper. 

But the match had been won; West Ham on the back of rivals Reading's win, responded in style and will hope for a favour from Portsmouth in the South Coast derby tomorrow at 1pm.

Friday 6th April 2012

Npower Championship 



Barnsley 0-4 West Ham United                                      KO 5:15pm                  (HT 0-3)

                   Nolan 7
                   Maynard 23
Noble 35
                   Vaz Te 55


Barnsley:  25. Button- 7.5/10, 14. Wiseman- 5.5/10, 06. Foster (C)- 4/10, 15. McNulty- 5/10, 20. Golbourne- 7.5/10 (Collins 61- 2/10), 07. Dawson- 4.5/10, 16. Smith- 5/10 (Perkins 64- 3.5/10), 17. Cotterill- 6.5/10, 18. Higginbotham- 6.5/10, 09. Davies- 6/10 (O' Brien 64- 3.5/10), 27. Gray- 6/10.

Subs not used:  30. Lidakevicius, 28. Tonge 

Booked:      McNulty (10), Dawson (18)


West Ham:  01. Green- 7/10, 20. Demel- 7.5/10 (Collins 59- 4/10), 05. Tomkins- 7.5/10, 02. Reid- 8.5/10, 03. McCartney- 7.5/10, 14. Taylor- 6.5/10, 04. Nolan (C)- 8/10, 16. Noble- 8/10 (Diop 80- 2/10), 32. O'Neil- 7.5/10 (Lansbury 70- 3.5/10), 12. Vaz Te8.5/10, 08. Maynard- 9.5/10.

Subs not used:  07. Baldock, 09. Cole

Booked:      Nolan (66)


My Man of the Match:      Nicky Maynard (West Ham United)- Rating 9/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:      Steven Foster (Barnsley)- Rating 4/10



Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)- 7.5/10
Attendance: 11,151

Match Facts

Possession:   Barnsley- 41%                  West Ham United- 59%

Shots: Barnsley- 5                  West Ham United- 18

Shots on target: Barnsley- 2                  West Ham United- 9

Shots off target: Barnsley- 3                  West Ham United- 9

Corners: Barnsley- 8                  West Ham United- 4

Fouls: Barnsley- 6                  West Ham United- 6

Offside: Barnsley- 1                  West Ham United- 2

Assists: Barnsley- None                  West Ham United- Maynard, Nolan, McCartney

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