Barnsley v West Ham United Match of the Day Live


Barnsley v West Ham United

Jake Humphrey is at Oakwell for live coverage of Barnsley's Championship game against promotion-chasing West Ham.


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Good afternoon, welcome to Oakwell, where today Barnsley take on West

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Ham United. The Londoners had spent most of the season looking like

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they will bounce straight back up to the Premier League, but in

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recent games the bubble looks like it has burst. Are the Hammers about

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That is what it means to the We are in a really good position.

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Can we hold our nerve and can we Can I ask you a question? What is

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The essence of this football club is to go out and win a game of

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It is the play-offs which could be this is why. Coming into today's

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match with just one win in seven, West Ham are out of the automatic

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promotion spot. Look at the Gatt, six points to second place.

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Barnsley, nine defeats in 12, they will be looking over their shoulder

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at the relegation places, so plenty for both teams to play for.

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Alongside me, two men will have watched the season unfold at more

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What a touch of class, this Mick McCarthy. What a good match Mick

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McCarthy had. At least one of them What a superb goal! Trevor

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Yes, very much looking forward to seeing how this match unfolds in

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the company of Sir Trevor Brooking and the man they would call Sir

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Mick McCarthy appear, such is their love for the man who started his

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career and was born in Barnsley. Welcome arm, a typical spring day

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here! We have been enjoying beautiful sunshine a week ago, then

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six inches of snow, now just freezing cold, normal service!

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Welcome home. It is not just a lovely old ground, it is amazing

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what you pick up, I have a lovely old programme from 1978 introducing

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a 19-year-old Mick McCarthy. You look about 39! I am looking better

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now! That is a stick-on moustache, I used to wear it to scare centre-

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forwards. For those of the wandering, he says he enjoys Elton

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John and Stevie wonder. Is that still the case? I would say it is,

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yes, I avoided the punk and the Rat and all that stuff. Trevor, lovely

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to have the wit as. 18 of the 24 teams in this division have been in

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the Premier League at some time. It is much easier to slip into the

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Championship than get back out of it, and recent results for West Ham

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have shown that. Yes, from their point of view, their home form has

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been the Big Issue, Jake. We have got to say that if they win today,

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I think it would be a record, 12 wins, and looking up the run-in,

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the way games you would expect them to get results, and the home form,

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particularly the Reading game, which was so crucial last week,

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just to keep the pressure on the top two. You took both Sunderland

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and Wolves out of this division, is there a trick, something you manage

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to unlock in your time as manager of the clubs? If there is, I'm not

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going to tell everybody! It is a matter of keeping your nerve at

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this time of the season. We went 11 games without winning at the end of

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the season. I remember losing to Reading and Birmingham, our closest

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rivals, and they were hopping and hollering in the tunnel as if they

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had won the League. We hunkered down at just knuckled down and got

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results towards the end, we had a really good finish and won it. It

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is a matter of keeping your nerve. Not giving any secrets away, but

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perhaps by watching how Brian McDermott's Reading are playing at

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the moment, we can see how success works in this division. They have

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won 11 out of the last 13, and today they are still Leeds. You can

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say all the action from this match at half-time today. The rest of the

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results in the Championship today, a big day up and down the League

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The result for Reading East the pressure on Sam Allardyce and the

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fans. Reading have won, did you follow the game? Does it make any

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difference to your approach today? A few of the guys have got sky on

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their phone, we knew it would be difficult when we heard Leeds went

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down to 10 men, but it was to be expected. We know we have got to

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win to get back to the four-point gaffe. We have got to do the

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business tonight. Is it just a question of trying to get six wins?

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Will it take that? I think the way Reading are playing at the moment,

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probably Southampton, and I know they meet each other very shortly,

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but you have got to focus on each game at a time. The most important

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game for us, the most important game this season is to play

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Barnsley and stay in touch with the automatic promotion push. If we do

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not win tonight, it would not all be over, but it would be very

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difficult. We have got to try to break the club record and get the

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12 away wins. It has been great away from home, very good form, so

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I want to see that form tonight, I want to see that performance, and

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hopefully I will see three points. Sam Allardyce acknowledging what a

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big game this is for West Ham, but not just picking up the results is

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important to West Ham fans, it is the way you do it as well. You were

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one of the exponents of the beautiful game. Can you understand

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the frustration with the way they have played this season? It has

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only really cropped up over the last month, to be fair to Sam. Once

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you start not getting results... When they were in the top two, they

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were happy with the style. They have been at the bottom in the

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Premier League. At present, like he said, it is holding your nerve. If

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at the end of the season they can reflect on where they are, if they

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have got into the top two, great, but Sam is probably saying it in

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the dressing room, it comes about confidence if you're going to pass

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the ball like everybody wants the old West Ham to do. But as Nick

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said, in the Championship, you cannot play that way all the time.

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Sometimes you have to grind out results. The waveform has been OK,

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the home form is where the frustration has come out. If you're

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not getting the performances at home, season-ticket holders get

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frustrated. They really got behind the team against Reading, even

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though they lost, and that is what they have got to do in the last

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handful of games. If they go to the play-offs, let's say, let's reflect

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at the end of the season. The play- offs, not something that the fans

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want to be put through. The away fans are being very loud at the

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moment. One striker up front, they have got five with Premier League

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experience of earning a decent amount of money, but they come into

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this game with what looks like an All that about the fans, I remember

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being with Wolves singing Four Four Two, and we were getting our best

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results playing 4-4-3. We were not getting beaten. This is an

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attacking line-up. With Nolan, Trevor says he's going to play on

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the left, it gives them a licence to get in the box. There has been

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nobody better than him to score vital goals in a box. Home and away

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fans will enjoy watching Ricardo Vaz Te, not just because of the

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haircut, but because he was sold to Barnsley for just �500,000. He has

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done the same for West Ham. He has had a couple of muscle injuries,

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unfortunately. He has given them the cutting edge. I inky and Taylor

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either side, really Nolan will get forward slightly from the left,

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with Mark Noble, O'Neill on the right of him. You need to get

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midfield players into the box. Sometimes that is what happened,

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they have been isolated. Attacking away from home, they have got the

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numbers in. Sometimes they are isolated, they have been frustrated.

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If one man knows how to control Vaz Te, it will be Keith Hill, the

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Barnsley manager, let's see how he Just how big a test is is ahead of

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West Ham. It is the biggest test, one of the biggest of the season.

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It is a 90 minute game, and we are ready for it. I use safe yet?

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definitely not. We are nine points clear, the bottom three teams would

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prefer to be in our position, but we have still got points to get on

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the board. A season of progress? Progress that most people will not

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see. It has been a difficult season, losing games, but it is an interim

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season, a progressive season. Hopefully we can get ourselves next

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season. Good luck. I'm sure the managers are always going to say

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they are not safe until they are mathematically set, but was it a

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good move to come here from Rochdale? It is a fire-fighting job

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against teams like West Ham with a lot of money. Like all the managers

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in every League, some teams have money, and I would imagine West Ham

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are lost more money this season and Keith Curle has had to spend. He is

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doing a particularly good job, and one win will make them safe.

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Ricardo Vaz Te is interesting, I saw him score the fastest goal of

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the season here, but he will be targeted. When he turned up with

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that haircut, he will be targeted even more! He will be a marked man

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today. We have already discussed your dislike of Twitter, shock and

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cuts and that is, but for each season, Barnsley would start each

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year saying, survival is what we need to achieve. The Heath they

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went through a sticky patch earlier in the year. They have struggled to

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score goals. That is part of the resources that you have in this

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league, the goalscorers, like Ricardo Vaz Te, signed at the end

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of January. There was not enough time to bring somebody else in, and

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that will be the challenge until the end of the season, can they get

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goalscorers? That has been Barnsley's problem. What can we

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expect from Barnsley today? To be honest, to watch them every week?

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No, I don't, and it is interesting talking about the shape of systems.

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People are saying to me, they cannot play that way, so it will be

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interesting. Interesting how they deal with West Ham. They are going

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to have to get into their faces, because West Ham have got better

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players on the pitch, and if they are allowed to play, I think they

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will win. One of my mates has been shouting 4-1, I think he meant for

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Barnsley. It is not the first time they had a big game against West

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Ham. Way back in 1997 it was a big day for Barnsley and a big day for

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a certain Frank Lampard. It is a lovely atmosphere on a special day

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which offers a blend of mystery, of of the first goal for Barnsley in

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the Premiership. West Ham are looking to be the party-poopers.

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That equaliser has been on the start with a defeat. I wonder

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whatever happened to that young midfielder! Apparently Trevor makes

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a great cup of tea, so we are going to enjoy the first half. The

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commentators are in position, Mark Bright and Guy Mowbray. Give us a

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wave! The commentators are in position, the players are in the

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tunnel, live on BBC One and BBC One HD, live football on BBC One,

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weekend has got off to a good start. Time to watch two sides whose

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seasons need to finish well. Reading's 2-0 win over Leeds this

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afternoon has put seven points between them and West Ham. They are

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six behind Southampton and they really must win this if they are

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going to even keep thinking about a top two finish and automatic

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promotion. For Barnsley, a few weeks ago they were as close to a

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play-off place as they were to the bottom three, but one win in their

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last nine games has seen them sink. Although nine points breathing

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space sounds comfortable, they might need more points on the board

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from six really difficult games to come off to ensure they stay in the

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Championship. The eagle eyes of Dickie Bird will be tracking

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exactly what happens at Oakwell the first half of the season and he

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is still Barnsley's top scorer with 12 goals. He has added another four

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sides met at Upton Park in December. A goal from Papa Bouba Diop. Sam

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Allardyce was sent to the stands for kicking out at some bottles and

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a cat ran onto the pitch! Let's hope for the same level of

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entertainment today. This is the Buckley's side -- Barnsley side.

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One change from last week. Matty Done pulled a hamstring at Portman

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Road so in comes Kallum Higginbotham for his first start

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and home debut. David Cotterill scored his only Premier League goal

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for Wigan against West Ham five years ago and he has only scored

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Barnsley's only goal in the last six games. West Ham have made three

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changes. Her Faubert and Faye have made way for Demel and Winston Reid.

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It is only Demel's third game of an injury wracked first season at the

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club. Reid has been out since the end of February. Carlton Cole makes

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way for Nicky Maynard. Craig Davies has got six games without a goal,

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but since Ricardo Vaz Te departed, he is now Barnsley's top scorer

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with 11 goals for the season. He banged them in for Chesterfield in

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the last campaign. Various Ricardo Vaz Te, three goals in his last

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four games. -- there is. 14 starts for Barnsley in the first half of

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the season, he scored 12 goals. Sam Allardyce did not hesitate when the

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chance going to sign him, the man he brought to English football from

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the captains. Next to me, on the end of the commentary position,

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Mark bright. Good afternoon. I saw West Ham against Reading. 422, an

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incredible game. -- 4-2. West Ham dominated for 40 minutes and

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readings called two quick goals before half-time and the whole

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thing changed. Very surprised to see no allow there today. He left

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the pitch with what we were told was up thigh strain. -- surprise to

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see Mark Noble. Sam said after the game in the press conference, they

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would need to win every game until the end of the season to have any

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chance of automatic promotion. did. I heard West Ham ledge and

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Tony Cottee saying he looked at the Reading and Southampton games and

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he thought maybe one draw and the rest wins we do it. But Reading

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winning this afternoon cranks up the pressure. We heard Keith Hill

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say Barnsley are not safe yet. Nine points sounds a lot, but the gap

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between themselves and the bottom three over the last few weeks has

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got narrower. Kevin Nolan, 10 goals this season, six of those away from

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home. That is where West Ham have been picking up most of their

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points recently. Barnsley hoping to get one more win to make sure they

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stay in the Championship next season. West Ham looking to win the

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think we all know that West Ham's home form has been the undoing.

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They have drawn six of the last 10. Away from home they have been

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superb and fans often look to why that is. Sometimes they play with

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more freedom and also there's less and it is a Barnsley throw-in.

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Nicky Maynard has already scored a winning goal here this season, for

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Bristol City at the end of October. A good record against Barnsley,

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five times he's played them, five impeded, but the referee Tony Bates,

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who is the most experienced referee on the Football League list, begged

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stress how magnificent fans have been in the last few home games.

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There have been claims from the club of misleading reports saying

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the manager had accused the fans of talking absolute tosh. He feels

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some of the criticism is unfair and Tottenham, his fourth Barnsley

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appearance. Regular No. 1 Luke Steele is out injured and regular

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No. 2 David Preece is also out Winston Reid. Amazing. Amazing. You

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saw Reid turn away, accepting he had made a foul. The most

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experienced referee on the Football League did not feel the same way.

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He is a referee who likes to lead the games go. He has not issued a

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single red card all season. George McCartney moving freely again. He

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had a bruised foot from last weekend, the game against Reading.

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Immediately after the game Sam Allardyce thought he had broken his

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metatarsal. Before Wayne Rooney did it a few years ago, we haven't

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heard of that bone. Wasn't Beckham the first one? Might well have been.

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It was just called a broken foot in the old days. West can get a throw-

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McCartney has been on loan from Sunderland all season. His second

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already been at Leyton Orient and Doncaster. This is his 11th spell

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away from Spurs as a borrowed could hear the reaction of the home

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fans who don't think there's anything different from the Winston

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Reid challenge a few minutes ago. Craig Davies did ever so well, he

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Barnsley. They have strong a few passes together. They have pushed

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West Ham back a bit. They won their last home game begins Peterborough

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a fortnight ago. They have lost all of their last seven away. Almost

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Good play from Nolan. No question Button made the right decision to

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come out. He slightly overran it. A good defensive challenge from

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Stephen Foster. Nolan! West Ham much the first time West Ham have

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threatened. The first shot at goal. The one thing you want to do as the

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home team is to have the first shot, the first corner. A little smile on

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the face of Sam. They didn't deal with it. They didn't do with the

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first one at the near post. Nolan on the goal line by the goalkeeper.

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Inevitably the ball fell to him. He is now their leading goalscorer

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with 11 goals. Poor defensive clearance. You have to attack the

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first ball at the near post. came off an unsuspecting Craig

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Davies. 11 goals for the season for the West Ham captain. The last time

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he spent a full season at this level with Newcastle a couple of

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years ago, he scored 17 times, including goals home and away

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against Barnsley. Any midfield player who get into double figures

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is worth his weight in gold. They need to help out the strikers. West

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Ham do have seven or eight strikers on the books and Carlton Cole is

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their leading goalscorer with 10. He changes them around a lot, Sam.

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Kevin Nolan got a dozen in the Premier League last season. He

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averages better than one in six at worst possible start as far as they

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are concerned? Reid stayed in front Maynard. A good run from Maynard,

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just pulling off the shoulder. Diving in behind, Golbourne.

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most difficult thing for Barnsley in recent weeks has been scoring a

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goal. They only have one in the last six matches, two weeks ago,

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David Cotterill against Peterborough. Andy Gray has gone

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nine games since he last scored. points away from the bottom three,

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is there a danger you can sink into that sort of mentality? Always.

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Players at this stage start looking at results. People around them and

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they start looking at the fixtures. You have to just take care of

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yourself. There's no better game for them today. They are live on

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the television, one of the top teams in the division, it usually

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lift the atmosphere, the players should perform. Not the best

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clearance from Rob Green. Davies had a go! Queen macro got across,

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I'm not sure it was on target. -- Davies. Poor clearance from Rob

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Green. Now a free-kick for West Ham. Tony Bates is going to have a word

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as well. I think it was McNulty. It will be a booking. He was pulling

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Maynard back. A great strike. I don't think and Rob Green could

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take any chances. He had to push it away. A little sniff of what he is

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capable of doing. When you haven't scored a goal for a while, you prop

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-- probably hesitate to shoot from that distance. But it shows he has

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confidence. Was that the booking? season. Hit game for Nolan. A gold

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number-one priority on set-pieces to mark. They drop a little bit

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early for Mayo. It comes of the defender's head. Almost a gift,

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isn't it? Got one and nearly double Tomkins, didn't he? We saw Tony

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Bates a fortnight ago, the referee for the Johnstone's Paint final.

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did not notice them that day. one. That is OK, though. He

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snatched, that is all. The opportunity was there, deflected.

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He just pulls at the shot a little bit. He mentioned the word

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confidence in relation to Craig Davies, six games without a goal.

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He has had goals in bursts, twice he has gone eight games without a

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goal. That is a long time, but as long as you get them at the end of

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the season. It is nice if you can space them out, or if they come in

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But what they do not have, Barnsley, his players running in behind,

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trying to stretch West Ham at the back. Everything is in front, and

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they can say that they were just nipped in front and make it

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difficult. They need to stretch and West Ham, that switch was on, good

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O'Neill was waiting, and he should have done better. No question, he

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started off the move as well. O'Neill started the move, good

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overlapping play, a bit of a decoy, good ball from Vaz Te, and it does

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A golden opportunity. Take a part in his early career, Barnsley, he

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scored his opening goal for them. He played his first league game

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against them for Portsmouth as a career at all after he injured his

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ankle against Aston Villa. It was fifty-fifty whether he would play

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again. He is now, four games in man who scored a lot of goals for

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Barnsley in the first half of the season. You do not understand the

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football fan, Guy! I do, I do, I not get the throw-in. West Ham's

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midfield players are working really hard out of possession, just

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covering in front of them, more injury which forced him off at

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As soon as he plays at all to anybody, it starts to move forward,

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prey, stout defending by Winston Reid. It is the first chance we

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have seen, Higginbotham running with the ball. He does ever so well,

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holding on the edge of the box. Andy Gray was a little deeper, Reid

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does well to get in front of him. referee, well, he agrees with you

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that it was a foul, but which other parts does he agree with? If it

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looked like a two-footed challenge. Tomkins jumped over the challenge,

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he was not happy. The referee giving himself a little time to

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think there. There is going to be a card of some description. You said

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that he had not issued a red all season. I think it is going to be

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yellow, by the body language. He has got a smile on his face. If he

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sees it as a two-footed challenge, it is a red. The yellow is out. Two

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in the boot for Barnsley, Stephen Dalton joins the name of Jimmy

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McNulty. -- Stephen Dawson. shape of a hand, the apology. I do

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not think it was for the second one, I think it was for this one here.

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No question about it! The referee did not see it as clearly as we did.

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He was close to the action. He is saying he won the ball. He is

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outlawed, they are trying to get rid of it from the game, and I do

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not understand why players challenge like that. You normally

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slide with one leg and sweep with the other. To me, you do that if

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you are frightened to get hurt, you're kind of protecting yourself.

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That is a red card for me. A lot of them are still saying, I won the

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ball. It does not matter, it is when he touched him from barely one

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yard out. Barnsley have at two players caution since then. Vaz Te

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going for the spectacular! Not quite a proper connection. No, but

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forward and when a corner for West Ham. Good play. Good play in the

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midfield, Cotterill giving away the ball unnecessarily. Look how West

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Ham are pressing all over the pitch, that is the left-back there, having

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a shot. I saw him score his goal last year, McCartney. A East caught

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at Cardiff at the start of last point out to us before the match

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that won more away win would be a club record, 12 away wins in a

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in the Championship. It is just at home where they have struggled to

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get points in recent weeks. What a good shot that was! West Ham double

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their lead, and Nicky Maynard continues his run our scoring with

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a 100% record against Barnsley, six in six. Barnsley 0, West Ham 2.

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said before, they had had a good his sequence of passing, a combined

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really well with Nolan, O'Neill and Noble, and there has not been

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enough pressure on the ball from Barnsley. It is too comfortable,

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and it all culminates with a beautiful finish. So accurate with

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a shot, it is not the power, it is Nicky Maynard has double figures,

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his 10th goal of the season, only his second for West Ham. He joined

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them from Bristol City at the end of January, eight goals for winning

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a kits not dissimilar to Barnes's Lee at the start of the season. --

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Barnsley's at the start of the season. It is a good goal for him,

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and he has struggled for goal since he moved to West Ham, in and out of

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the team, San changes it around. You would like to play all the time,

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you get a rhythm going as a striker. last England cap, last of seven,

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Yes before -- yes, I said before, not enough pressure, far too much

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praise for Noble to push it around with O'Neill, as I said. -- far too

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early, using his arms on the Ford's back. We need a bit of a response

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here from Barnsley. They do not want to go into those last five

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games on a good hiding, it will not pass it between themselves.

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Tompkins went along, but that is not what West Ham fans like to see.

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I'm not sure if that was the diagonal he was going for.

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everything is going against them. The biggest difference between the

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teams is when they are out of possession, West Ham, they chase

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and harry. I don't think Barnsley uncomfortably. He said before the

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match, we are not safe yet, we don't think we are. This is the

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worry, people are saying one more win will do it for Barnsley. Five

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games left after this, they have Blackpool away, Cardiff or home,

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Hull away, Brighton to finish. Bristol City away is the only one

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against teams around them. Where is that win going to come from?

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are not wrong! But there are always some funny results at the end of

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the season. We have seen that Leeds 2-0. Burnley beat Birmingham

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has hardly been in the game. I do not remember him at Arsenal. Yes,

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in 2000/2001, but did not make an McCartney and it means a Barnsley

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corner. Cotterill putting the cart me under pressure. He left him for

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pace. Cotterill on the right hand side and Higginbotham on the other

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side have shown that if they get the service, they can put West Ham

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for it. He felt he was being impeded. Another corner. I think

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Nobody with him. Maynard getting say at half-time that you have to

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get tight. You have got to put on pressure across the middle. Look

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how many passes they have had here, West Ham, and Barnsley no windier.

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much respect. In the end, they didn't win the ball, West Ham gave

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George McCartney, he didn't look up. A bit of an argument going on now.

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Nolan is giving him a bit back! Nolan has only just stopped giving

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him words of wisdom. You are 2-0 up Matthew Taylor hasn't. There is an

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overload on this side and that is where the space is. Nicky Maynard

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think so. Vaz Te wants to score himself. Finally he went for the

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there was an opportunity when he went past the first offender to get

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an early shot away. Button lost it! It is a wonderful goal from Mark

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Noble! Nightmare moment for the on- loan Barnsley goalkeeper. That is a

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great finish from Mark Noble. His last nine goals have been penalties.

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Easy from 12 yards, not so easy from an angle like this, but he

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made it look easy. You look at West Ham and all they have done in the

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first half his work so hard when they haven't had the ball. It is

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only because of Nicky Maynard's pressure that David Button makes a

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poor decision. He tried to tap it around Nicky Maynard and made a

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mistake. But it is an excellent chip from Mark Noble, you have to

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be so precise. He might as well just come towards the ball and put

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his arms up. A great finish. I know Dickie Bird is hit today, but it

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will end up a cricket score if they are not careful. Well done! Thank

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you, I'm here all day. We still from Taylor, a teasing ball. They

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have got two or three people going in. It was just a little strong.

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They have got a great away record and if Sam wanted a reaction after

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that 4-2 defeat at home, obviously that hurt, and he has got more from

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his players today. A big job at half-time for Keith Hill. He must

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just want them to get out there and compete, start challenging, stay

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with your runners and just start showing West Town less respect. --

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right. Scoring goals from 30 yards is not really his strength. He is

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apologising, they are free up and playing well. -- 3-0 up. Getting on

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for 200 games for Sunderland, never really got it. It was only McNulty

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that stopped him. An excellent example from a forward who gave the

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ball away, he wasn't happy just to watch what happened, he chased

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a good game of football and don't mind what the result is would want

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a Barnsley goal before the break otherwise it would seem to be over.

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end! They certainly are. Barnsley could do with getting a goal to get

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10 years in Germany or told. -- Guy Demel. He plays at international

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level for Ivory Coast. This is only his third game, he Azad or all

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problems with injury all season pit our space a few times for

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Barnsley. -- a bit of space. I can only reiterate what I have said,

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the midfield, Noble, Nolan, O'Neill, working really hard. Taylor, Vaz Te,

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chasing and harrying, making it easier for the defence. They have

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never really penetrated the West and -- West Ham defence. That is

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why Barnsley have not been mistakes for the third goal? He had

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an opportunity to deal with it, lash it down the field, but he

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pressure on Rob Green, but he was realised that he was not going to

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get there. A good run, the space minutes to go that they had a

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complete collapse last week. It does not look like that is on the

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cards today, the defence looked a lot better. It was about this time

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in the game, wasn't it? He is, and under any threat whatsoever. --

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they do not look. It was a relaxed conversation there that we saw with

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this is Cotterill. Green had to come a long way for it, and that

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his wife. Excellent. When they finally get around the back of West

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Ham, could pull back, Reid at the near post. That is the most

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dangerous Barnsley have looked in his first half. It was a nice

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thought, it kind of order on the offside. When he got to the byline,

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he should have sat it up to the far right place for West Ham. If good

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positional sense, he read the cat back. -- cut back. An excellent

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turn, this one. Reid knows exactly what he is trying to do. He

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anticipates it so well. It is his first game back since the end of

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February. He has been out with a head injury then a heel problem. He

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had a concussion after going away to play for New Zealand. He was

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born mayor, grew up in Denmark. -- undone, he is usually giving begun

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a good workout at this stage as well. I think West Ham feel I have

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had a bit of an unfavourable press, 24 games they were in the automatic

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promotion places, and then they just slipped out. I think it is the

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pressure, the wage bill as well, the expectation of going up,

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because they have been there for so at Oakwell, and that will do nicely

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as far as West Ham United and Sam Allardyce are concerned, 1-0 up

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thanks to Kevin Nolan very early in the police, it became two when

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Nicky Maynard scored at Oakwell for the furls successive game here, and

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Mark Noble rounded it off in the 35th minute. West Ham needs to win

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is to keep up with Reading and Southampton in the chase to finish

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in the top two, and it would be a miracle if they do not win it now.

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I am sure the two men alongside me will agree that stranger things

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have happened than West Ham throwing away the lead, but that

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was a great first half for your team Trama, and we said that the

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home fans had been moaning about the way they have been playing, we

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have not seen one long ball. comes from confidence, the passing,

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and you are probably saying, do not give them anything for the first 10

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or 15 minutes, let's put them and the pressure, because their

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confidence can be fragile. But it did not happen, they did not

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pressure them, they gave them space, and the goal was a soft goal.

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Throughout the half, West Ham grew in confidence and kept possession

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because they never got the pressure. They actually pressurise did

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themselves and won the ball back quickly. You had to get your noses

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in front. There is no fire and there. The game started OK, there

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was nothing, West Ham are desperate to win this game and get back in

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the promotion hunt, Barnsley for different reasons. There was

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nothing in the game, I didn't think, but whatever Keith Hill has done, I

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am absolutely certain he will have said to Mark Nolan from corner

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kicks. From then on, there is no fire. West Ham are playing 4-3-3 or

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42, Craig Davies cannot really drop in, and they are getting played

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around. The second goal comes from that. I do not know how many passes

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they had before it. I have been in positions like that, you cannot get

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close to them because they are keeping the ball, sucking you in

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and playing around. Is it a case of making changes, or is it too late?

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A difficult job for the home manager. We will have a go at them

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now, push Jo midfield players up, let Nolan stay in behind, have a

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right go at it. You could get done five or six by doing that, leaving

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also wide open. But he might get one back early on, and then you

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might get something. I don't think they will, to be honest. Let's have

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a look back at a first half that has put a big smile on your face,

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a corner in the first place. have got to go with Kevin Nolan, it

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comes off his foot. Does it come off Nolan? Even then, slowed down,

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you can just about see it, but the referee has not gone that too well

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at his disposal. It is a tough decision. You got away with that,

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and then you have got to mark. two not know if it is Craig Davies

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who tries to step up. -- I do not know. But he is on his own. You

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have got to be marking him. The manager put all his tactics

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together, but it is a great delivery. I think it goes through

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the defender's legs here. Oh, dear! Not a nice moment. When he tucks it

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in, you think Nolan is offside, but when the cross comes in, he is not.

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That is why he is not marked at the time, but it was a double soft goal,

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to have given the corner away, to allow Nolan into the penalty area.

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The game was nothing. He delivers a great set-piece, Matty Taylor.

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Fabulous. We will talk later about how you are enjoying the gardening

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at the moment, but it was not long ago that he was standing out there

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yourself moaning about referees. If you were the West Ham manager,

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would you have had a moan about the fact that this Zheng man is still

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on the pitch? Talking about two- footed tackles, but looks like

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Stephen Dawson is lucky to be there. At the time, I... For on that angle,

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it does not look so bad. He jumped in. I do not think he put the

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player at risk. He booked him for it. He jumped in with two feet.

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Well, I have seen them both. card? I don't think so, I do not

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think he was anywhere near the player. If he had made any contact,

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I think he was getting the red card. It is so silly for a player now,

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make, because you are left in the hands of what the official decides

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on the day. You do not do anything like that, because he could not

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quibble if he got a red card. He was low down by the time he got to

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the ball, but you cannot take two ft off the ground. Would he have

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gone off in the Premier League? Could well have done. It depends

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whom he is tackling! Have we mentioned at the start at one of

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the issues is that Barnsley in the middle, they cannot close their

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opponents down, because they have not got the men to do it, and it is

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indicative of their next goal. can hear Mark Bright saying that

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they need to get close, but they can't get close. Maynard and Nolan

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have great interplay, but the second centre-half ought to be

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nailing them. Is not going to run past them. There was no contact at

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all. They just sat in him. Nolan and Maynard have changed places. He

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comes in on his favoured foot as well. Sending him on the inside,

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you know he will shoot. That was a mistake, but it was a great finish.

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For that, it is a great finish. You could blame Barnsley, but what

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about the football that West Ham have played, a fabulous finish,

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great goal. We have talked about a goal related to a refereeing

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decision, a two-footed tackle, and we are undecided whether it was a

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red card... 3-0! You can discuss this one. Should the referee have

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given a free kick? If he has apologised for the foul, and sorry,

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it is a free kick, do not book me! The Barnsley should have dealt with

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that better. They are bad mistakes, decisions, the referee has the

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first one, an awful decision not to give a free-kick. They have got

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away with it, this is a bad decision. The goalkeeper makes a

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bad decision. If you cannot market, side-foot it out. I think, if he

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did, Maynard would be in trouble. But what a finish, Noble. Trevor?

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He catches... He has put his hand up, sorry, do not book the. But

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play goes on. Mark Noble has done really well, he is right in the

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corner. A lot of teams would have got back. He puts him under

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pressure and made the opening for himself. Really good, he keeps a

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clear had, Sam will be delighted. They have worked and pressed really

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well. The dilemma is, when you play in the hole and you get these days,

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they find it difficult at home to get in those little holes, because

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sides sit back at Upton Park, and that is where they have struggled.

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On the counter attack, they have played it perfect. They can press

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on Barnsley because Craig Davies is quick, trying to drop into the hole,

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Peter Number Ten, but Andy Gray is playing on his own up front. He is

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not going to run away, and West Ham can play our on top of him, and it

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has suited West Ham, they have been able to press with comfort.

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Fantastic first half for West Ham, the home fans and spend most of the

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time taking photographs of you through the window. Time to show

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you how their rivals for automatic promotion, second-placed Reading,

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got on against Leeds. Dan O'Hagan for Thompson. Red card! Because of

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this. Studs up, both feet off the deck. His manager is absolutely

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livid with him. Reading have taken an amazing 34 from the last 39

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points on offer. Ian Harte's cross against the post! It almost became

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a lot more for Reading and Ian Federici. A rare chance for Leeds.

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league goals inside the last 10 minutes of matches this season. --

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it's -- their last 16 League goals. Adam Le Fondre! It is a massive

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goal. Colossal for Reading. The man side to fill the shoes of Shane

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Long has maybe scored a goal to propel his team closer to the

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going top. No question now. A goal West Ham will curse and Southampton

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will rue. Two goals in six minutes from super sub Adam Le Fondre.

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Promotion looms large for Reading. Many games have been won in the

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last 10 minutes. We have faith in the players, they have faith in

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themselves and they know what is themselves and they know what is

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required. We have done it and it is a great win. A great win indeed and

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fantastic momentum at the moment mean they would be three points

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Whoever ends up going up, they will be looking to make an impact on the

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Premier League might Swansea have. They have been in action against

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They have been in action against Newcastle this afternoon. It is

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currently two-0 Newcastle. This is at the Liberty Stadium. Papiss

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Cisse has both goals. You can see that game and 70s -- Saturday's

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seven other matches on Match of the seven other matches on Match of the

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Day. There was a time when you were taking control of the West Ham team.

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How impressed have you been with the job Alan Pardew has done this

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season? It wasn't expected after all of last year's turmoil. It was

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a difficult time, taking over after Chris Hughton. He was a surprise

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appointment. I have got a lot of time for Alan Pardew. We approached

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Reading and took him from there. He did really, really well. He got us

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up second time around in the play- offs. We had a great first season

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where they got to the cup final and I'm sure any West Ham will tell you

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about Steven Gerrard's last-minute equaliser. It just went wrong for a

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variety of reasons and he left. As a coach, man-manager, he is very,

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very good. It hasn't surprised me. Demba Ba was always going to be a

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snip for whoever picked him up. Cisse was one and their scouting

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system has to be really good because they have brought in some

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very, very good players. At the moment, they are in the competition

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for the top four. When you on a role like that, you just feel you

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can beat anyone. Brendan Rodgers in the dug-out today. How impressed

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have you been with him? He is in the short list for manager of the

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year. Paul Lambert as well. So he should be, and Steve Kean as well.

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Brendan Rodgers has done a fabulous job. The way they've played. I

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think they have had 70% of possession again. Party has done a

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remarkable job. They have had a wonderful season. Always keeps

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surprising. There's a packed weekend of sport ahead on the BBC

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with something for everyone, starting tomorrow lunchtime.

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Every chance I get to play, I try to impress and that is all I can do.

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I was more pleased with the Arsenal performance because that is what it

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was, it was a top-class Premier League performance. What a goal!

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get the technique right, you have a good chance of scoring. I practise

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Imagine you're in the Barnsley dressing room, reliving memories,

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what would you be saying? There's only one thing you can say. The

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fans have turned up to watch and you have to give them something to

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shout about. If they get a goal, they will be behind them and we

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will get a great atmosphere. They got spanked and the first half.

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were not impressed with Vaz Te's haircut, but we have been impressed

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with the team. Rob Green will hope to have a quiet half. This could be

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a big day for West Ham. All they a big day for West Ham. All they

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have to do is get the results, starting today. Southampton and

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Reading have to play each other. Southampton are at home to

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Portsmouth tomorrow. Anything can happen. They have to pick up the

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points and see what happens. Time for the second half with West Ham

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second half started. Work to do to reduce the deficit if they can, and

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restore a bit of self Yorkshire pride. Absolutely out played

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throughout the first 45 minutes. Except a bright spell in the first

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five. West Ham United are just 45 minutes away from a new club record

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12 away League win since -- wins in a season. Quite an appropriate

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place for that record to be set today. Their first ever away league

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game was on this ground, Division Two in 1919. Barnsley won 7-0!

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Contrary to belief of some, Dickie has been enough for promotion. They

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are still on target to get that. Reading and Southampton will have

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to slip up somewhere. Trevor just fed, a South cast -- South Coast

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derby tomorrow. You're hoping more than anything for the teams around

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you to make mistakes. Southampton go to Crystal Palace next week.

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They will get a draw! Reading are at Brighton. A couple of injuries

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backwards from the throw-in, all during the half-time break. Whether

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they have any effect, we will see. Can you see West Ham going for more

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or will they he's off a little bit and make sure they don't get hit?

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don't think you can change now. Some will have said, excellent

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first half, can't ask for more, clean sheet, three goals. I expect

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a response from them at the start of the second half. Expect a little

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flurry for 10 to 15 minutes. Just sit a little bit and leave Nikkei

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Maynard up front with Vaz Te and then we can start to ease away in a

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game full Park -- Nicky Maynard. I would expect them to be under

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pressure at the start of this half. Barnsley need to work harder.

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Pressing and closing. You don't have to be talented to do that.

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just saw David Cattrall -- Cotterill, is their best bet from

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the flanks? I think so. In a race he has the better of McCartney. But

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-- O'Neil swung it in. As soon as the ball gets wide, he is off.

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Taylor was behind Nolan. If he had left that... It is difficult to

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score from that kind of distance. Tomkins put his arms around Andy

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new contract, his deal runs out in the summer. West Ham had been

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linked with Kilmarnock's canny bell. They want Rob Green to stick around

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if he possibly can. Going up might be a major factor in that. He has

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got himself back into the England set-up, he should beat in the party

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to go to the east of Europe in the end Barnsley in the opening seven

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and a half minutes? I just wondered whether Higginbotham was trying to

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make three up front, but he did not, he dropped back into his left side

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position. Still playing 4-4-2, and you have to apply pressure and go

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together, the midfield have to work together. They are outnumbering

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West Ham in midfield, but they very nearly kept it in. That was

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close. A mistake by Button, he did not take any chances. If they can

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get this guy into the game a little bit more, as we have said, with the

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way that West Ham were so well, under pressure he has to give it

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back for turnaround and goes flat. exchange. Button palms it away, but

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Vaz Te is in to tap home against his home club. 4-0, West Ham, it

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really is all over now, and Ricardo back, and you have got to say, look

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at the Spacey Has down the right hand side. Where is Wiseman? This

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looks like it is going in, but the reaction of Vaz Te, just a little

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bit quicker. He has so much space, selling us of far too early, Cottle.

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You need your defenders to help you out. An easy tap-in. No celebration

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against his old club. The player who scored a dozen goals for

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Barnsley in the first half of this season has now scored a 4th West

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Ham goal against them on this very Good Friday if you are a hammer.

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Barnsley 0, West Ham United 4, and West Ham will stay in pursuit of

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can hear all around Oakwell now. The substitutes are getting

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on the ball than anybody else. positional sense, keeps it going,

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Maynard, and he nearly foundered, brilliant! Button was beaten, and

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second of the game, the ease with which she comes off the defenders,

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are allowed to turn, no pressure, sweet strike, excellent strike. He

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was very unlucky. Here is the substitution. Why a strike that was

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from Nicky Maynard. He has scored the last four times that he has

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played here. For Bristol City and now for West Ham, and that would

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have been the pick of the bunch. The change sees the Mall replaced

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early. Danny Collins is on. George McCartney is going to switch across

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and play at right-back. He does not look too happy about it, George

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McCartney. We have seen that he has got a sweet right-foot! Yes, he can

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show you what is happening in the away end at Oakwell. The West Ham

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fans are doing the conga. Think back to one week ago, the mood as

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Reading won 4-2 at Upton Park. Many of that lot would have been there.

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I have seen a lot of West Ham this season, and this is the best I have

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seen them play. Not to be outdone, has put it wide. I am not sure he

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expected it to come to him. It looks like it comes off the heel.

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Once again, good play, a great delivery. He just tries to cushion

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it into the back of the net. Look at that behind David Button, the

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Barnsley fans are having their own little Congo. -- conga. A Barnsley

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substitution, Lee Collins is on. He is taking the place of Scott

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Golbourne. He is on loan from Port Vale, and a permanent move will

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next season to come pretty quickly now. He has got to make sure our

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safety this season first. It has been difficult for him, trying to

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cut the wage bill. Still try to compete and get promotion. There

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are some big spenders in this Well, he has only just come onto

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the pitch. It is just a basic slip, he was under a little bit of

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right foot. The corner has been of play. -- lips that one. Backing

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up, backing up, and in the end he changes his mind. You get caught in

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between. As you say, when you are 4-0 up, that is OK. Four goals in

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aren't you, in the run-in? Two last couple of games. Ricardo Vaz

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Te, I have got to say, Barnsley's drop in form has coincided with his

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departure. Jacob Butterfield injured as well, he is the captain,

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making a move to the Premier League but out for the rest of the season

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substitution. David Perkins is going to come on, Jimmy O'Brien is

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going to come on as well, both making their way back from injury.

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Smith is one of the numbers up. And Gray Davies is coming off as well.

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Perkins is back from a knee injury, he has been out since mid-February.

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Jimmy O'Brien came back last weekend from a groin problem. Craig

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Davies is off. I'm sure I was calling him Craig David, he did

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something else on a Friday if I improvement from recent weeks.

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Just give the fans something to cheer about. They have not put West

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better of it. Maynard was closer last time when he hit the bar.

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excellent pass from Kevin Nolan, quick glance over the shoulder,

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that is an excellent pass, he teases the goalkeeper. He does not

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free kick, it is Kevin Nolan, and I think he is going to get a caution.

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There is no doubt about it, it is a booking, isn't it? He will first

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explain to Noble and then Kevin Nolan will take his fracas. Giving

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potential chance for a break. They won the ball. He fell over in to

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him! He got there as quick as he They have got Jimmy O'Brien to

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Always a difficult one, heading towards your own goal, you know you

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have to head it up in the air and annoying. You can't put West Ham

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under pressure and then you get an opportunity to keep them under

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pressure from a set-piece and you put the ball out of play. It was

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not even close! It is too much for some Barnsley fans to take. There

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were some real moans and groans. Henri Lansbury. A good opportunity

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for him to play. 4-0 up away from home. By all accounts, he scored a

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cracker in a development squad game on Tuesday. The reserves. Against

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QPR. I watched the next generation! when their left-back is flagged

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offside! -- West Ham know they are Gary O'Neil will go off. He has put

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in a good shift. No complaints, worked really hard. On comes Henri

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QPR on Tuesday night. They won 2-1 and Lansbury scored from 30 yards.

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He is the player West Ham fans wanted to see come on against

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Reading last Saturday. Sam Allardyce put Danny Collins on

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instead. I think they will be happy with how he has managed the team

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until the end of the season, I'm sure. That is what fans want, a

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little bit of hope. The stats say fifty-fifty possession, but the

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attempt on goal spare -- tell the against any top eight side. They

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haven't kept a clean sheet against any top half team this season, and

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so it goes on. Just to reiterate, four of their last five games will

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be against top half teams. They will have to buck that trend.

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Winston Reid has barely put a foot wrong. He has been impressive. As

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at full stretch. Once again, Perkins was just shouting. What is

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going on down the right hand side? taken it over the touchline. --

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Foster thought the West Ham Manor. All of the games are coming quickly.

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They play Birmingham on Monday. it up by Lansbury. It is whether

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you have enough players to change the team, especially with the

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strikers. One player I have been impressed with his James Tompkins

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at centre back. Composed, good with the ball at centre-back. He has

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dominated air really today. -- area midfield. West Ham fans have not

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been happy about that. Yes, as a holding midfield player, but it

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O'Brien will want to do better with this than with his last effort.

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it. Lovely strike. Not easy to do. The ball comes across your body. He

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was easy enough for Rob Green once the field, West Ham have reasserted

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their dominance. He plays further forward than Mark Noble. He likes

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to play off the front. Kevin Nolan Mark Noble. The ease with which he

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got that far, virtually from the one coming from West Ham. Tomkins

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had a go at! I was giving him a glowing report about his composure

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in possession and his awareness. Exam looking nice and comfortable.

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David Sullivan and David Gold absolutely delighted that they made

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the trip up the M1. Or maybe they took this -- took to the skies.

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is very good on Twitter, David Gold. what they want. Pass the ball

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around, keep it. Yes. Get a clean sheet and go home with the points

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and get ready for Birmingham on Bank Holiday Monday. Get ready for

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the run-in. Birmingham, Brighton, former player to come back and

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score. What has been your favourite goal? Are you thinking? Ironed tea

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in you up to tell us about something you did on this ground

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ones. I did score the best goal of my career on this ground. I was

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reminded by one of the directors. It was a screamer, honestly. I will

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tell you about it afterwards. have talked about it before! I can

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available. Rapper Dudar -- Papa Bouba Diop will come on imminently.

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One of the press guys said they had Portsmouth in the past. Just a big

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converged around Higginbotham. shirts. A good example today from

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West Ham, working hard. A long trip up on Good Friday. Well worth it.

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There will be plenty that live locally, they have fans all over

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the country. Hammer's? Yes, quite a of West Ham fans as well. Main

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Ida's offside. It won't count. -- Maynard. I thought Lansbury was

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going to strike it when he got to the edge of the box. Maynard goes

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quite gone the distance. We didn't think he would play at all, he went

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off at half-time last week, but he has lasted 80 and making his first

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appearance since January, Papa Bouba Diop. A Yes, when I saw Mark

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Noble was in the starting line-up, I was staggered. He had a thigh

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strain, I was told. I thought he would be out for four or five weeks.

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There's a difference if you have a tightening of the muscle. We are

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told he had a groin injury. to some kind of consolation.

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Higginbotham! Nobody could get a decisive touch. Well, excellent

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delivery. A lovely touch as well at the near post. I thought he was

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offside at first, but no. The shape of the ball coming into the goal

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helps it into the back of the net. He is really unlucky. It is one of

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very few opportunities Barnsley have created in the second half.

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Higginbotham is at Barnsley because he found opportunities limited at

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Huddersfield, having only just joined them from Falkirk at the end

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of January. Simon Grayson joint and decided Higginbotham would not be

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used by him in the near future and sent him off straight away. Keith

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Hill was happy to have a player he knew well from Rochdale. He has

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done as much as he can today. I thought he started the game

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brightly. Just playing off the take the throw-in. He has done ever

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so well, the games I have seen him playing for West Ham. He played

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very well when they lost 4-2 last to do it. The only thing that

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Perkins was going to do was head kept it away from Higginbotham.

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Barnsley corner. West Ham had six a good covering from right-back by

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 40 seconds

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Scott Wiseman. Excellent on that this do to Barnsley, their 6th

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defeat in seven games? They have lost eight of 10 now. Though

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statistics speak for themselves, but the man of the defeat, too.

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was too easy, just too easy today. I know they are playing one of the

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top teams in the division, but they did not compete in the first 45.

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They allowed West Ham far too much space. It strains confidence on the

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run-in, when they need another few points. Like many people, they go

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to Blackpool on Bank Holiday Monday. On the basis of what we have seen

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today and the fact that Blackpool won at Watford this afternoon, I do

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not think they will have a pleasant day out. Needs must, Blackpool

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charging into the play-off division. Crystal Palace. Did he tell anyone

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anything useful? He is a good coach, actually, one of the old Crazy Gang,

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the original. Story to tell, I am sure. Not are there! -- not on

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Barnsley will not want to see any time added on, and West Ham will be

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happy if the board is blank as well. Above Bouba Diop has given it away.

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almost as if they had scored a goal. said that Stephen Foster was man of

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the match. Barnsley's man of the match. The centre-back getting

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suggest to me that somebody is not has given up watching. I don't want

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to tell them what happened at Headingley earlier, Kent got more

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than 500 against Yorkshire. He has on the run-in, it tease them up

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nicely for Birmingham on Monday. I said before, you want a positive

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reaction from the team. In many ways, the fans will be saying this

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is the performance they needed record against Vale as a manager,

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of what happens next season if West Ham do not go up. The board have

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stated that Sam Allardyce will definitely be in charge next season,

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or whatever. I think that was David Gold, wasn't it, on Twitter? West

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Ham have come close to getting a Dominant. They scored an early goal.

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Good travelling fans today. board has gone up, at least three

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more minutes for Barnsley to endure. That was a shot, believe it or not!

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performance than what I saw against Reading. I know they are promotion

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contenders, as opposed to a team trying to get away from the

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relegation area, but it is about how you play, and their football

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has been better, their passing, their movement, their defending.

:08:59.:09:08.
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fantastic support from West Ham today, travelling up to watch, an

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historic moment, 12 away wins in the league. A new club record.

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got seven more points than they have at home this season. Too many

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draws. They have to do it on home turf on Monday when Birmingham City

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go to East London. It should be a big game for the people in charge.

:09:56.:10:06.
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club's point of view, would you worry for Barnsley now, or is it

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just one more win? A couple of draws, that is what you might say.

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But listen, the teams around you, if they get a result, all of a

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sudden panic sets in. Keith Hill was a guest on a late kick-off

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programming Yorkshire and Lincolnshire a few weeks ago, and

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that at point they were poised to since. Coventry have found some

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form as well, haven't they? Millwall are hovering. Nottingham

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Forest have come up with a couple of big results as well. As you know,

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in football, you cannot rely on control right from the start up the

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match, and they have won comfortably. Your thoughts quickly.

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A big reaction from the 4-2 defeat against Reading, they knew that

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Reading and won today, they knew what they had to do, and that is

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all they could do. A clean sheet, 12 away wins, a good day for West

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Ham. Listen, there might be a few twists and turns in the tail yet.

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Problems for Barnsley, but for West Ham, Sam Allardyce said they will

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have to win all six now, and that is the right way to start going

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about that task. Easy for them So a decent awayday for those away

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fans, one win down, five to go for Sam Allardyce, and you can see the

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celebrations in the away end, but for the home side it was a team

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that know they are pretty much safe from relegation. I think they are,

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the others have got to win four to get above them. They have not 18,

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Keith Hill has got a team that he has got from lower leagues, that I

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would not swap one of the West Ham players for the Barnsley players.

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West Ham should come here and win, and they have done a professional

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job, a good performance, and they have took Barnsley apart. With the

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players they have One Show, they should do. Keith Hill will stay up

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with his team, without a doubt. haves against the have-nots in this

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division. To a certain extent. It was a game that I expected West Ham

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to win. What they have got to do now is try to take it, two home

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games, Birmingham on Monday, Brighton the following Saturday,

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and they are not won at home since the beginning of February.

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Psychologically, they have got to keep the pressure and transferred

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the good away form into winning at Upton Park. That is their big

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challenge. Sam has said they need to win every remaining game, is

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that a bit of bluster and the psychological tactics. They are

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only three points away from automatic promotion. It is sewing

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de-seed in the players' heads, why not settle targets high? If you say

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anything different, what response will he get? You have got to set

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out with that intention. Southampton and Reading are winning,

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I know they have got to play each other, but you have to set off with

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that intention. We can hear from the manager of West Ham United, Sam

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Allardyce. Imaginations, a terrific win, the reaction you were looking

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for after Reading last week. -- can write relations. He has, we broke a

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club record today, which I am really pleased about for the

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players and the fans who have supported us. We gave them

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something to cheer about all the way through, and we have been that

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good at all season away from home. It is just a shame that we cannot

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transmit that into our away form, our home form, sorry, and results.

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It is a terrific result, well deserved, played ever so well, and

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obviously pleased for the fans because the goals went in at their

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end. It is a long journey for them today, and we gave great

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Four very different goals. With the pick of them have been from Mark

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Noble? You have to credit the rest of the team on how well they have

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closed down Barnsley. The quality of the finish was outstanding. But

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I thought the first goal from Nicky Maynard was excellent. Vaz Te...

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All of the goals were good today and it was a great performance and

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an important clean sheet for top we've got everything right today.

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On we go to the next game. Does a result like that and a performance

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like that give you confidence that automatic promotion this Delyn

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site? It is still inside. We have extra pressure today because we

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knew Reading had won. I wondered if it would affect the lads and it

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affected them in the right way. They gave a performance with a lot

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of quality. I'm really pleased we got the wind and broke the club's

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away record for wins in one season. A well done. Thank you. We were

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thinking for a minute the record was the most numbers of tattoos and

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dodgy haircuts for Barnsley! 12 away wins in one year. They have

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had some criticism from their home supporters, but they've come here

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and got a result and performance. The goal from Vaz Te sums up the

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The goal from Vaz Te sums up the day for the visiting team.

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wonder if they can get a reaction at the start of the second half.

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Once you get the fourth goal... He knocks it well ahead of him and

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shapes to cross. Could he have pushed it wider, Vicky Barr? Vaz Te

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reacts and once you get the fourth, that is going in. It was this gay -

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- same scoreline that Reading had him last month. It get them back

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into frame on the goal-difference side. More than anything, the away

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form has been outstanding and in the Premier League, away from home,

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they were so fragile. They always conceded three if they scored two.

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Sam has sorted out the defensive side. At home it's a different

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mindset. Tim's turn up and they sit back and West Ham are expected to

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attack. It is a different mindset, a different way of approaching the

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game. The other teams sit back and catch West Ham on the break. I

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think they have just played exceptionally well today. It suits

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them, playing away. Why that is I don't know because West Ham can be

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an intimidating place when they are playing well and winning. It is a

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brilliant ground. The atmosphere is fantastic. But if they are not

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playing well and not winning, it can be a horrible atmosphere.

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expect and sea level... -- expectancy level. The tension comes

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and you can sense it as a player. and you can sense it as a player.

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That is when you need a couple of characters to get hold of the game.

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Perhaps West Ham enjoyed not being Perhaps West Ham enjoyed not being

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at Upton Park today. I'm not sure the Barnsley fans enjoyed being at

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Oakwell. A catalogue of -- a catalogue of defensive errors.

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thought Vaz Te would attack that really well. Somebody would have

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been designated to Mark Nolan. If anybody does it any better... This

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is great football. Talk about whacking the ball! They have been

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terrific. That finished his outstanding. He kept his head well,

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Mark Noble. They passed the ball well. Nicky Maynard dropped back

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into the hole. Mick was talking about central defenders pushing in

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and they were not doing that. At home, there is not that space

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because they sit as a four and the midfield four and there's no space

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for a striker or the midfield to get it and that is when they start

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trying to knock the ball longer. Didn't they let them off the hook?

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They let them off the hook with the first sign. We never saw if there

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were any signs of nerves from West Ham. They gave them a goal from a

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Ham. They gave them a goal from a corner. Well done to West Ham. A

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bad day for the home side. Some other big games in the race for the

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other big games in the race for the automatic promotion places in the

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Championship this afternoon. Leeds frustrated Reading for much of

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their game following the early sending-off of Thompson. Until six

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minutes from time when substitute Adam Le Fondre bundled home. He

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made sure of the points in stoppage time. 12 wins in 14 games for Brian

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Would you fancy West Ham in the play-offs? They've got the fight.

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They've got the experienced players as well. But Blackpool and

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Birmingham have had great seasons. The play-offs are fabulous for fans

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and people not involved, but as managers and players they are a

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nightmare. Trevor started shaking his head. The problem is, if you

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look at their history, the side that finishes third, they never go

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up. Somebody comes in late. Start shipping goals and go down to

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fourth or 5th! Birmingham are for fat the moment. West Ham have two

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big home games coming up. How much would West Ham love to have the

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would West Ham love to have the kind of impact in the Premier

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League that Swansea have had? They took on Newcastle today and this is

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how it finished. Cisse got both of the goals. This is how it leaves

:21:27.:21:37.
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That will change tomorrow when Plenty of Premier League action

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this weekend and you saw a lot of it as a manager this season. I'm

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not sure what Wolves were planning for when they got rid of the man

:22:08.:22:12.

who delivered their best finish in the last 30 years, but it wasn't

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one point from the last six games. How has it been watching them?

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still very much involved emotionally because Terry, is a

:22:20.:22:26.

great friend of mine, a great coach. It has been tough for him. I think

:22:26.:22:30.

we would have stayed up with me in charge. Would I say anything

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different? We did have a bad run, I didn't want that. But you have to

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take it on the chin. It is one of the things about modern football

:22:39.:22:44.

now. You can't sack a player but managers get given no time. It has

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been difficult this season, some strange decisions in every league.

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It just seems to be, can you hold your nerve? Supporters get more

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vocal and you have the social networks where they have a debate.

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The owners then look at the social networks and they get affected.

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was the first time we dropped into the bottom three, on goal

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difference, all season. I can understand it because it was West

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Brom that we lost heavily to. It was a horrible, horrible day, but

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it was the first time we had been in there and we got out during the

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last game of the season last year. We were scrapping away but I still

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thought we would have done it. But it was not to be and good luck to

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them. There's another vacancy you might apply for. We still don't

:23:32.:23:38.

have an England manager. You're on the panel! Of the team going to be

:23:38.:23:43.

badly prepared with no manager in place before Euro 2012? I don't

:23:43.:23:51.

think so. Whoever gets the role, naturally, they can't get anyone

:23:51.:23:55.

together until the first warm-up game on May the 26. Yes, they would

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want to be looking at the opposition and doing the analysis.

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Everything is in place. But you could not get the group together.

:24:05.:24:08.

There are sensitivities so we always said we would leave it until

:24:08.:24:13.

the latter part of the season. You have little flurries of speculation.

:24:13.:24:17.

But nothing will happen until the latter part... You don't want to

:24:17.:24:24.

reveal anything right now on the BBC? No, no! Mick McCarthy is with

:24:24.:24:27.

the BBC for the European championships and it will be a good

:24:27.:24:31.

Jake Humphrey is at Oakwell for live coverage of Barnsley's Championship game against promotion-chasing West Ham.

The Hammers have seldom been out of the automatic promotion places since October, as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League under the adroit stewardship of Sam Allardyce.

In contrast, Barnsley's form has nosedived over the last four months, not helped by losing leading scorer Ricardo Vaz Te to West Ham in the January transfer window. Vaz Te has settled in quickly at his new club - what price him scoring a decisive goal on his return to Oakwell?


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