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West Ham 1-0 Barnsley

Championship    2011-12
Upton Park   34,749
1Robert Green    
3George McCartney   
18Julien Faubert    
5James Tomkins    
21Papa Bouba Diop 1  
4Kevin Nolan    
48Daniel Potts    
16Mark Noble    
11John Carew    
9Carlton Cole    
30Frederic Piquionne    
19Freddie SearsSubed #11   
22Henri LansburySubed #18   
 PosTable as at 17 Dec 2011PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2West Ham United22623191272218843
4Hull City227041512533111039
5Cardiff City227222113362151238
6Leeds United225241515533211535
9Brighton and Hove Albion22533151242581132
10Leicester City226141711254121430
12Crystal Palace2136196506121430
14Birmingham City19630134226131829
15Peterborough United226142619236152028
16Derby County225241613326101928
19Ipswich Town215061717325152526
21Bristol City22236914335121921
22Nottingham Forest22326111931771721
23Doncaster Rovers22344812209112419
24Coventry City22245111403861913
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West Ham 1 Barnsley 0

A rare goal from Papa Bouba Diop sent West Ham joint top of the npower Championship with victory over Barnsley.

The veteran Senegal midfielder found the net for the first time in English football since he scored for Fulham against Blackburn - exactly six years ago to the day.

The Hammers wasted numerous chances to add to Diop's early header, but Barnsley could not take advantage and a sell-out Upton Park was able to celebrate victory after two successive defeats had dented their promotion bid.

The win moved Sam Allardyce's side level on points with leaders Southampton, who play at south-coast rivals Portsmouth tomorrow.

West Ham went into the clash riddled with injuries and suspensions, so boss Allardyce could have been forgiven for thinking the world was against him when Abdoulaye Faye pulled out of the warm-up.

That meant left-back George McCartney filled in at centre-half with 17-year-old Daniel Potts, son of former Hammers skipper Steve, fast-tracked into his debut.

However, the home side shrugged off that early blow and took the lead after just six minutes, Mark Noble swinging in a corner and Diop launching his considerable frame above the Tykes defence to crash his header past Luke Steele.

Potts only signed a professional contract the day before the game, and his first appearance came just two years after he was given the all-clear after a battle with leukaemia.

The youngster was showing no signs of letting the occasion get to him and twice almost set up another goal with fine left-footed crosses which Carlton Cole and James Tomkins failed to make the most of.

The Hammers shouted for a penalty after 18 minutes when Fredi Piquionne's run into the box was halted by Jay McEveley, but referee Scott Mathieson was not impressed.

Cole should have doubled the lead on the half-hour when, having run on to Noble's through-ball, he appeared to have done the hard work in holding off two defenders and side-stepping Steele only to screw his shot wide.

And just before the break a last-ditch challenge from Rob Edwards prevented Piquionne from finding the net.

Allardyce has bemoaned his side's lapses of concentration for letting in crucial goals this season and they dozed off again at the start of the second half, moments after a stray cat had interrupted proceedings, but Rob Green made a fine save from Edwards' header.

With seven minutes left Allardyce felt Freddie Sears should have had a penalty as the youngster tumbled in the area, and in his frustration aimed a kick at some plastic bottles before being sent to the stands by referee Mathieson.

But Allardyce took his seat among the fans and watched his side see out a nervy ending to get back to winning ways.


West Ham Green, Faubert (Lansbury 67), Tomkins, Potts, McCartney, Noble, Diop, Nolan, Piquionne, Carew (Sears 56), Cole.

Subs Not Used: Stech, Montenegro, Driver.

Booked: McCartney.

Goals: Diop 6.

Barnsley Steele, Wiseman, Edwards, McNulty, McEveley, Ranger (Haynes 67), Perkins, Addison, Vaz Te (O'Brien 66), Butterfield, Davies.

Subs Not Used: Preece, Hassell, Foster.

Booked: Davies.

Att: 34,749

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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