Barnsley go down to Diop’s early header
Barnsley suffered a second successive defeat after what proved to be a frustrating afternoon at Upton Park.
Papa Dupa Diop sixth minute header was the difference between the two sides as the Reds’ were thwarted in their bid to win in the league at Upton Park for the first time in 92 years.
Boss Hill was keen for his side to bounce back from a 5-3 defeat at home to Ipswich Town last Saturday.
In the sixth minute the Hammers were in front when Noble’s left wing corner was headed home by forward Diop. It was poor defending from the Reds’ and they paid the price as the Upton Park faithful broke into full voice.
At the other end Vaz Te riffled into the side netting with a fierce right foot shot - it was so nearly the equaliser.
The Reds should have been level in the 22nd minute when Davies slipped past centre back Tomkins with some wonderful skill, but his deflected right foot shot flew inches wide of the left post.
In the opening minute of the second half the Reds’ had a header cleared off the line from Butterfield’s delightful inswinging free-kick.
In the 60th minute Davies went close with a right foot curling free-kick, but his effort was just over the bar.
Two minutes later Piquionne got a right foot shot horribly wrong as he dragged his effort well wide of the target.
With 20 minutes remaining substitute Sears was denied by a wonderfully point blank save from keeper Steel, but the chance wouldn’t have counted after a push in the box.
The Reds’ were still battling hard and dominating possession, but they still couldn’t find a break through as the Hammers held on.
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