Filed: Friday, 6th April 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are well on the way to a record 12th away win of the season after destroying their hosts in a completely one-sided half here at Oakwell in the day's late kick off.
United enter the half time break with a three-goal lead having completely overwhelmed their hosts, with former Barnsley forward Ricardo Vaz Te - who moved to east London in the January transfer window - being particularly influential.
Captain Kevin Nolan gave Sam Allardyce's side an early lead when he grabbed his 11th goal of the campaign with just seven minutes on the clock. Matt Taylor's corner was flicked on by Vaz Te leaving Nolan with the simplest of chances to score from virtually underneath the crossbar.
The Hammers doubled their advantage after 23 minutes when Nicky Maynard grabbed his second goal for the club since moving from Bristol City. The striker, playing up front alone once again played a delicious one-two with Nolan before firing expertly from 25 yards into the bottom right-hand corner.
West Ham grabbed what should be a decisive third just nine minutes ahead of the break after an horrendous error by Tykes 'keeper Button. The on-loan stopper lost the ball under pressure on the edge of the box allowing a lurking Mark Noble to lob the ball over his head.
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