Allardyce hails performance
Sam Allardyce was delighted with West Ham's performance after they eased to a 4-0 victory at Barnsley, but Keith Hill felt embarrassed by his side.
Last Updated: 06/04/12 8:58pm
Sam Allardyce was delighted with West Ham's performance after they eased to a 4-0 at Barnsley on Friday night.
The comfortable win also set a new club record as the Hammers took their 12th away win of the season to keep the pressure on Reading and Southampton at the top of the Championship.
The result at Oakwell was never in doubt, and Allardyce was pleased with how his side dominated the game.
"We found a cutting edge and it was a fantastic, professional performance," he said.
"We've broken the club record for away wins in a season, which is a great achievement.
"It's very pleasing because it's always difficult to play away from home. It's just a pity we haven't won more games at home.
"The front men are finding the back of the net and we scored three great goals in front of our fans in the first half.
"It was a great strike from Nicky Maynard and he could have scored with another great effort late in the game
"It was great for Vaz Te to come back to his old club and score.
"I'm delighted because it was a great, all-round performance.
"The pressure was on us after Reading won earlier in the day. Winning was the only thing for us and we did that. We did that with style and showed we could handle the pressure situation.
"We now face Birmingham City on Monday and that will be a tough test for us. We need to try and grasp another three points and see where we go from there."
For Barnsley the result means they have won just once in their last 10 games, and Keith Hill was at a loss to explain his side's performance.
He said: "I was disappointed with the result and the performance and I can't defend that as a manager.
"It was always going to be difficult but we shot ourselves in the foot magnificently. Even John Wayne couldn't have done it better.
"The only positive that I can salvage is that it wasn't six, seven or eight because it could have been even more embarrassing. We could have been more than three goals down at half-time.
"You have to have the finance to be successful. I would like to spend on a squad what they spent on Kevin Nolan.
"They recruited Maynard and Vaz Te in the January transfer window. We are not, in any way, a competitor to West Ham.
"I hate it because I want to be successful. It's at times like this that we've got to be brave and accountable."