West Ham 1 Barnsley 0
Faye was injured during the warm-up to this game so Danny Potts was given his full debut at left back with McCartney moving to centre back. Up front Allardyce started with Cole, Piquionne and Carew.
West Ham made a great start to the game when Diop scored with a six yard header from a Noble corner in the sixth minute. In the 19th minute West Ham were denied the chance to grab a second by the ref. Piquionne was taken down in the area but the ref turned down what looked an obvious penalty kick.
In the 31st minute Noble played a good ball to Cole who did brilliantly to hold off two defenders and round Steele in goal but then from six yards the striker shot wide.
West Ham finished the half on the front foot. In the 43rd minute Piquionne and Faubert combined before passing to Noble. Noble brought the ball forward before shooting from 25 yards. The ball flew only just over the bar.
Barnsley came out firing at the start of the second half. A free kick was met by Edwards at close-range but Green got down well to divert the shot wide for a corner.
In the 56th minute Sears came on for Carew. In the 68th minute Allardyce was forced to make another replacement when Faubert was injured and replaced by Lansbury. The game remained evenly balanced without many chances for either side. In the 75th West Ham had a rare second half shot when Noble blasted over from outside the area.
In the 82nd minute Noble played Sears clear. Sears drove into the box and looked to be taken down. Again the referee decided against giving a penalty. The ref then ordered a livid Sam Allardyce to the stands.
In the end it was a hard fought win for West Ham. Allardyce will hope that the injuries to Faye and Faubert aren't too serious. It wasn't West Ham's greatest performance but they get the three points, Potts had a great debut game, Lansbury returned from injury and we go level on points with Southampton at the top of the league.