Allardyce celebrates gritty win

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Sam Allardyce showed he is up for the fight as his West Ham side battled against the odds to beat Barnsley 1-0.

A Hammers side missing a host of players through injury and suspension clung on to Papa Bouba Diop's early goal to move joint top of the npower Championship. And Allardyce's frustration boiled over when he was sent to the stand having protested once too often about some of referee Scott Mathieson's decisions.

Allardyce felt Fredi Piquionne and Freddie Sears could have had penalties while he was furious with Jim O'Brien's challenge on 17-year-old debutant Daniel Potts. He said: "The most disappointing thing for me was the challenge on Potts. It was reckless and dangerous."

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