Filed: Friday, 6th April 2012
By: Staff Writer
It's the first of six must-win matches for Sam Allardyce's Hammers if they are to stay in contention with Championship front-runners Southampton and Reading.
The Royals leapfrogged Southampton to go top of the table earlier this afternoon by virtue of a 2-0 win over Leeds - meaning that West Ham are now SIX points behind second-placed Saints.
It's a deficit that United can reduce to three points should they manage a win against lowly Barnsley at Oakwell this afternoon, with Southampton not playing until tomorrow lunchtime when they face local rivals Portsmouth at St Mary's.
Live updates from Oakwell will be provided throughout the afternoon on our forum match thread, which may be found here: www.kumb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=139522.
And for those supporters unable to attend this afternoon's match, a number of streams should be available from which you may watch the action live via the web - should you not have access to BBC1, who are transmitting the game live.
As usual, any available video - or audio - feeds will be listed in our streaming thread at www.kumb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=133293 (a number of which have been posted already).
KUMB.com will, as always, bringing you match summaries at both half time and the final whistle, with the thoughts of both managers to follow this evening/tomorrow morning and those of the opposition fans sometime tomorrow.
Meanwhile, if you've not already had the chance to take a look check out Preview Percy's unique look ahead to the game here: www.kumb.com/article.php?id=3019.
This afternoon's line-ups
West Ham Utd: Green, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Noble, O'Neil, Nolan, Vaz Te, Taylor, Maynard.
Subs: Collins, Lansbury, Diop, Baldock, Cole.
Barnsley: Button, Higginbotham, Foster, Dawson, Wiseman, McNulty, Golbourne, Smith, Davies, Cotterill, Gray.
Subs: Lidakevicius, O'Brien, Perkins, Tonge, Collins.
Referee: Tony Bates.
Assistants: Christopher Kavanagh and Tony Peart.
Fourth Official: Gary Sutton.
Today's other Championship fixtures
Reading 2-0 Leeds Utd
Burnley 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Watford 0-2 Blackpool
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