West Ham 2 Barnsley 0: Spector and Piquionne strike to see off Tykes

09 January 2011 12:09
Who would be a manager? You win an FA Cup match, you are in the semi-final of the Carling Cup and within touching distance of Premier League respectability and for that your own fans taunt and jeer you as you make your way to your car.

'Sacked in the morning, you're getting sacked in the morning!' yelled a disgruntled group of fans when they spotted West Ham boss Avram Grant making his way to his vehicle.

Happy Hammers: Players hail Jonathan Spector after his opening strike

Others booed as though their team hadlost to Barnsley.

There is a board meeting on Wednesdaybut West Ham co-chairman David Gold insisted that Grant would survive the pressure to sack him, saying: 'He won today and that means we have only lost once in six matches. We are on a bit of a run.

'As long as we stay strong, stay together and stay close to our Premier League competitors we will get ourselves out of this.

Steele curtain: Zavon Hines has his shot saved by Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele

'Our board meeting was organised about six weeks ago and it is do with finance. I doubt whether Avram Grant's name will even be mentioned at that board meeting.'

Only minutes before his post-match ordeal, Grant had spoken openly about his job and his precarious situation.

Hammer heading to round four: Jonathan Spector (right) challenges Barnsley's Nathan Doyle

Pouring scorn on the theory that Roy Hodgson's sacking at Liverpool yesterday might be catching as nervous club owners become trigger happy, Grant said: 'Expectations at West Ham are not the same as expectations at Liverpool.

We have had a lot of injuries and we are still only two points from 14th position.' Goals from Jonathan Spector and Frederic Piquionne gave Grant some temporary breathing space or so he thought until he took the short walk towards his car after beating Barnsley.

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Source: Daily_Mail