And Hammers’ Pedro Obiang very just about supplied it with an extraordinary contact of surprising extravagance.
From just about 45 yards out, the Spanish midfielder noticed West Brom keeper Ben Foster off his line and attempted an audacious try to catch out the England goalie.
He hit an incredible banana shot along with his proper foot that bent and dropped over Foster.
At first it appeared as though it was once heading harmlessly out of play however swung again heading in the right direction and bounced off the highest of the bar to go away fanatics at each ends gasping in wide-eyed bewilderment.
Would it had been objective of the weekend? Goal of the season extra like.
But again to that guy Barry, in 1998 Tony Blair was once toasting the tip of his first 12 months as Prime Minister, Boyzone had been best of the charts, and a slender youngster got here on as a 49th minute sub to make his Premier League debut in Aston Villa’s again 3 in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday, 69 days after his 17th birthday.
Barry has noticed avid gamers come and noticed them cross – and the day prior to this he equalled the record for Premier League appearances – 632 – held by way of Ryan Giggs. Now he’s poised to set a brand new record when Albion play at Arsenal in 8 days time.
Neat, tidy and quietly efficient, the 36-year-old may just even have been an not likely match-winner had his 12th minute header long gone below quite than over the bar, by way of a defender’s shoulder.
Sadly, this isn’t a recreation Barry will be mindful amongst all of the others, as that was once certainly one of most effective a few authentic straight forward probabilities created by way of Tony Pulis’ facet.
The Baggies didn’t get a shot heading in the right direction till the 88th minute.
West Ham weren’t any higher, Michail Antonio firing instantly at Foster in the primary part and Obiang doing the similar in stoppage time.
But it will were a special tale had ref Paul Tierney now not been so lenient when Foster was once most effective booked after he dashed from his house to take out Javier Hernandez.
Plenty of officers would have flashed a pink card to go away West Brom going through the remaining 24 mins with most effective ten males.
Some extent wasn’t sufficient to raise West Ham out of the ground 3 however it offers boss Slaven Bilic extra respiring area after remaining week’s first win of the season in opposition to Huddersfield.