Fortune favours West Brom in Hammers stalemate


Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has tipped Gareth Barry to reach 700 Premier League appearances, with the former England midfielder on the brink of matching the Welshman's all-time record.

The Hammers started the new Premier League campaign with three consecutive defeats and as such although they did not beat the Baggies, a point will settle the ship somewhat after their win over Huddersfield Town last time out.

"Obiang had that wonderful effort which I think surprised everyone in the ground, never mind Ben Foster, that came off the bar". He will probably break Giggs' record next Monday away to Arsenal.

"I will stop when I stop enjoying it and I will know when I have had enough and can't keep up with the boys".

The former Manchester United man has shown that he can be a devastating finisher when given consistent football, but Bilic is struggling to find tactics that allow him to play through the middle when the England global is available.

His current boss Tony Pulis said: "From the outside, over the years, watching the lad play, I've always been a great admirer".

"He's like Fletch (Darren Fletcher) in lots of ways. You don't really think about these milestones when you're playing, you just look to keep playing well every week, do a job for your club and stay in the team", Barry wrote in the club's programme before the game.

Barry has also been capped 53 times for England and admitted he has given no thoughts to stopping yet. "It was a game where there wasn't many chances, but West Ham are a good side, and they've come and they've worked very hard today".

He said: "As I've said you admire him for a difference and since we've brought him in he hasn't surprised me with his attitude, his application and his dedication to his professional sport".

4 - clubs Barry has played for in the Premier League - Villa, Manchester City, Everton and now West Brom.

"He is a top person and a top player".