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Barnsley manager Dave Bassett
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Sunday, 10 September, 2000, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Five-star Fulham return to top
Mitch Ward and Barry Hayles
Red-carded Mitch Ward slides in to tackle Barry Hayles
Fulham 5-1 Barnsley

Louis Saha scored a first-half hat-trick as Fulham maintained their 100% start to the First Division season with an impressive victory over Barnsley.

The Frenchman got his first in the sixth minute when he headed home a Fabrice Fernandes free-kick.

His second came in the 29th minute when Tykes goalkeeper Kevin Miller did well to block a shot from Barry Hayles, only for Saha to blast home the rebound.

We've stepped up a gear from last year and we're reaping the benefits
  Sean Davis, Luton midfielder

His third came from the penalty spot after Miller had brought down Bjarne Goldbaek, and even Fulham's fourth goal was made by Saha - his low cross was slid in from close range by Hayles.
Louis Saha
Louis Saha fires his hat-trick from the penalty spot

Substitute Luis Boa Morte rubbed salt in Barnsley's wounds with a finely taken 88th-minute goal after Matty Appleby had reduced the deficit.

Barnsley finished the game with 10 men after Mitch Ward was sent off for two bookable offences. He earned his second yellow card in the 62nd minute but it was not until three minutes later that the fourth official was able to point out his error and Ward was dismissed from the field.

It was another superb performance by the Londoners who could have won by a bigger score against one of the division's better sides.

It hurts me to say it, but they were much better than us
  Dave Bassett, Barnsley manager
They hit the woodwork twice, had another effort cleared off the line and were thwarted several times by Miller.

Fulham's only mistake was to let the visitors get a goal in the 72nd minute. They had just brought on three substitutes and were still reorganising when Appleby ran through to score a consolation.

The visitors had their moments but they were few and far between. Mike Sheron wasted a good chance in the first half but for most of the game they were chasing shadows and finished a well-beaten side.

Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Coleman, Davis, Goldbaek, Clark, Fernandes, Saha, Hayles. Subs: Hahnemann, Boa Morte, Hayward, Lewis, W. Collins.

Barnsley: Miller, Regan, Morgan, Appleby, Ward, O'Callaghan, Van Der Laan, Sheron, Shipperley, Corbo, Barnard. Subs: Walker, Moses, Woan, L. Jones, Neil.

Referee: A Hall (Birmingham).

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