Andy Carroll’s dramatic slack equaliser boosted West Ham’s Premier League survival hopes – and took Stoke City nearer to the Championship.
The hosts are seven factors certain of the relegation zone, with Stoke 5 factors adrift of safety with four video games left.
Stoke regarded predicament for a first resolve in 10 video games when Peter Crouch took objective appropriate thing about Joe Hart’s fumble to rating.
However fellow replace Carroll, in his first look since January, volleyed dwelling a closing-minute equaliser.
The Hammers belief they’d won the sport when Javier Hernandez scored in hurt time, but it absolutely changed into disallowed for a Carroll handball within the construct-up.
It changed into the 1/three draw they’d ruled out within the sport. On the well-known occasion Marko Arnautovic changed into offside when he headed dwelling – and then he changed into interfering with play from Edimilson Fernandes’ shot.
All three choices earn been appropriate calls by referee Michael Oliver, following a recent few days in which he and his wife earn been pressured after he awarded Valid Madrid a closing-minute penalty in opposition to Juventus and despatched off Gianluigi Buffon within the Champions League on Wednesday.
With all aspects’ Premier League areas in jeopardy, it changed into a hotly contested sport for the expert to address – the match produced 36 fouls, the joint-highest in a Premier League sport this season.
Is Stoke’s 10-year Premier League discontinue coming to an stay?
Stoke City felt they earn been unhappy in most in sort defeats by Arsenal and Tottenham, and manager Paul Lambert said they’d to derive “something” out of this sport at London Stadium. Alternatively it’ll really feel love one other loss, having come so with reference to handiest a 2d resolve in his reign.
They did now not earn too many certain draw-scoring chances with Ramadan Sobhi, Moritz Bauer and Mame Biram Diouf all producing straightforward saves from Joe Hart within the well-known half.
Stoke’s most keen chance – bar the draw – got here moments after Arnautovic’s disallowed draw when Diouf blazed over from six yards out.
Lambert wanted to be mettlesome and he changed into when he introduced on 37-year-historical Crouch for Bauer, who changed into playing in midfield but is in overall a defender.
It regarded as if it had paid off in some sort when Hart spilled Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot and Crouch changed into dwelling from close differ.
Stoke earn been within the Premier League for 10 years – and Crouch’s draw made him the Potters’ top scorer in that spell, with strike number forty four taking him past Jon Walters.
However unless they earn got a turnaround in fortune within the closing four video games, he is now not going to earn many more chances to broaden that narrative.
Has Carroll saved West Ham?
West Ham are really seven factors above the relegation zone – it would earn been four but for Carroll’s slack intervention.
Trustworthy as Lambert gambled to bring on Crouch, Hammers boss David Moyes did the equal when he launched fellow ex-England striker Carroll, who had now not played since January as a result of an ankle hurt, within the 86th minute.
four minutes later, the 29-year-historical changed into celebrating a essential equaliser as he swung a boot at Aaron Cresswell’s tainted from arrangement the penalty do.
All of the Hammers’ three disallowed targets gave the impression objective appropriate-looking choices. Arnautovic, a faded Potters participant, changed into honest offside when he headed in Cresswell’s shot.
He changed into then standing in Jack Butland’s eyeline when Fernandes scored from distance. And Carroll did appear to manipulate the ball alongside with his arm earlier than laying it off to fellow replace Hernandez.
Man of the match – Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)
Post-match stats – Stoke’s London woes
- West Ham earn misplaced handiest one in every of their past seven dwelling video games within the Premier League (W3 D3), having misplaced three of the six earlier than that (W1 D2)
- Stoke are with out a resolve on their closing 19 Premier League visits to London, drawing seven and shedding 12.
- The 36 fouls is the joint-highest tally in a Premier League sport this season with Chelsea v Man Utd on 5 November.
- Crouch is now on Sixteen replace targets within the Premier League (level with Javier Hernandez); handiest four gamers earn more (Defoe 24, Giroud 19, Kanu 17 and Solskjaer 17).
- Andy Carroll has scored three targets in his closing three Premier League appearances.
Stoke City are at dwelling to Europa League-chasing Burnley on Sunday (13:30 BST), while West Ham explain over with Arsenal on the equal time.