West Ham 1-1 Stoke: Carroll denies Potters joy in London

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

The Potters had looked on course for a priceless victory in their battle against the drop when former England hitman Peter Crouch climbed off the bench to give the visitors a late lead.

The draw lifted West Ham seven points clear of the relegation zone, leaving the Scotsman reasonably satisfied with his sides toil over the past three matches: "I think the points we have taken in recent weeks have been really important".

West Ham boss David Moyes is ready to recall Andy Carroll for Monday's clash with Stoke City.

"I thought all three subs played really well when they came on but I have to say, I didn't think we'd need them because I thought we had played well enough to be in front", Moyes explained.

Carroll, who came in as a late substitution, brilliantly volleyed home a ball from Aaron Cresswell in the 90th minute.

Meanwhile, Stoke chief, Paul Lambert, said: "If we'd got the three points, I thought we'd deserved something from the game anyway". I couldn't ask for any more from my players'.

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"If we can do that (beat Burnley), it will set the cat right among the pigeons", said Lambert. In the main, we played well and were on top when they got their goal. The couple have been targeted since the Northumberland official, who was on duty at West Ham last night (above), gave Real Madrid a disputed penalty from which they knocked out Juventus in last week's Champions League quarter-final.

West Ham had the ball in the back of the net after 65 minutes but Edimilson Fernandes' low strike was ruled out due to Arnautovic being flagged offside, which obstructed Jack Butland's view.

Playmaker Manuel Lanzini returns to the bench tonight, and joins Adrian, Patrice Evra, Josh Cullen, Jordan Hugill, Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez as substitutes.

And while Hart floundered, Butland did his World Cup hopes no harm with a string of saves, including one with his face from ex-Stoke man Marko Arnautovic's close-range shot.

Stoke's best chance - bar the goal - came moments after Arnautovic's disallowed goal when Diouf blazed over from six yards out.

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