The Rolling Stones will carry out on the London Stadium subsequent month, and on Monday evening the previous and the infirm helped set the stage.
First Peter Crouch got here off the bench to defy his 37 years and rating his first aim since November to supply Stoke a glimpse of three treasured factors of their battle for survival. Then Andy Carroll got here on to volley the equaliser, a splendid volley from a cross by Aaron Cresswell.
Javier Hernandez thought he had scored a late winner however the aim was dominated out for handball in opposition to Carroll within the construct up. Nevertheless one level fits West Ham greater than their guests who stay in a backside three which is being lower adrift.
Peter Crouch scored with 11 minutes remaining to seemingly earn an enormous three factors for relegation threatened Stoke Metropolis
Crouch tapped in after West Ham keeper Joe Hart fumbled Xherdan Shaqiri’s effort for his first aim since November
Nevertheless West Ham striker Andy Carroll hooked residence on the 90 minute mark to maintain the Potters 5 factors from security
MATCH FACTS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
West Ham (3-4-2-1): Hart 4; Rice 6, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 6.5; Zabaleta 6, Kouyate 6, Noble 6.5, Masuaku 6.5 (Lanzini 81); Fernandes 6.5, Mario 6 (Carroll 86); Arnautovic 6.5
Unused subs: Adrian, Evra, Cullen, Hugill
Aim: Carroll 90
Bookings: Kouyate 85, Cresswell 90
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland 8; Zouma 6, Shawcross 7, Martins Indi 6, Pieters 6; Allen 6, Ndiaye 6.5; Bauer 6 (Crouch 70, 7), Shaqiri 6.5, Sobhi 5 (Cameron 61, 6); Diouf 6
Unused subs: Grant, Sorensen, Campbell, Fletcher
Aim: Crouch 79
Bookings: Crouch 80, Martins Indi 82, Ndiaye 90
Ref: Michael Oliver 6.5
Att: 56, 795
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Marko Arnautovic was a relentless menace from proper wing for West Ham, as proven by his warmth map. For extra stats and info, take a look at out unique MATCH ZONE service right here.
Paul Lambert’s staff are 5 factors from security with 4 to play however no less than there was proof of a fireplace nonetheless burning within the closing phases of this sport. For the primary hour they had been timid and second finest and saved within the sport by their goalkeeper Jack Butland.
West Ham opened like a staff with confidence restored having adopted an important residence win in opposition to Southampton by taking some extent at Chelsea on their final outing.
Reminiscences of the anarchic defeat right here in opposition to Burnley, an event marred by pitch invasions and protests, gave the impression to be lengthy forgotten as Arthur Masuaku compelled Jack Butland into the primary save of the evening.
Masuaku drove the ball at aim low from a good angle and Butland save along with his left leg. One other save was required to maintain out a deflected effort by Marko Arnautovic from an analogous space.
Sportsmail columnist Crouch celebrates his aim – however West Ham equalised to maintain Stoke firmly in peril of the drop
Carroll – who had solely come on 4 minutes prior for his first sport in 4 months – hooked in an Aaron Cresswell cross
Jack Butland goes full stretch to attempt to hold Carroll’s shot out, nevertheless it went in to maintain the Hammers 5 factors clear
Arnautovic drew jeers and songs of abuse from the travelling followers. He left Stoke for West Ham final summer season in a £27million switch and turned on the model when he returned to the Potteries and scored in opposition to them in December.
West Ham boss David Moyes could have been happy to listen to the response from the away finish. Arnautovic appears to be at his finest when he has a private grudge to avenge and has scored all 9 of his West Ham objectives because the appointment of Moyes in November.
Joao Mario displayed contact and imaginative and prescient to create one other sharp likelihood for him earlier than half-time. This time, Arnautovic dragged it throughout aim and extensive.
With Glen Johnson injured, Stoke boss Paul Lambert deployed Kurt Zouma at proper again in a flat back-four. The guests resisted the early stress and, as the primary half descended right into a scrappy affair low on high quality, created a few probabilities on the counter-attack.
Joe Hart saved from Moritz Bauer, arrange by a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri, and from Mame Biram Diouf. Hart made two distinctive saves to protect some extent at Chelsea and England boss Gareth Southgate was on the London Stadium to verify on stories of his revival.
West Ham’s Marco Arnautovic headed previous Jack Butland within the 55th minute nevertheless the aim was disallowed for offside
Arnautovic reacts after his header was disallowed for offside, denying the Hammers a lead in opposition to Stoke Metropolis
The assistant’s flag additionally went up after Edimilson Fernandes scored, as Arnautovic was stood offside and in Butland’s approach
Butland, one other underneath Southgate’s scrutiny within the contest to be understudy to Jordan Pickford on the World Cup, made an essential if unorthodox save earlier than the interval.
Pablo Zabaleta turned a cross from Mark Noble inside to Arnautovic and his firmly struck shot on the flip smacked the goalkeeper full within the face.
Butland saved from Noble and from Joao Mario both facet of half-time break. The Stoke keeper was crushed 10 minutes into the second half when Arnautovic met a cross by Aaron Cresswell with a glancing header, however the flag was up and the aim dominated out for offside and it proved the right determination, albeit it very tight.
Edimilson Fernandes thought he had scored when he drove previous Butland from 25 yards however once more the aim was dominated out. Arnautovic was clearly offside within the keeper’s eye line as he stepped over the ball.
Arnautovic got here closest to opening the scoring within the first half for West Ham in opposition to his former membership Stoke Metropolis
The West Ham ahead was twice denied on the close to publish by Butland a throughout cagey opening 45 minutes
Arnautovic additionally struck a shot throughout the face of aim as West Ham seemed to maneuver nearer to Premier League security
Referee Michael Oliver was taking cost of his first sport because the explosive Champions League quarter closing between Actual Madrid however he obtained these two calls proper with the assistance of his assistant.
Oliver and his spouse Lucy have been the targets of abuse by some Juventus supporters since he gave Actual a penalty to win the tie in stoppage time and despatched off Gianluigi Buffon.
The sport loosened up because it handed the hour and Stoke took extra dangers and made adjustments. Diouf turned over a cross by Bauer and West Ham had been compelled to interact in some defending.
Cresswell compelled Butland right into a fantastic save from a deflected free-kick earlier than Crouch’s aim unleashed a frenzied closing spell. The previous England striker pounced when Hart failed to carry a low strike by Shaqiri which fizzed throughout the turf by a crowded space.
Stoke celebrated however Carroll levelled within the 90th minute and West Ham might be glad with one other level took their whole to 35, seven away from the drop zone.
The ultimate 5 fixtures are powerful for the Hammers however they’ve a cushion and they’re buying factors and are actually three video games unbeaten.
Arthur Masuaku performs a sliding sort out on Moritz Bauer through the first half of the sport on the London Stadium
Mark Noble heads the ball underneath stress from Joe Allen as two relegation battlers squared off on Monday night
Mame Biram Diouf makes an attempt to win the ball again in opposition to Declan Rice for Stoke, who began the sport 5 factors off security
Xherdan Shaqiri runs away from Fernandes of West Ham who began the sport 5 factors away from the underside three
England worldwide goalkeeper Butland gathers the ball simply earlier than it drops to Arnautovic at first of the second half
West Ham supervisor David Moyes and his assistant Stuart Pearce talk about ways throughout a primary half with the hosts on high
Stoke Metropolis supervisor Paul Lambert previous to kick-off, with the standard West Ham bubbles swirling round him
Two younger West Ham followers pose for the cameras earlier than the beginning of a vital sport on the backside of the Premier League