West Ham v Stoke as it happened

As it happened

By Aimee Lewis - BBC Sport

In summary

  • FT: West Ham 1-1 Stoke (2000 GMT)
  • Jon Walters puts Stoke in front
  • Joey O'Brien levels after the break

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    West Ham must now prepare for Sunday's match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, while Stoke host Fulham on Saturday. While Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis head home to plot the downfall of their next opponents, I shall bring this evening's live text commentary to a close. Thank you, as always, for your contributions. Join Chris Bevan on Tuesday for an evening of Champions League football, featuring Chelsea and Manchester United, both with tricky trips to Juventus and Galatasaray respectively. Bye for now.

  2. 2227

    This evening's strikes takes the tally of Premier League goals over this weekend (and Monday) to 35, the most productive round in the Premier League so far this season - and the most since April 28-30 last season, when 36 strikes found the net. Where would we be without stats? Struggling to find anything to write about, I suppose.

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    Stoke manager Tony Pulis on the corner routine which led to the opening goal: "We worked on it for two or three days and never scored a goal in training! It was a great ball in and a great finish by Jon Walters. I'm not supposed to say this, but we obstructed a player. When you work on something on training and it comes off, then obviously it's fantastic. Our lads had to defend for their lives in the second half."

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    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "We could have finished them off with more clinical finishing, but there is another point on the board for us and we have to settle for that. I liked the way we sustained the pressure on Stoke, the belief and the spirit was not dented by the early goal. I think everyone in the second half raised their game, took Stoke to the wire and I think everyone would say we deserved the three points."

  5. 2211

    So, I've dusted off the record books (sort of) and come across an interesting fact: Stoke are now on their longest run without a top flight away win since 1984 to 2009 (set over two periods in the division). Tony Pulis's men are winless in 16 Premier League matches away from home. And, interestingly, Stoke goalscorer Jonathan Walters has not been on the winning side in each of the last six Premier League matches he has scored in.

  6. Some Body on Twitter: (external) "And that is why Stoke & West Ham will always only ever be Stoke & West Ham. #BBCfootball #BoringestEver"

    Mutelo R M on Twitter: (external)"Andy Carroll giving it the lip service when he got substituted. You''ve started 8 & scored 0 bro, just leave it yes."

    Rob Byles on Twitter: (external) "Baines surely makes the Movember 11, both on ability and his formidable effort at facial growth."

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    West Ham captain Kevin Nolan: "We were unlucky in the end. We created enough chances to win it. I was guilty of two missed opportunities but it's a great result after going 1-0 down to these guys. It was a good game. A great point in the end."

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam: "In the first half I thought we were excellent, but we switched off two minutes into the second half. Overall, we should be pleased with a point because they're going well."

    Adam on the corner routine which led to Jonathan Walters's goal: "I think at this level you need something different, and we've been working all week on it and we knew there was a gap there. Fortunately it worked and we deservedly went 1-0 ahead. This is a tough place to come."

  8. Liam on Twitter: (external)"How can anyone seriously suggest Nolan should be picked for England? Spends more time abusing officials than playing the game!"

    Don Limani on Twitter: (external)"I can see the match is really exciting(!) the focus is more on Movember than what is happening in the match!"

    James King on Twitter: (external)"RE Movember XI: Get David Seaman out of retirement to play in goal."

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    So West Ham remain seventh with 19 points, while Stoke are 14th - a point behind Norwich and Newcastle - with 13 points in the bag. A draw was probably a fair result, with the visitors edging the first half while West Ham dominated after the break. By the way, you can read Mike Henson's match report as it's already been pinged up on the website.

  10. 2153
    FULL-TIME West Ham 1-1 Stoke

    Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble combine to create half a chance for Carlton Cole, but Noble's looping, hopefully, cross into the box was perhaps asking too much of his striker. And that proves to be the final chance of the match as the referee's whistle blows. As you were as far as the Premier League table is concerned.

  11. 2149

    Second corner to West Ham in as many seconds... the ball finds the head of Winston Reid but his header, from eight yards, kindly falls for Asmir Begovic. The home fans, you feel, sensing a late winner, although Stoke now have the ball and Mark Noble has conceded a free-kick for a foul on Charlie Adams.

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    Wonderful play from George McCartney as gallops from the left byline, drills a low cross which Asmir Begovic cut out at the near post. Four minutes of added time... and West Ham threaten again courtesy of a corner.

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    SUBSTITUTION

    Andy Carroll, sweat perspiring from every pore, is still without a goal in the claret and blue, makes way for Carlton Cole while Matt Taylor replaces Modibo Maiga.

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    Substitute Guy Demel, on the edge of the box, looks up, whiffs a chance, but he lashes his effort wide. West Ham content to play across the defence. Patience is a virtue, folks. The home team disappointingly give away possession and Sam Allardyce decides to make a host of changes.

  15. Rob, Durham, via text: "RE David Movember XI: Theo Walcott would have to be involved given his current form, and Michael Owen can't be denied his role on the bench!"

    Ali Al-Balaghi via text: "RE David: Don't forget about Walcott and Owen in that lineup! A goalkeeper is needed though."

  16. 2140

    Just under 10 minutes remaining, not included added time, and there's a lovely ebb and flow to the game: West Ham dominating possession while the visitors threaten on the counter-attack. Andy Carroll becoming more influential as the clock ticks on, but more outside the box than inside. No-one can criticise the striker's work ethic, though.

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    Mohamed Diame comes close to topping an industrious display with a goal, but the midfielder's radar was just a tad off target. Steven Nzonzi then bisects the West Ham defence with a wonderful pass down the left wing, but the linesman deems Jonathan Walters to be off-side, much to the disbelief of Tony Pulis.

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    SUBSTITUTION

    I'm guessing Sam Allardyce must be the manager of the movember XI?! Anyway, back on the pitch and Tony Pulis is looking a rather animated on the sidelines while goalscorer Joey O'Brien makes way for Guy Demel as Allardyce freshens up his line-up.

  19. David via text: "Wonder who would make a movember XI? Crouch, Whelan, Huth and Walters would surely make the team."

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    SUBSTITUTION

    Off trots Matthew Etherington and on jogs Michael Kightly. More food for thought - Stoke have scored only three second-half goals this season. That puts them bottom of the Premier League's second-half goals table.

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    The West Ham midfield dictating the tempo although, worryingly for the Hammers, Kevin Nolan has hopped off the pitch and is currently receiving treatment. Just under 20 minutes left, we're all square but the home side look the more threatening.

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    Kevin Nolan galloping down the wing, posing the Stoke defence all sorts of problems. The captain's doggedness gives Mark Noble the opportunity to hit a hopeful cross towards Andy Carroll, who is proving to be a nuisance and earns his team a corner, although it all comes to nothing. Zero. Nadda. Zilch.

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    Stoke currently only threatening from set plays. Steady goalkeeping from Jussi Jaaskelainen ensures Ryan Shotton's long throw poses as much threat as a startled ant. The home team again penetrating down the left, with Nolan attempting to outfox Asmir Begovic but the Bosnian proves to be as wily as they come.

  24. MediaItem: 55601962
    Steve Claridge - BBC Radio 5 live at Upton Park

    "Anything you can do... After Tony Pulis's routine brought about the first goal, that was Sam Allardyce showing that his side can work a set-piece as well. Not far away that from Gary O'Neil."

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    CLOSE!

    West Ham camped in opposition territory, with the lively Modibo Maiga causing all sorts of problems on the left. A cute pass from Mohamed Diame sets Gary O'Neil free on the left, but his curling effort whizzes agonisingly wide. Sam Allardyce wincing from the sidelines. That was close.

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    A third corner... a fourth corner... Peter Crouch twice comes to his team's rescue, heading away the danger. West Ham have Stoke in a vice-like grip at the moment. The visitors are creaking but as soon as I type that, Matthew Etherington prepares to take a corner at the other end of the pitch.

  27. MediaItem: 55601962
    Steve Claridge - BBC Radio 5 live at Upton Park

    "It has gone from pretty pedestrian to a million miles an hour. It is fantastic stuff. It is a great game of football, incredible how it has turned around."

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    CLOSE!

    Robert Huth has had a couple of sticky moments, twice conceding cheap corners. Andy Carroll is jostling inside the box, and the alert Modibo Maiga nearly directs the England striker's venomous header towards goal. Asmir Begovic's legs prevent the ball from going over the line. Gary O'Neil snatches at the follow up.

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    Excitable energy reverberating around Upton Park, with Kevin Nolan conducting West Ham's attacking play. The captain spraying it left towards the tricky Mdoibo Maiga. The pressure eventually tells, with Stoke conceding a free-kick, although Mark Noble's punt into the box comes to zilch - as does his corner seconds later. West Ham dominating possession, though, and even though he doesn't look it at the moment - bellowing directions towards his players - I'm sure Sam Allardyce will be happy about that.

  30. MediaItem: 55601962
    Steve Claridge - BBC Radio 5 live at Upton Park

    "We have seen two fantastic moves, West Ham have got down outside of Stoke on both occasions. They should have scored from the first one and they did from the second. It feels like a completely different game from the first half. It suddenly looks stretched and Stoke have lost that control that they had on midfield."

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    GOAL West Ham 1-1 Stoke - Joey O'Brien (47 minutes)

    Mohamed Diame's shot is blocked, but he directs his ricocheted effort towards the path of Gary O'Neil who then whips in a menacing cross for Joey O'Brien. The 26-year-old gets the better of Ryan Shawcross, tapping in from close range beyond the hapless Asmir Begovic. A first Premier League goal for O'Brien and the West Ham fans are in full song.

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    Neat play down the left by West Ham, George McCarthy crosses for Kevin Nolan but the former Newcastle midfielder, well inside the six-yard box, can only direct the ball towards the diving Asmir Begovic. What a chance. What a miss.

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    KICK-OFF

    Charlie Adam gets the second half under way at Upton Park and in a blink of an eye the visitors are threatening, Ryan Shotton hitting a long ball into the box.

  34. Simon Aindow on Twitter: (external) "When and how did Mark Hughes' management career go down the tubes?"

    QPR head of media and communications Ian J Taylor on Twitter: (external) "Rumours suggesting Mark Hughes has been sacked as QPR manager tonight are not true."

    Jon Taberner on Twitter: (external) "Nice to see West Ham gettin the stick for the long ball team, that tags been haunting us for years!"

    Niklas Lanwehr on Twitter: (external)"Cannot see Kevin Nolan ending this game without a booking - hes got his mean face on and will explode soon."

  35. 2059

    Replays showing just how brilliantly worked Stoke's goal was. The wily Jonathan Walters was standing on the back post when Whelan was about to take the corner, but quickly dashed behind the West Ham defence, towards the near post, to finish clinically from 12 yards. A perfectly executed training ground routine. No wonder Tony Pulis was gambolling on the touchline after Walters's first-time effort.

  36. BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley on Twitter: (external)"Jaaskelainen deep in conversation with ref Chris Foy as they walked down the tunnel. No prizes for guessing what was said."

  37. MediaItem: 55601962
    Steve Claridge - BBC Radio 5 live at Upton Park

    "It has been difficult for West Ham, they have pushed Kevin Nolan on and got overcrowded two for three in midfield. Without the threat down the flanks, they have offered little coming forward. Aside from a little half chance for Kevin Nolan, Stoke have dominated from minute one."

  38. Jason Williams on Twitter: (external) "Maiga needs to take Nzonzi shooting practice sometime and show him how it's done."

    Jack Bentley on Twitter: (external)"*This* is how we (Stoke) play! Get into the final third, then play. Don't let them play in our half. Clever and enjoyable."

    Sanj on Twitter: (external)"That was some strike form Nzonzi...Maiga's was some strike too...just for all the wrong reasons

  39. 2047
    HALF-TIME West Ham 0-1 Stoke

    Whistle blows and nervous murmurs ripple around Upton Park. Stoke, looking the more threatening in attack, deserve their lead.

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    Good work from George McCartney as the defender steals the ball in opposition territory. Eventually, the ball finds Mohamed Diame who wastes possession with a hopefully attempt, which bobbles across goal. The linesman indicates two minutes remaining and the Hammers go long in search of Andy Carroll...

  41. 2044

    Kevin Nolan falls to the ground in pain, looks like the Hammers captain has suffered a nasty knock on his shin after a clash with substitute Ryan Shotton. Glenn Whelan sportingly kicks the ball out, allowing the physio to trot on with the magic sponge. It seems to have done the trick, the captain gingerly walking towards the sidelines.

  42. 2040

    An interesting stat from Infostrada - it is two-and-a-half years since West Ham last won at home in the Premier League after conceding the opening goal - the 3-2 victory against Wigan in April 2010. Of course, worth remembering they were in the Championship last season.

  43. 2037
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    The crossbar is still rattling after Steven Nzonzi takes a first-time 25-yard whack which has the beating of Jaaskelainen but not the crossbar. Seconds later, Modibo Maiga's effort is equally as spectacular but, unfortunately, for the West Ham forward it's not nearly as precise as Nzonzi's attempt. Let's just say the ball is probably still in orbit.

  44. 2036

    As Andy Wilkinson trots off, the noise inside the stadium rises a few decibels as West Ham threaten. The Hammers work it from defence, through midfield and into Andy Carroll, but the ball fails o stick tot he big striker's feet. Stoke take a more direct route: Steven Nzonzi controls the ball with his chest and takes a shoot but his effort his high and wide.

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