West Ham 1 Stoke City 1: Substitute Carroll leaves Potters in peril

If we get a win on Sunday [at home to Burnley] it puts the cat among the pigeons.

But Moyes remains content with his team's return over the past three games, and is equallly pleased with the displays. "I wouldn't say it would guarantee safety, but in the main 40 points normally keeps you up".

The Potters boss was cursing his luck again as his side were moments from securing a precious victory at West Ham until Andy Carroll climbed off the bench to snatch a 1-1 draw in the last minute.

"If England get two injuries to goalkeepers you need your third keeper to be strong".

A run of four straight losses had seen Stoke's position appear increasingly perilous, the Potters in danger of slipping out of the Premier League after a 10-year top-flight stay.

"It is a blow because we were so close to winning".

"If we can do that (beat Burnley), it will set the cat right among the pigeons", said Lambert.

A 1-1 draw left the Hammers seven points above the Premier League drop zone with five games left and, crucially, kept Stoke in the bottom three.

After finding the net, Crouch was pressed into Stoke's rearguard action but Carroll's fine volley leaves them staring relegation in the face.

"Of course I love the club, I love the fans". The Premier League is so tough and every team is going to take a little chance. Instead of impressing the on-looking Gareth Southgate and England assistant Steve Holland, The Hammers goalkeeper blew his audition. Referee Michael Oliver, officiating his first match since last week's controversial Champions League quarter final between Juventus and Real Madrid had already ruled out three efforts on goal before the visitors registered.

"Joe's fortunately started playing for West Ham which is going to help, it is going to give Gareth a hard decision to make, whether he goes with Jordan or Jack we do not know".

His goal could be crucial in the fight for survival as it could very well save West Ham and condemn Stoke.

First, Marko Arnautovic converted Aaron Cresswell's cross with a deft header but he had strayed marginally offside.

Javier Hernandez soon rifled home what might have been a Hammers victor, but Carroll had handballed and no goal was given.

  • Julie Sanders