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West Ham substitute Carroll snatches late draw against Stoke

West Ham substitute Carroll snatches late draw against Stoke

We're willing to fight and we have got the supporters behind us.

Crouch's 79th-minute goal had looked like giving the Potters a smash-and-grab victory when Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart, in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, spilled Xherdan Shaqiri's fierce shot. If we did, the football gods really would be against us'.

The visitors had not won an away game since October, and it desperately showed. "With the atmosphere in stadium, it is a hard place to come but I thought we were excellent".

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

Carroll's third goal of the season - in his first appearance since January - was a priceless contribution for West Ham, who are now seven points above the bottom three.

"That decade might be about to come to an end with Stoke six points off safety with only five games to play".

"We've still got four games left, we've got to win them, no-one's safe, and we've got to keep working".




Hart's failure to impress came while his Stoke counterpart Jack Butland - another contender for the England number one shirt - produced a solid display.

Chances were far and few in the opening stanza, however, Stoke keeper Jack Butland made a massive stop in the first half on Marko Arnautovic when the ball struck the face of the England worldwide.

Referee Michael Oliver was in charge of his first match since he caused a storm by giving Real Madrid a controversial penalty and sending off Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the Champions League last week.

"We had a few chances, goals disallowed, but for us, it's a good result".

First, Arnautovic converted Aaron Cresswell's cross, but he had strayed marginally offside.

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.

West Ham were again denied by the linesman's flag moments later when Javier Hernandez struck the ball past Butland, but Carroll was adjudged to have handled inside the area.


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