Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sub Carroll strikes late to dent Stoke's survival hopes

West Ham 1 Stoke City 1

Andy Carroll (second left) celebrates scoring West Ham's late equaliser against Stoke at the London Stadium. Photo: PA
Andy Carroll (second left) celebrates scoring West Ham's late equaliser against Stoke at the London Stadium. Photo: PA

Matt Law

Karren Brady had urged us all to tune into her new television show at 8pm and right up until the 90th minute it seemed the West Ham United fans would have been well advised to have taken their vice-chairman's advice.

It looked like Stoke substitute Peter Crouch had made it another miserable night for the home crowd, until West Ham threw their own big man on and Andy Carroll rescued a point.

It was 15 minutes before kick-off that a message on Lady Brady's Twitter account read: "15mins until my new show Give it a Year starts on ITV, hope you watch it and hope you enjoy it!"

Whether or not Brady and her social-media team realised that Give It A Year clashed with West Ham's game against Stoke is not clear, but nobody would have predicted the thrilling finale to what had largely been a poor game.

West Ham had three second-half goals disallowed, but Carroll cancelled out Crouch's goal at the death to deny Stoke a first league victory on the road since October and leave Paul Lambert's men in big relegation trouble.

Michael Oliver was refereeing a game for the first time since giving Real Madrid the decisive Champions League penalty against Juventus and sending goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon off and after a dull first-half, he had an eventful evening.

West Ham United manager David Moyes and Stoke City manager Paul Lambert before kick-off. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
West Ham United manager David Moyes and Stoke City manager Paul Lambert before kick-off. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein

Arnautovic had a goal ruled out for offside minutes before Edimilson Fernandes danced away in celebration when his low shot hit the net, but Arnautovic, who had attempted to help the ball in with his heel, had been standing yards offside.

Crouch, however, had no such issues when he pounced on a dreadful error from Hart to give Stoke the lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.

That should have been the moment that gave Stoke hope, but Moyes sent on Carroll and, with 90 minutes on the clock, the striker brilliantly volleyed Cresswell's low cross past Butland.

Hernandez had the ball in the net again in stoppage time, but Carroll was judged to have committed a handball and West Ham had to be content with a point. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Bruno Martins Indi attempts to block a shot from West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Bruno Martins Indi attempts to block a shot from West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Peter Crouch reacts quicker than West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart to give Stoke the lead. Photo: PA
Peter Crouch reacts quicker than West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart to give Stoke the lead. Photo: PA
Stoke City's Jack Butland in action. Photo: REUTERS
Stoke City's Jack Butland in action. Photo: REUTERS

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