West Ham stun Stoke at The Britannia

West Ham United stunned Stoke City at the weekend by running out 1-0 winners at The Britannia Stadium.

It looked like being a tough day for West Ham when Peter Crouch overhead kicked Matt Taylor straight in the moosh and knocking the midfield player spark out in just the 10th minute of the game.

Taylor was brought back to the land of the living eventually but was immediately substituted as a precaution with Jack Collison taking his place.

West Ham then threatened to run out of substitutions when Joe Cole had to be replaced by Ricardo Vaz Te after pulling a hamstring in the 11th minute.

Vaz Te, who has had a tough time hitting the heights he did last season in The Championship, was very impressive and gave West Ham a constant threat to Stoke City’s defense and was always busy looking for the ball.

It was Vaz Te who helped break the deadlock deep into first half injury time, after picking the ball up on the half way line and bursting towards the Stoke goal, playing a one two with Andy Carroll who looked to have been pulled down by a Stoke defender, before sliding a perfect through ball to fellow substitute Jack Collison who fired the ball home past Begovic much to the delight of the travelling West Ham supporters.


Second Half

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was screaming for a penalty just after the interval after Cameron Jerome went down like a sack of spuds in the box, however on closer inspection it showed a marvelous tackle from Joey O’Brien to just toe poke the ball away to deny a certain goal from Jerome who was just winding up the smash the ball home.

West Ham had numerous chances in the second half to put the game to bed, with the best chance falling to Matt Jarvis whose close range shot after some neat build up play was smartly saved by Amir Begovic, but in typical West Ham fashion it remained 1-0 to leave the supporters biting their nails to the very end.

Stoke almost secured a draw when Liverpool reject Charlie Adam thundered a volley onto the West Ham crossbar from outside the box and then had another penalty claim turned dow for handball, but again it would have been very harsh on West Ham as it was definitely ball to hand.

Much Needed Win

West Ham finally halted their dismal away form after a run of 5 consecutive defeats on the road for Sam Allardyce’s men.

Another fact for West Ham fans is that this was Stokes second home defeat of the season which shows you how tough a place to go and get 3-points The Britannia is, but West Ham managed it which was a fine result for the team.

What with the majority of the other teams in the bottom half losing it was a good weekend for West Ham who climbed up to 11th place on 33 points and move themselves clear of the relegation scrap which is starting to heat up at the bottom.

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