Post Match Analysis- Stoke v West Ham 2017- WHUFC’s first away league win of 17/18 season

West Ham claimed their first away win of the 2017/18 Premier League season as their revival under David Moyes continued following a fine 3-0 away win at the Bet365 Stadium against Stoke City.

Mark Hughes had never lost to West Ham in his managerial career at Stoke (W3, D5 prior to this outing), but a penalty from Mark Noble in his 300th Premier League game for West Ham, and late goals from former Stoke player Marko Arnautovic and substitute Diafra Sakho saw the visitors climb out of the drop zone.

With Crystal Palace winning away at Leicester in the early kick off, Stoke and West Ham were 16th and 19th respectively in the league table going into this clash, which was delayed by an hour owing to power failure at the Bet365 Stadium

Arnautovic goal vs Stoke 2017

Both teams made one change each. For Stoke, Kevin Wimmer came into the starting XI while James Collins took the place of the suspended Winston Reid in the back three for the visitors, with the Welsh international making his first appearance since the middle of September.

The first real chance fell to Stoke in the 17th minute when Ryan Shawcross hit the woodwork with his header. From the resulting counter attack, West Ham sped up the field via Masuaku and Lanzini, and the Argentine was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Erik Pieters. Up stepped Noble in his 300th game, and he sent Butland the wrong way to put the Hammers 1-0 ahead.

Stoke were furious- there were many who felt that Lanzini had dived to get the penalty and that Shaqiri had been fouled by Masuaku just before the counter was initiated, but referee Graham Scott was unmoved, and the Potters’ anger at him increased as the game went by, with several decisions seemingly going against them.

Noble was then taken off injured and replaced by Declan Rice, but West Ham retained their lead going into the interval. Both teams had 6 attempts, but Stoke had ZERO on target, while the Hammers had four. And this was against Adrian, who was dropped last November after conceding a late equaliser to this very team (remember the Bojan goal?), and didn’t start again till April.

Early in the second half, Mame Biram Diouf, celebrating his 30th birthday, gave away the ball cheaply and West Ham raced forward again, but Arnautovic couldn’t apply the finishing touches. The former Stoke player was booed by the crowd and him making the Hammer sign midway through the second half only caused the animosity to heighten. He had several chances to score against his former teammates and eventually managed it in the 75th minute, with Wimmer caught ball watching as a beautiful one two between Arnautovic and Lanzini saw the former slot in.

Like Arnautovic, substitute Diafra Sakho was given several chances by the Stoke defence, statistically the worst in the league, and he also got on the scoresheet as the Potters stumbled to their 5th defeat in six, heaping more pressure on Hughes.

At the end of the 90, Stoke had more attempts than West Ham, but still no shot on goal. They were decent in the second half, with Shawcross again going close and Charlie Adam causing several moments of anxiety with his pinpoint crosses, but West Ham have tightened up under David Moyes, and took their chances to walk away with their first away league win of the season.

The Hammers are now 15th in the table- the only downside might be a potential citing for Lanzini’s dive- we’ll hear more of that in the week to come.

Stoke 0-3 West Ham (Noble penalty, Arnautovic, Sakho)

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