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West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Marko Arnautovic equalises
Marko Arnautovic scored in the fifth minute of injury time
  • Stoke end run of three straight defeats
  • West Ham have one win in 10
  • Cresswell hits brilliant early free-kick
  • Arnautovic strikes after two disallowed goals

Marko Arnautovic salvaged a point for Stoke with an injury-time equaliser at West Ham.

The Austrian struck after twice having a goal disallowed for offside.

Aaron Cresswell's brilliant early free-kick had put West Ham ahead, but Stoke dominated for much of the remainder of the match.

Mame Biram Diouf was unlucky to see a header come off the inside of the post, but after the hosts looked to have clung on, Arnautovic struck late.

Allardyce questions West Ham 'mental strength'

Stoke's dominance of possession looked to have been fruitless, but a brilliant flick from substitute Stephen Ireland set up Arnautovic whose two earlier attempts had been correctly flagged.

It was a sickening blow for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who had insisted before this game that he is making plans for next season with the east London club, despite his contract at Upton Park expiring in the summer.

His side remain one place above Stoke in ninth, but have just one win in their last 10 Premier League outings.

Stoke ended the first half on top, but they had been chasing the game from early on thanks to an outstanding piece of skill from Cresswell.

Aaron Cresswell scores for West Ham
Aaron Cresswell scored his second goal for West Ham since moving from Ipswich last summer

After Enner Valencia, back in the side after three games out with a toe injury, had won a free kick, the ex-Ipswich left-back swung the ball powerfully over the defensive wall to leave Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with little chance.

Cheikhou Kouyate also tested Begovic from outside the area, but Stoke spent much of the rest of the half in control.

Victor Moses' scuffed shot deflected wide off Carl Jenkinson, but Stoke's more forceful approach came to nothing and Kouyate wasted a chance to double West Ham's lead after Valencia tore out of defence with a sharp break down the right flank.

Mark Hughes' side kept pressing after half-time to claw something from the game and end their run of three consecutive defeats.

Needs a bit of work in training
Of goals conceded by Stoke this season, 45% have come courtesy of set-piece situations.

The first of Arnautovic's disallowed goals preceded a chance for Diouf to equalise, but after the substitute had shaken off his defender he saw his header rebound to safety off the inside of the post.

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Kouyate's firm shot was kept out by Begovic at his near post, but the latter stages of the match saw Stoke pour forward.

Arnautovic saw another goal chalked off, but there was no doubt about his dramatic equaliser.

Ireland deceived the home defence with a deft touch, allowing his team-mate to race in on goal before driving the ball past Adrian into the bottom corner.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "It's bewildering at the moment, since Manchester United we have thrown seven points away in the final seconds of the game.

"You tally those up, that's 50 points, looking good and its a really good season, but throwing this one away is bitterly disappointing.

"The lads showed a lot of nerves, and it was a very good goal from Stoke but it is difficult to take. We have to be more capable of seeing the game out."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "For us it was one of those days, we conceded to a great free-kick but we kept going and showed great character.

"We could not quite find the final ball, but credit to the lads because they stuck at it and deserved to get something. They were the better team, so we got some reward but probably not what they should have had."

Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble of West Ham
Aaron Cresswell (left) scored West Ham's first goal direct from a free kick since 3 May 2014
West Ham v Stoke City
Stoke had 65% of possession during the match
Sam Allardyce and Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes has lost only one of his last 11 Premier League encounters with Sam Allardyce, winning six and drawing four
Carlton Cole of West Ham points at the referee after the draw with Stoke
The Hammers have lost a league-high seven points courtesy of goals scored in the 90th minute or later this season


West Ham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19CollinsBooked at 21mins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30SongSubstituted forNolanat 68'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 16Noble
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11Downing
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forAmalfitanoat 78'minutes
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forColeat 59'minutesBooked at 85mins


  • 4Nolan
  • 7Jarvis
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 12WilsonSubstituted forPietersat 49'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forIrelandat 67'minutes
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 16Adam
  • 13MosesSubstituted forDioufat 44'minutes
  • 19Walters


  • 2Bardsley
  • 3Pieters
  • 7Ireland
  • 18Diouf
  • 21Sidwell
  • 22Butland
  • 25Crouch
Roger East

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamStoke
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Stoke City 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 1, Stoke City 1. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

  8. Post update

    Adrián (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf tries a through ball, but Steven N'Zonzi is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

  13. Booking

    Carlton Cole (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  17. Post update

    Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

  19. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

  20. Post update

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross.

As It Stood

3Man Utd31188555282762
4Man City31187663303361
9West Ham321110114240243
11Crystal Palace32119124243-142
14West Brom3289153046-1633
15Aston Villa3388172445-2132
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