Stoke thought they had secured all three points and their first away win since October when substitute Peter Crouch knocked a loose ball into the back of the net after West Ham's England goalkeeper Joe Hart spilled a shot after 79 minutes. In his first game back, he made a mistake for a goal in a 3-0 loss at Burnley on March 10, and this one against Stoke was nearly an exact replica as he fumbled a shot in front of him by Xherdan Shaqiri.
Andy Carroll stepped off the bench to snatch a dramatic 1-1 draw for West Ham against Stoke in their Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Monday night. "If it's a shove in the back, it's a penalty, but we played on and he (referee Michael Oliver) didn't give it and, in the end, it's a point, so we'll take it".
"I'm really proud of the team and if we keep doing what we're doing then we'll certainly be in the mix", said Lambert.
"I don't know if we're going, in this short period of time left, to get him up to 90 minutes". But performance-wise it was very good.
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But West Ham refused to lie down and Carroll, missing for the last 13 games through injury, showed his quality when Cresswell delivered a ideal ball into his path and the former Liverpool forward fired an unstoppable volley past Butland. If we get a win on Sunday [at home to Burnley] it puts the cat among the pigeons.
"It was the game when we needed Marko Arnautovic to make a difference with the ball, unfortunately he didn't get that opportunity. We've just had a win and two draws and at this time of the season that's not too bad".
West Ham have 35 points from 33 games and Moyes feels they need one more victory to guarantee survival and said he would not blame Hart for their failure to take all three points.
He added: "I must have walked under a ladder or broken a mirror somewhere because I have not had any luck whatsoever". "I was due it, the team was due it, the football club was due it and if it is offside, it doesn't matter if it is marginally offside, or close, it is offside".