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Andy Carroll’s dramatic late equaliser boosted West Ham’s Premier League survival hopes – and took Stoke City closer to the Championship.

The hosts are seven points clear of the relegation zone, with Stoke five points adrift of safety with four games left.

Stoke looked set for a first win in 10 games when Peter Crouch took advantage of Joe Hart’s fumble to score.

But fellow substitute Carroll, in his first appearance since January, volleyed home a last-minute equaliser.

The Hammers thought they had won the game when Javier Hernandez scored in injury time, but it was disallowed for a Carroll handball in the build-up.

It was the third goal they had ruled out in the game. On the first occasion Marko Arnautovic was offside when he headed home – and then he was interfering with play from Edimilson Fernandes’ shot.

Is Stoke’s 10-year Premier League stay coming to an end?

Stoke City felt they were unlucky in recent defeats by Arsenal and Tottenham, and manager Paul Lambert said they had to get “something” out of this game at London Stadium. But this will feel like another loss, having come so close to only a second win in his reign.

They did not have too many clear goal-scoring chances with Ramadan Sobhi, Moritz Bauer and Mame Biram Diouf all producing straightforward saves from Joe Hart in the first half.

Stoke’s best chance – bar the goal – came moments after Arnautovic’s disallowed goal when Diouf blazed over from six yards out.

Lambert had to be brave and he was when he brought on 37-year-old Crouch for midfielder Moritz Bauer, who is usually a defender.

It looked as if it had paid off in some style when Hart spilled Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot and Crouch turned home from close range.

Stoke have been in the Premier League for 10 years – and Crouch’s goal made him the Potters’ top scorer in that spell, with strike number 44 taking him past Jon Walters.

But unless they have a turnaround in fortune in the final four games, he will not have many chances to extend that record.

Full report to follow.

Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsWest Ham25Hart41Rice21Ogbonna3CresswellBooked at 90mins5Zabaleta16Noble8KouyatéBooked at 85mins26MasuakuSubstituted forLanziniat 81’minutes31FernandesSubstituted forHernándezat 76’minutes18João MárioSubstituted forCarrollat 86’minutes7ArnautovicSubstitutes9Carroll10Lanzini12Hugill13Adrián17Hernández27Evra33CullenStoke1Butland6Zouma17Shawcross15Martins IndiBooked at 82mins3Pieters2BauerSubstituted forCrouchat 70’minutesBooked at 79mins4Allen27NdiayeBooked at 90mins32SobhiSubstituted forCameronat 62’minutes22Shaqiri18DioufSubstituted forIrelandat 87’minutesSubstitutes7Ireland20Cameron24Fletcher25Crouch33Grant40Campbell55SorensonReferee:Michael OliverAttendance:56,795Match StatsHome TeamWest HamAway TeamStokePossessionHome62%Away38%ShotsHome18Away11Shots on TargetHome6Away7CornersHome10Away1FoulsHome15Away21Live TextPosted at

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


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