as reported by the Evening Standard.

In the end it was only a point apiece but for West Ham and Stoke, the bigger picture just became clearer.

For David Moyes and his team, 14th in the Premier League on 35 points, survival is within touching distance.

For Stoke, second-from-bottom, seven points behind and having played a game more, Championship football next season looks ever more likely.

Not everything, though, is crystal clear after this draw, especially for England manager Gareth Southgate, who was at the London Stadium to check on Joe Hart and Jack Butland, two goalkeeping candidates for his World Cup squad.

Joe Hart will ‘put things right’ after error, says Andy Carroll

Hart, who had played so well at Chelsea, was badly at fault for Stoke’s goal in the 78th minute, allowing a shot from Xherdan Shaqiri to squirm from his grasp for Peter Crouch to extend a telescopic leg and poke home.

Butland was no more impressive in the build-up to the 90th minute equaliser, punching when he should have caught, which kept the ball alive and led to a fine Andy Carroll finish.

West Ham had the ball in Stoke’s net three more times but all were ruled out, correctly, by Michael Oliver, the Premier League’s best referee — whatever Gianluigi Buffon and the Juventus fans may think.

With five points separating the seven clubs directly above the bottom three in the table, West Ham are not yet safe but a couple of points from their remaining five matches would probably be enough.

That may not be that straightforward with Arsenal, new champions Manchester City, Leicester, Manchester United  and Everton to play but Moyes has worked diligently on the squad that has conceded just two goals in the past three games against Southampton, Chelsea and Stoke, having leaked 10 in the previous three.

His critics will say he was over cautious on Monday, playing the mercurial Marko Arnautovic on his own up front against his former club, rather than adding Javier Hernandez, who scored in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge eight days earlier.

Pragmatic: Moyes was clear a draw was no disaster (Getty Images)

Moyes is a pragmatic manager and was clear in his own mind going into this match that although a victory was the preferred outcome, a draw would not be a disaster.

Everything  was going to plan with 14 minutes to go, when

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