West Ham 1-1 Stoke - 'Negative Moyes got it wrong again'


The Hammers went into this game on an improved run of form and were looking to cement Premier League football for another season.

16th Apr 2018

Meanwhile, Stoke were on an awful run and things were looking down for the Potters. It was a big game for West Ham's star man Marko Arnautovic, who faced his former club and was desperate to get on the scoresheet.

Despite it being a game under the lights, Stoke are never a nice team to play due to their stereotypical dirty, rough, aggressive style of football.

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Some Hammers fans took to social media to express their thoughts just before kick-off at the frustration at Javier Hernandez not starting after scoring the equaliser against Chelsea.

David Moyes set his team up negatively, which I think represents a reason why he shouldn’t be here next season.

The first 45 minutes was fairly even, both sides had half chances and we just about edged it.

The Hammers came out pressing in the second half and continued to have the better of the chances. The refereeing started to become suspicious as several Stoke players did what Stoke do, which was pull players back, trip them over and it was very late until the cards came.

Arnautovic and Edimilson Fernandes both had goals disallowed for offside and interfering with play. Moyes stupidly left it far too late for Hernandez to come on and at this point we were trying to find an opening goal.

You don’t give one of football's best finishers who is your highest paid player 15 minutes at the end of a game, especially when he’s at West Ham. Hernandez deserves better and due to the manager's arrogance he’s suffering.

The clock started ticking for the Hammers and Stoke continued to counter attack.

It looked like Stoke were going to grind out a 0-0 draw but they managed to take the lead following a spill from Joe Hart. This was becoming a real worry for the Hammers, who needed a result and couldn’t afford for Stoke to come away with all three.

We continued to press and even brought on Andy Carroll... where he’s been in the last few months I don’t know? Probably in Dubai, Magaluf and Newcastle getting drunk.

But whatever he has been drinking I wouldn’t mind having some of it as he curled in a lovely volley to make it 1-1 in the last minute.

Carroll needed that goal for his self confidence because the fans aren’t necessarily happy with him at the moment. After Craig Bellamy's comment on Carroll's workrate, it’s got in my head that I want the Englishman gone in the summer.

Carroll has been injured all these months and goes straight into the side yet Jordan Hugill has been waiting patiently for a proper chance and sadly gets ignored. What a poor piece of business that has turned out to be and I reckon a spell on the sidelines has really damaged the striker's confidence.

The game finished 1-1, the referee was poor and slow to get his cards out. That has to go down as two points dropped and we must continue to fight for mathematical survival.

We have some tough opponents to face soon and we are going to need to get results to cement safety.

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