Stoke City 2-2 West Ham

West Ham fought back from 2-0 down to earn a hard fought 2-2 draw with Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

In what was a game of two halves for the Irons, the team struggled to get a grip of the match in the first half, with Stoke dictating much of the play.

Stoke were rewarded for their dominance on 33 minutes, when the impressive Victor Moses netted from close range following a save from Adrian.

It was then West Ham were holding on for half time with Stoke pushing for a second.

At half time Sam Allardyce made the required changes, bringing on Carlton Cole for Amalfitano. The changes made the difference as West Ham started to get to grips with the game.

However on 56 minutes the match looked dead and buried as Diouf doubled Stokes lead. West Ham however dusted themselves off, and got decided to show more fight.

It was only a mere four minutes later when suddenly the Irons were back in it, with the outstanding Enner Valencia latching onto a Stewart Downing cross with a diving header into the bottom corner.

It was then that West Ham suddenly looked like the team we have been used to seeing this season, with Stoke starting to defend their lead in numbers.

Then on 73 minutes things were level, with the once-again impressive Stewart Downing smashing home a loose ball on the edge of the Stoke box, and it was then the feeling changed where West Ham looked the team who may win the contest.

It wasn’t to be however as both sides fought hard until the final whistle, with West Ham certainly leaving the pitch the happier of both sides.

A performance which wasn’t our best, but the character shown was there for all to see. An excellent comeback, and deserved point.


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