Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Stoke's Lambert upbeat despite late West Ham equaliser

Stoke's Lambert upbeat despite late West Ham equaliser

The former Stoke City forward has scored nine goals and added four assists in his last 14 games as he looks to help the Hammers stay in the Premier League, most recently setting up Javier Hernandez's equaliser in their morale-boosting 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Stoke were heading for their first away win since October after substitute Peter Crouch capitalised on a mistake from keeper Joe Hart after 79 minutes to tap home from close-range.

But West Ham showed all their fighting qualities as they rescued a point in added time when Carroll volleyed a cross from Aaron Cresswell past Jack Butland into the corner of the net. 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.

"We've still got four games so no-one is safe". And we played around with it, it wasn't rocket science.

"He is a little bit of a Zlatan inasmuch as the players look to him", Moyes said, as reported by Goal.

"We were very good".

"I think the important thing was to make sure we didn't lose tonight and I thought the commitment from the players, energy, to make sure that didn't happen showed late on but their play throughout with the ball was one of the better performances I have seen since I have been here". They are still looking for points as well.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers David Moyes or Paul Lambert?

"If we can do that (beat Burnley), it will set the cat right among the pigeons", said Lambert. "I'm pleased with the team's performance, I thought we played well".

"If the supporters do what I think they'll do, we just have to turn up and try and get a win".

The goalkeeper has only just got back in the West Ham team after losing his place to Adrian at the end of November.

But West Ham refused to lie down and Carroll, missing for the last 13 games through injury, showed his quality when Cresswell delivered a flawless ball into his path and the former Liverpool forward fired an unstoppable volley past Butland.

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