WEST HAM UNITED v STOKE CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2012
REFEREE: CHRIS FOY
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Final score - West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City
94 mins - Mr Foy blows his whistle and the game ends in a draw. West Ham have come on strong after the break and definitely deserved their point. Stoke's first-half showing probably means they would have felt hard done-by if they had lost. All in all, that was a fair result. Both teams worked ever so hard and there looks to be some tired bodies trotting off the pitch. The Hammers stay seventh, but they are now level on points with Arsenal on 19 from 12 games. We go to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Join us then. Before, however, we'll have reaction and highlights on West Ham TV.
93 mins - Noble is penalised for pushing Adam to the floor near the left touchline. Stoke have a chance to deliver a free-kick into the box. It is curled in low and poked forward by Walters, but Jaaskelainen is there to claim. West Ham break and Noble stands the ball up, but Cole's header is too close to the goalkeeper.
91 mins - It's a low one again and Demel flicks the ball on for Reid, but his leader is not powerful enough to beat Begovic. The goalkeeper holds on.
90 mins - Demel wins another corner. Taylor is on and will whip it in left-footed. It's cleared, but Taylor gets it back from O'Neil and wins another corner. Four minutes of added time to be played.
89 mins - James Tomkins is voted man of the match by Match Sponsor World Freight. That's a fair shout - he has been very solid.
88 mins - Just a few minutes left now and both teams look a bit tired. Saying that, McCartney shows plenty of energy to get in behind again and to the byline. He maybe takes a touch too many and his cross is cut out at the near post. Unlucky.
86 mins - Carroll is going off, with Cole coming on for the big man. Taylor is on for Maiga.
83 mins - Good build-up again sees the Hammers sweep the ball from right to left. A cross comes over and is cleared to Demel on the right corner of the box. He takes a touch but flashes his shot wide of the near post. Cole is coming on shortly.
81 mins - Nolan wins the ball back inside the Stoke half and a neat one-two with Diame ends with the Senegal man crossing for Carroll. Shotton heads behind for a corner. It's cleared but Carroll makes something of it. The cross comes in from the No8 and Reid challenges, but the Potters centre-backs stand firm.
79 mins - Demel gets a little bit lucky as the ball rolls past his foot. Kightly looks to be through on goal but the assistant's flag goes up for offside. Replays show he was just the wrong side of the last defender.
78 mins - Carroll is fouled inside the Stoke half. Noble lifts the ball in and it is headed out as far as Diame on the edge of the box. He swings a leg and the ball flies wide and into the Bobby Moore Stand.
77 mins - It is O'Brien who is replaced by Demel. The crowd is 35,005.
76 mins - It looks like Guy Demel will be on shortly. But who for? O'Brien? A free-kick comes over and is cleared. O'Brien commits a foul on Kightly and Stoke have a free-kick inside their own half.
74 mins - Etherington is caught just offside. Moments later, the former Hammer is replaced by Michael Kightly.
72 mins - Nolan needs a change of boots. That's the second game in succession that his boots have had some problems. Anyway, he is back on now. West Ham did well - they kept possession the whole time the skipper was off the pitch.
71 mins - Stoke counter attack and Walters has a bit of space wide on the right. He cuts inside at pace and runs along about 25 yards out before scooping his shot high over the bar.
69 mins - Fantastic interplay down the left involving Nolan and Maiga before Noble chops inside and crosses. Carroll challenges and West Ham win another corner. Again, the delivery is short and cleared at the near post. O'Neil the taker this time.
67 mins - Unlucky. Maiga and Nolan combine before the skipper tries to find Carroll. His low cross is blocked and hits him in the chest before rolling behind for a goal kick.
66 mins - Shotton has obviously spent some time working with Rory Delap. He hurls a throw into the Hammers penalty area, where Tomkins heads high into the air and Jaaskelainen collects.
64 mins - O'Neil comes within a yard of putting West Ham in front. A short corner routine sees him collect the ball back from Diame. He curls his shot first-time and it beats the dive of Begovic and bends around the far post. Head in hands for O'Neil.
62 mins - Stoke make a defensive change, with Palacios replacing Whelan. The hard-working Maiga wins another corner.
61 mins - The second half is everything the first half was not. End-to-end football at the highest tempo. Noble deflects a ball behind for a corner but the Hammers clear and Maiga chases about 80 yards to force Begovic to concede a throw. Unfortunately, the home side cannot make anything of it and Begovic collects.
59 mins - Nolan finds Maiga wide left. He ignores McCartney's run and crosses. Nolan wins the header but it flicks on for O'Neil. He drives a low cross in and Huth diverts it behind. The corner is headed clear as far as O'Neil, whose first-time shot is cleared for another corner. This one is deep and cleared.
57 mins - Another chance for Noble to deliver as Nolan forces Huth to concede a corner. Noble's corner is better and Carroll wins it with authority. Maiga's shot is blocked on the line before O'Neil smashes the ball back into the six-yard box. It hits two Stoke defenders before Carroll goes in again, but this time he is whistled for a foul.
55 mins - Stoke break clear and West Ham look stretched. O'Brien gets back and sticks out a leg to concede the corner. This time West Ham hold firm and O'Neil leads the counter. He spots Maiga in acres on the far side, but Whelan cuts out the attempted crossfield pass.
54 mins - Good pace from Tomkins to keep Nolan's pass in by the corner flag. He then wins a corner to loud cheers from the Bobby Moore Lower. Noble's delivery is disappointing and headed clear.
53 mins - West Ham are camped inside the Stoke half at present. Reid finds Diame, who is flattened.
50 mins - The noise level inside the stadium has gone up massively as West Ham have a couple of attacks following their equaliser. That was just what the doctor ordered - O'Brien's second goal in 42 appearances for the Hammers. His first came in a 4-0 Championship win at Watford back on 16 August 2011.
48 mins - GOAL! O'BRIEN! West Ham threaten again as Diame tries to bulldoze his way through. His first shot is blocked but Diame retains his composure and feeds O'Neil on the right edge of the penalty area. The No32 looks up and crosses low for O'Brien, who lifts his shot into the roof of the net from about ten yards.
46 mins - Stoke get the game underway again. Within 60 seconds of the re-start West Ham go 90 yards from front to back, with Diame and Maiga combining before the former releases McCartney into space behind the right-back. His cross is superb and Nolan meets it from about five yards out. Begovic makes an outstanding save with his legs. So close.
Half-time score - West Ham United 0-1 Stoke City
47 mins - A few seconds short of the two minutes and the referee brings the first half to a close. Stoke probably deserve their lead as they have created the clearer chances. At 1-0, though, the game is far from over.
47 mins - Into the final minute and McCartney is fouled by Crouch. Carroll wins the header from the free-kick but it drops to nobody.
46 mins - Two added minutes at least to be played. Groans from the home fans. I thought three would have been fair.
45 mins - McCartney thunders into a tackle inside the Stoke half before Maiga lays the ball back to Diame. He assesses his options before sending a weirdly-curling shot well wide of the far post.
42 mins - The West Ham physio is on to treat Nolan following a whole-hearted challenge with Stoke replacement Shotton. Nolan will not want to go off, but if he does, Hall is warming up.
37 mins - Noble is booked for a sliding challenge on Walters and West Ham are nearly made to pay again as the ball is worked to N'Zonzi about 25 yards out. The tall midfielder smashes a first-time shot that rockets past Jaaskelainen and thuds off the underside of the crossbar before the hosts scramble it away. It definitely was not a goal.
36 mins - Etherington runs at O'Brien before crossing right-footed. Tomkins heads clear before N'Zonzi heads clear.
34 mins - Loud cheers as Mr Foy gives a free-kick for a foul on Carroll but Noble's delivery is not good. Stoke suddenly have two-on-two but Diame and Tomkins get back to clear the danger. Nolan then tries to flick Tomkins' pass into the path of Carroll, but Huth gets back in time to clear.
32 mins - Big Sam is livid as Cameron appears to push Carroll on the edge of the box as they go for a high ball. After what looks like another Stoke foul goes unpunished as Reid ushers the ball out, Shotton comes on for Wilkinson.
30 mins - Stoke are readying a substitute. I think it's Ryan Shotton.
28 mins - West Ham win a corner on the far side. Noble's delivery curls out before Tomkins wins the header and forces another save from Begovic. The goalkeeper then takes an age taking the goal kick. Left-back Wilkinson has an injury. Coincidence?
27 mins - Diame again, bursting past Cameron down the left and crossing. Wilkinson puts the ball out for a throw. From it, Nolan combines with O'Neil before forcing Begovic into a diving save.
25 mins - Diame and Nolan combine inside the Stoke penalty area. Diame continues but the ball strikes the shin of Shawcross and rolls through to Begovic, who claims bravely at the feet of the Senegal man.
24 mins - Tomkins challenges Etherington and Mr Foy gives a corner. The West Ham players claimed that should have been a goal kick. Whelan crosses and Huth wins the header, but Jaaskelainen is able to push the ball aside.
23 mins - That's better. Maiga and Diame combine before Noble sweeps the ball right for O'Neil. He crosses and Carroll wins it, but he is too far out and his header bounces into the hands of Begovic.
21 mins - West Ham have not managed to get in behind Stoke's defence very often so far. They are probably enjoying more of the ball, but not doing much with it in the opposition half.
17 mins - Diame is robbed inside the Stoke half and Adam collects. He spots Jaaskelainen off his line and tries to lob the goalkeeper from inside his own half, but the ball bounces wide.
16 mins - Stoke are playing well, to be fair to them. They are giving West Ham no time to settle in possession. Big Sam will be disappointed to have conceded from a set-play, but it was a cleverly worked move. Walters had time and space and took his first-time finish with some aplomb.
13 mins - GOAL! Stoke take the lead through Walters, who completely loses his marker, runs around from the back post and smashes Whelan's low corner past Jaaskelainen at the near post. The ball actually goes through Carroll's legs. It also looked as though McCartney may have been blocked as he tried to track Walters' run.
13 mins - Stoke win a corner as McCartney clears a through ball meant for Walters. It was a decent move from the Potters, to be fair, involving Crouch and Etherington.
9 mins - Jaaskelainen has to be calm to volley clear Noble's high bouncing back-pass under pressure from a Stoke player. Moments later, the Finn catches after N'Zonzi had headed a free-kick across the six-yard box for Crouch, whose own header on goal lacked enough power to trouble the goalkeeper.
8 mins - Carroll earns a round of applause as he uses fine close control to lose two men on the right touchline before finding McCartney with a crossfield pass. The left-back lays the ball back for Reid, who hands possession back to Stoke inside their half.
6 mins - Interesting start to the game as Walters collects wide on the Stoke left and rolls the ball inside. Etherington dummies it on the edge of the box, but there is nobody there to benefit and Jaaskelainen collects.
5 mins - Diame loses his man with a drop of the shoulder and finds Nolan. He cuts the ball back from the byline and it's cut out for a corner. Noble lofts the ball in too high and Begovic claims unchallenged.
4 mins - Half a chance for Stoke as Crouch heads down a diagonal ball into the box. Adam has space to shoot, but the ball bounces a little high on him and his left-foot shot goes over the crossbar. Crouch is going to present a stern test for Tomkins and Reid tonight, no doubt about it.
2 mins - Diame and Maiga do well down the right. The latter leaves Cameron on the ground and crosses. The ball is headed high behind for a corner. Noble floats the ball across and it scoots outside the box. Diame tries to keep the attack going but he can't keep the ball in on the near side. Throw to Stoke.
8pm - West Ham kick-off shooting towards the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand. Well, they try, but there is a false-start and we have to do it all again! Carroll wins his first aerial battle but the ball bounces beyond Nolan.
7.57pm - The stand are full here at the Boleyn Ground. Bubbles are floating through the air in front of me and there is a chill in the air. It's a proper football night - still, dark and cold.
7.55pm - So, West Ham make two changes to the side that won at Newcastle, with O'Neil and Maiga making their first Barclays Premier League starts of the season. Jarvis and Benayoun miss out through injury, but McCartney is fit to start and Matt Taylor returns to the bench. For Stoke, Whelan has shaken off a hamstring injury to take his place in the midfield. Former Hammer Etherington is also in the Stoke starting XI, with Upson among the substitutes. Here come the two teams!
7.10pm - The team news is in!
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, McCartney, Reid, Tomkins, Noble, Diame, Nolan, O'Neil, Maiga, Carroll
Subs: Spiegel, Collins, Taylor, Cole, Hall, Spence, Demel
Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam, Etherington, Crouch, Walters
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Kightly, Shotton, Jerome
Good evening and welcome to a completely sold-out Boleyn Ground for the Monday Night Football showdown between West Ham United and Stoke City. Tonight is the fourth home game in succession when the stadium will be full to capacity.
The Hammers go into tonight's game hoping to make it seven Barclays Premier League points from a possible nine. Fresh off the back of a fantastic 1-0 win away at Newcastle United on Sunday 11 November, Sam Allardyce's side return to the ground where they held champions Manchester City to a deserved draw last time out on Saturday 3 November.
The Hammers start Monday's match seventh in the Barclays Premier League after dropping one place following Arsenal's 5-2 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. However, any victory for the home side would see them rise to fifth in the table and within three points of third-place Chelsea.
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Stoke start the weekend in 12th place with 12 points. The Potters have yet to win on the road in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season, but they have picked up three points through draws at Arsenal, Wigan Athletic and Liverpool
Goals could prove hard to come by this evening, however, as West Ham and Stoke City have kept the joint-most clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season with five each. Norwich City have also pitched five shut-outs following Saturday's 1-0 home win over Manchester United.
West Ham have picked up eleven points from six home Barclays Premier League games so far, beating Aston Villa (1-0), Fulham (3-0) and Southampton (4-1), drawing with Sunderland (1-1) and Manchester City (0-0) and losing out to Arsenal (1-3).
Team news-wise, West Ham could hand starts to James Collins, Gary O'Neil, Guy Demel, Modibo Maiga and Matt Taylor, while Matt Jarvis and Yossi Benayoun hope to recover from injuries suffered eight days ago at St James' Park. Stoke will be without the suspended Dean Whitehead, while Glenn Whelan could be out with a hamstring injury. Jon Walters and Charlie Adam hope to shake off knocks, but Rory Delap, Michael Owen and Marc Wilson are definitely sidelined.
One other piece of news is that Howard Webb will be replaced as Fourth Official by Kevin Friend.
The team news will be confirmed at just after 7pm, with West Ham's official twitter feed being the first place to find out the starting line-ups.
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