Stoke 0-1 West Ham United FT

Barclays Premier League
Stoke City v West Ham United
Britannia Stadium
Saturday 2 May
Referee: Peter Walton

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Full time - Mr Walton brings the proceedings to close to a huge cheer from the away support. It was a battle out there at times but Zola's side stood up to everything that was thrown at them. Fulham's defeat at Chelsea mean they move back up to seventh, a position they will want to further secure when Liverpool visit the Boleyn Ground next Saturday.

95 min - The ball is safely cleared, but in the process Kovac picks up a knock and the game is delayed. Surely when it restarts the game must be over?

94 min - One last long throw in for the hosts. This really would be heartbreaking if West Ham were to concede here.

92 min - Tristan so nearly wraps up the points. The Spaniard collected a long ball forward, out-powered his marker and run into the box. Sadly, his attempted chip over the goalkeeper bounced just inches wide. Just seconds to go now surely.

90 min - The fourth official rules there will be five more minutes. Can the Hammers hang on for a famous away day win?

89 min - He is and it is Di Michele that makes way.

88 min - It looks as though Sears may be joining us soon as well.

87 min - Walter Lopez joins the fray in place of Noble and Stoke respond by swapping Wilkinson for Ibrahima Sonko.

86 min - Stoke may still have something to say about that though as Stoke win two corners in a row. The second is dealt with by the most towering of headers from Upson.

83 min - The sun is out and it is not just the weather that is looking bright for West Ham right now. Not only do they lead, but Fulham are losing, which means if the scores stay the same Zola's side will go back up to seventh.

82 min - West Ham make their first change as Boa Morte is taken off to be replaced by Collison. Boa Morte is bid farewell with another rendition of his song. Great support from the Hammers fans there.

80 min - More superb goalkeeping from Green as he rushes out to dive at the feet of Fuller, just as the striker looked set to score. 

77 min - If Zola wants to make changes he has options, with Lopez, Spector and Collison all warming up on the touchline. Collison is given a hearty round of applause from the travelling support when he appears.

76 min - The home side are turning up the pressure now and after a series of three corners are all cleared a Delap throw in is headed clear by Upson. Finally a bit of breathing space for United.

75 min - Stoke come close to an equaliser as Faye wins a header at a corner which looks to be going in until Noble heads it off the line. That was a close call.

72 min - Stoke make the game's first change as Beattie and Pugh leave the field and are replaced by former Henri Camara and Seyi Olofinjana.

71 min - A couple of minutes of concern then as Noble stayed down after winning a 50/50 challenge strongly. The No16 is back up on his feet now though and appears to be OK.

68 min - West Ham have really been up for the physical battle so far, but they've also played a bit at times. Neill bursts down the right and cuts the ball back for Di Michele. It squirts through to Stanislas, but the England Under-20 star can only curl his shot well over the top into the Boothen End.

65 min - Neill makes a great sliding tackle to deny Etherington as his former team-mate attempted to burst on to Lawrence's through-ball. If the Australian had got that wrong, it would have been a spot-kick for sure. From Delap's resulting throw-in, Stanislas clears the ball straight into Lawrence, but the ball bounces harmlessly wide.

62 min - Delap hurls another missile into the Hammers penalty area. Lawrence volleys goalwards, only to see his shot blocked by Stanislas. The Stoke winger appeals for handball and a penalty, but nothing is given.

61 min - Fuller goes down under an Upson challenge and requires treatment from the Stoke physio for a knock to his right knee. The crowd here at the Britannia is 27,500 on the nose.

60 min - Fuller beats Tomkins to the bouncing ball before knocking a rather weak volley well wide of Green's far post.

58 min - Faye earns a round of applause and a laugh from the crowd after falling over, rolling around near the ball, then getting up and running past Di Michele.

53 min - The half-time break saw a number of the Hammers' subs warming up. The likes of Freddie Sears, Jonathan Spector and Zavon Hines were all out enjoying the sunshine while limbering up.

52 min - Normal service is resumed as Delap launches another huge throw into the box. This time Junior Stanislas of all people is back there to head clear.

48 min - The TV cameras also seem to have picked up James Collins in the away support and he seemed to spend the whole half posing for pictures and signing autographs with fans. It's great to see a player spending the afternoon with the fans.

47 min - The half-time entertainment at the Britannia involved Sir Geoff coming out onto the pitch for a draw and he was warmly applauded by both sections of the crowd.

46 min - Tristan and Di Michele get the second half going and straight from the kick-off Tristan tries a shot on Sorensen's goal. It is not quite strong enough to test the Stoke stopper, but all credit to him for trying.

Half-time - Mr Walton brings what has been an lively first half to a close. The West Ham players leave the field to a huge cheers from their supporters. Green gets a special rendition of "England's No1!" as he is the last to leave the field.

49 min - We are deep into stoppage time and Lawrence picks up a booking a fairly feeble attempt to win a penalty.

43 min - The first moment of controversy as Boa Morte and Delap tangle. The other players crowd round and after everything has calmed down, Mr Walton issues yellows for both players.

42 min - Another great run for Boa Morte, but his shot goes high into West Ham fans.

41 min - Another quick stat for you. Stoke have only lost three times at home this season, so a win today would be some result for Zola's side.

40 min - If the stats are anything to go by then this could be a good afternoon. West Ham have lost just once all season having led. Let's hope it stays that way this afternoon.

39 min - Great goalkeeping from Green as he comes out bravely to dive at the feet of Fuller. Straight away the No1 throws the ball out so he can get some medical attention.

35 min - The goal is Tristan's third for the club and his second against the Potters after his winner against them in December.

34 min - West Ham have the chance to double their lead straight away as Stanislas backheels the ball into Di Michele's path, he shoots but it goes just over.

33 min - GOAL! And from it the Hammers take the lead! Diego Tristan whips it in right-footed and it flies into the top left-hand corner. What a strike!

32 min - Free-kick to West Ham right on the edge of the area after Di Michele was fouled.

25 min - Stoke win the game's first corner as Kovac tracks his man back and clears behind. Liam Lawrence takes the kick and Abdoulaye Faye heads over when well placed. The Stoke City captain really should have done better there.

22 min - Boa Morte has started the game strongly and the away support recognises that with a chant of "Do do doo Luis Boa Morte"

19 min - The home side are certainly not prepared to lie down here and a run from Etherington is hacked clear by Tomkins. Delap throws another long ball into the area but it is headed over.

17 min - Good work Stanislas on the left makes space for him to cross but his delivery is just a little too hard. West Ham are on top here, now all they need is to create some more chances.

13 min - West Ham get the ball in the net after a superb passing move, but it is ruled out. Di Michele had thought he's scored after Tristan had pushed Boa Morte's cross into his path. Referee Peter Walton blew his whistle for what we think is a handball. Much better from the visitors.

11 min - Stoke have the ball in the net after Delap's second long throw of the afternoon. Green went up to collect it with Fuller, who fouled him in the process of beating him to the ball.

9 min - Rory Delap's first missile of the afternoon passes without too much damage. The midfielder's long throw was headed goal-wards by Ryan Shawcross, but Green gathered comfortably.

8 min - Sir Geoff Hurst has been spotted in the crowd here. The West Ham and England hero was also a favourite for today's hosts.

6 min - An early blow for Stoke as Etherington is down. The winger looked like he injured himself when trying to block a Boa Morte cross. The Stoke No 26 is back on his feet for now.

4 min - There appears to be no surprises in West Ham's set up. The back four is as expected with Kovac sitting just in front of them. Boa Morte and Stanislas are set to provide the width on the right and left respectively with Di Michele and Tristan up top.

3 min - The first point of note as Neill clatters into Etherington on the left-hand touchline. The set piece is floated in but Green comes out to gather safely

1 min - Stoke City get us under way

2.59pm - Neill has won the toss and opted to change ends so Stoke will not be attacking the end they are used to in this half.

2.59pm - The players are having their final warm up as the teams are read out. Ludo is warming up Robert Green while Neill has a kick around with the West Ham mascots. Etherington's name is met with a rapturous round of applause.

2.58pm - That has been corrected as to an almighty introduction the two sides enter the field from the tunnel, right next to the away support. Lucas Neill leads out the Hammers, who are playing in the change strip of light blue.

2.57pm - Just three minutes until kick-off and there is still no sign of the teams yet.

2.55pm - The visitors look to have some great support today in the stand over to my right. I would guess there are 2,500 Hammers fans crammed into the stand and they are getting into the swing of things with a chant of "Irons! Irons!"

2.52pm - Eight minutes until kick-off and the players have gone back into the dressing rooms for the final time. There is a good buzz about the Britannia Stadium today and both sets of fans seem to be in good voice thus far, but who will be singing come quarter to five?

2.35pm - Dyer's injury is not thought to be serious and the England international is expected to be back in full training next week. A good job too, with Liverpool up next.

2.25pm - Etherington was in the last West Ham side to win at the Britannia Stadium back in the promotion year of 2005. A single strike from Bobby Zamora, 30 seconds after coming on as substitute, was all that separated the sides that day.

2.20pm - Stoke City make one change from their side that lost by a single goal at Fulham. Full-back Andy Wilkinson comes into defence with Stephen Kelly dropping to the bench. Former Hammer of the Year Matthew Etherington starts against the team he left just four months ago.

2.10pm - Gianfranco Zola makes one change from the starting XI that lost 1-0 to Chelsea last weekend. Kieron Dyer is ruled out with a muscle strain so is replaced by Radoslav Kovac. The subs bench also shows one change with Jack Collison making a welcome return after eight weeks out with a knee injury. The Wales international takes the place of Savio, who misses out through illness.

West Ham United: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Boa Morte (Collison 82), Noble (Lopez 87), Kovac, Stanislas, Di Michele (Sears 89), Tristan
Subs not used: Lastuvka, Spector, Payne. Hines,

Stoke City: Sorensen, Wilkinson (Sonko 87), Faye, Shawcross, Pugh (Olofinjana 72), Lawrence, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Beattie (Camara 72), Fuller
Subs not used: Simonsen, Cresswell, Kelly, Tonge,