Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United FT

Barclays Premier League
Stoke City v West Ham United
Britannia Stadium
Saturday 17 October
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Full-time. It is all over here and a battling performance from the Hammers has sadly resulted in an away day defeat. Backed by some superb travelling support, Zola's men gave it their all and have just been clapped off by those fans. They will have to show similar desire in their next game - a home match with Arsenal in eight days' time.

92 min - A good run by Stanislas sees him feed Faubert on the right. His back-post cross is headed out to Franco and his attempted overhead cross is gathered by Sorensen.

90 min - Franco has come on for his Premier League debut in place of Collison. One glimmer of hope for the visitors is that there will be five minutes of added time.

88 min - West Ham really need to get their foot on the ball here if they are to get a late equaliser. At the moment the ball is spending most of its time in the wrong half.

87 min - Stoke win a corner which they are in no hurry to take. When Etherington finally swings it in Tomkins once again heads it clear.

85 min - Hines is booked for a late tackle on Lawrence.

83 min - Another change for both teams as Stanislas comes on for Kovac and Dave Kitson comes on for Beattie.

81 min - Some good link up play between Hines and Cole leads to the latter being felled on edge of the D. Noble takes it but it is straight into the wall.

78 min - A change for each side now as Glenn Whelan and Zavon Hines enter the fray in place of Diao and Diamanti.

76 min - Well I was wrong about the long throws as it appears Diao has a throw nearly as dangerous. Some good harrying from Behrami has earned West Ham a corner. The flag kick is headed behind for another one, which Stoke clear.

74 min - We have 27,206 inside the Britannia today. Cole is booked for a challenge on Sorensen.

72 min - A flashpoint as Huth appears to strike Upson in the face off the ball. It has forced the Hammers captain from the field once more. If the referee had seen it I'm fairly confident that would have been a penalty.

68 min - GOAL! Beattie puts the home side back in front against the run of play. He was the first to react after Green had palmed Fuller's shot away.

68 min - There will be no more long throws this afternoon from the home side as Delap is withdrawn. Liam Lawrence is the man to replace him.

67 min - Only a fantastic last-ditch tackle from Shawcross stops Cole from giving the Hammers the lead. The front man, who has looked dangerous all afternoon, had broken into the area and looked destined to score before the intervention.

65 min - Referee Martin Atkinson, who we have seen very little of so far, calls over Upson to have a word with Kovac, who protested a little too strongly at a free-kick awarded against him.

61 min - Stanislas, Guille Franco, Manuel Da Costa and Zavon Hines are all warming up so we could see a change soon.

59 min - A slight break in play as Diamanti is fouled once more. Faubert comes to the touchline to get some tissue as it looks like he has been cut as well. It is a real battle out there today.

57 min - They do just that and Faubert's cross is headed behind for a corner. Diamanti takes it and looks to go for goal but Sorensen saves it on the line.

55 min - More danger as Etherington's corner is headed goalwards by Shawcross. It is stopped on the line by a combination of Faubert and Upson but the Stoke defender follows it up and puts the rebound just wide. West Ham need to get their foot on the ball here.

53 min - A moment of worry there as Beattie found himself in some space in the area and curled a shot just high and wide of Green's far post.

49 min - Lovely stuff from the visitors as a five man passing move sees Cole tee up Diamanti on the edge of the area. He takes a touch and tries to curl one into the top corner but Sorensen leaps across his goal and makes the save. Good start.

47 min - Both teams look to be unchanged for the start of the second half. Upson's cut he picked up in the first half seems to have been cleared up by the medical team.

46 min - We are underway in the second half.

45 min - Some brilliant defending from Behrami who chase Delap back 30 yards to win the ball from him. Just a few more minutes and this will have ended up as quite a good half for the Hammers.

45 min - Three minutes of added time here. Cole has forced Shawcross into giving away a throw in.

44 min - Some alert goalkeeping from Robert Green there as another Delap missile is flicked goalwards. The England international got down quickly to gather the ball on his goalline.

42 min - There was no need to worry as the Ireland international throws it straight behind for a goal kick.

41 min - The first half is ending in a much better way than it started. But West Ham will need to defend one more Delap throw here.

38 min - Booking for Shawcross for a late tackle on Diamanti. The Italian's sock has somehow got ripped as well.

36 min - That is Upson's second goal of the season and his second in the Midlands. The away support have re-found their voice and greet the strike with a stirring rendition of 'Bubbles'.

34 min - GOAL! Upson gets the Hammers back into the game with a captain's goal. The defender arrived late to meet a Noble corner and power a header past Sorensen. Game on!

34 min - Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas, complete with matching blue boots, take their turn to warm.

32 min - Green gets a bit lucky as he hacks a clearance away and it nearly flies straight into Beattie.

29 min - He hits it well but sadly it goes straight into Sorensen's arms.

27 min - Zola has sent three of his subs to warm up but I don't think we'll be seeing any of them just yet. Salif Diao is booked for a late lunge on Diamanti 30 yards out, who dusts himself down and gets ready to take the kick.

24 min - Zola's side have just put together a ten pass move that just lacks that killer final pass. The West Ham manager will no doubt be encouraged by the last ten minutes.

21 min - Diamanti fires a long-ranger over the bar, much to the delight of the home support.

18 min - After a strong start by the home side, West Ham are slowly getting back into this. They are getting closer to the Stoke players and making life difficult for them.

16 min - He comes on to attack the Hammers' first corner which was won after Thomas Sorensen was forced to tip over Cole's looping header. Noble floats it to the back post but it is cleared.

15 min - Concern for the Hammers here as Upson has taken a blow to the face. He is being patched up by the medical team down below.

12 min - Another corner to Stoke as Etherington's shot is deflected off Tomkins.

11 min - GOAL! It is a great spot kick and the Stoke No9 sends it into the top corner.

10 min - Penalty to Stoke. Faubert slid in on Etherington and did not get the ball. He is booked and James Beattie is stepping up to take it.

7 min - While we are playing here, there are three other Hammers in action up and down the country. Matt Fry is making his debut for Gillingham at the MK Dons, Anthony Edgar is on the bench for Bournemouth at Accrington Stanley and Freddie Sears in on the bench as well for Crystal Palace away at Cardiff City.

5 min - The ball is cleared at the expense of a corner, but for the second time in the opening five minutes Tomkins heads away. Good start from the defender here.

4 min - Alessandro Diamanti will be playing up front with Carlton Cole it looks like. At the other end, Stoke have their first throw of the game and unsurprisngly it well be Delap to launch it in.

3 min - Tomkins gets up to head clear. I imagine that won't be the last header like that he has to make today.

2 min - It looks like the Hammers will be lining up in a slightly different 4-4-2 formation today with Mark Noble at the point of the diamond. Stoke have forced an early corner here that Etherington will take.

1 min - We are underway here. West Ham will be attacking the Boothen End in the first half.

2.59pm - The players are out and their names are being read out. Just a couple of minutes to go now. West Ham will be wearing the new away kit in the Premier League for the first time.

2.55pm - We've had our first rendition of 'Bubbles' and the home fans have responded with their own chant. We could be in for quite an atmosphere here today it seems.

2.50pm - They have carried that noise on inside the stadium as well and gave each West Ham United player a huge cheer as they left the field at the end of the warm up. That will have given them an extra lift with just ten minutes to go until kick-off.

2.25pm - The West Ham fans are out in force here today and their singing could be heard as fans from all sides of the stadium were making their way in. They will no doubt be hoping for a repeat of last season's 1-0 win, when Diego Tristan's free-kick ensured West Ham became one of just four teams to leave the Britannia Stadium with three points.

Good afternoon from the Britannia Stadium.

Gianfranco Zola has made three changes to the team that drew with Fulham. The suspended Scott Parker is replaced by Radoslav Kovac while the fit-again Valon Behrami and Jack Collison start in place of Luis Jimenez and Zavon Hines, who both drop to the bench.

Stoke City show an unchanged starting XI from their draw at Everton so former Hammer of the Year Matthew Etherington will line up against his former club.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Kovac (Stanislas 83), Collison (Franco 89), Behrami, Noble, Diamanti (Hines 78), Cole
Subs: Kurucz, Spector, Da Costa, Jimenez

Stoke City: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Collins, Shawcross, Delap (Lawrence 68), Etherington, Whitehead, Diao (Whelan 78), Fuller, Beattie (Kitson 83)
Subs: Simonsen, Higginbotham, Wilkinson, Tuncay