West Ham frus­trated at home af­ter draw with Stoke

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West Ham con­tin­ued its un­sta­ble start to life at the Lon­don Sta­dium as Stoke came from be­hind to earn a 1-1 draw in the Pre­mier League yes­ter­day.

Crowd trou­ble has marred the club’s move to the 2012 Olympic venue, but it was on-field prob­lems that left home fans frus­trated this time. Ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures con­tained any drama off the field, but the vis­i­tors’ re­silience en­sured it wasn’t a per­fect af­ter­noon for West Ham. Michail An­to­nio looked to have set Slaven Bilic’s side on its way to vic­tory as he headed Dim­itri Payet’s cross in the 65th, with the ball hit­ting Stoke’s Glenn Whe­lan be­fore go­ing into the net.

But a goal­keep­ing er­ror from Adrian al­lowed Stoke back into the game just 10 min­utes later. The West Ham stop­per came need­lessly charg­ing off his line, al­low­ing Jonathan Wal­ters to cen­ter for Bo­jan Kr­kic to vol­ley into an empty net.

In a first half al­most com­pletely de­void of goal­mouth ac­tion, West Ham came clos­est as An­gelo Og­bonna’s header from Payet’s cor­ner was well saved by Lee Grant, be­fore Payet came close with a free kick on the stroke of half­time.

Stoke could be for­given for its lim­ited pro­duc­tion in at­tack, with chief creators Marko Ar­nau­tovic and Xher­dan Shaqiri ab­sent through sus­pen­sion and in­jury.

Bilic pushed An­to­nio into a more ad­vanced po­si­tion as he in­tro­duced Edim­il­son Fer­nan­des and Ash­ley Fletcher and was re­warded just three min­utes later as Payet picked out An­to­nio.

Mark Hughes re­sponded by in­tro­duc­ing Peter Crouch and Bo­jan and it took the Span­ish for­ward just four min­utes to make an im­pact, as his neat fin­ish claimed a point for his side.

The re­sult saw both sides climb one po­si­tion in the Pre­mier League, with West Ham now 16th and Stoke 11th af­ter win­ning its pre­vi­ous three league games. Both sides could drop lower de­pend­ing to­day’s re­sults. — AP beIN SPORTS 2 HD beIN SPORTS 2 HD beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS 7 HD beIN SPORTS 2 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 6 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 3 HD beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 12 HD EN beIN SPORTS 9 HD beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 1 HD beIN SPORTS 4 HD beIN SPORTS 5 HD beIN SPORTS 5 HD beIN SPORTS 6 HD beIN SPORTS 6 HD beIN SPORTS 6 HD

LON­DON: West Ham Stoke City 1

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