HART TO BELIEVE!
WEST HAM UNITED manager David Moyes said he was surprised by goalkeeper Joe Hart’s mistake that handed Stoke City the opening goal in yesterday’s 1-1 Premier League draw but he defended the England player after his side had to settle for a point. Hart would have been desperate to impress once again ahead of the World Cup, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands, but he produced a major error which led to Stoke scoring after 79 minutes. Hart had failed to hold a shot from Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Peter Crouch was on hand to score from close-range. But striker Andy Carroll came off the bench to spared his blushes with a superb equaliser in added time to salvage a draw and move the Hammers a step closer to safety. West Ham have 35 points from 33 games and Moyes feels they need one more victory to guarantee survival and said he would not blame Hart for their failure to take all three points. “He had two very similar shots in the first half and he took them quite comfortably in his midriff. So it was a surprise that it spilt out. But, look, if you’re a goalkeeper it’s going to happen,” Moyes said.”Last week after he made fantastic saves at Chelsea, I said to him: ‘Well done’. I didn’t go over the top because I expect him to do that. Tonight I’ll tell him: ‘You should have done better on that one.’