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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.’

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