Car­roll sal­vages vi­tal point for West Ham

The Dominion Post - - Sport -

Andy Car­roll scored a 90th-minute equaliser for West Ham to draw with rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Stoke 1-1 in the English Pre­mier League and come to team-mate Joe Hart’s res­cue after the goal­keeper’s lat­est er­ror yes­ter­day.

Stoke were close to a huge win in their fight to avoid the drop when Car­roll, who had been on the field as a sub­sti­tute for just four minutes, met a left-wing cross with a crisp vol­ley into the bot­tom corner.

That strike spared the blushes of Hart, whose fum­ble al­lowed Pe­ter Crouch - an­other sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute - to put Stoke ahead in the 79th at the Olympic Sta­dium.

A vic­tory for the vis­i­tors would have seen them move to within three points of safety and keep West Ham in real dan­ger of go­ing down.

As it turned out, Stoke have five points to make up in their fi­nal four games to pre­serve their topflight sta­tus.

‘‘The goal was a kick in the teeth,’' Crouch said.

Car­roll last played for West Ham more than three months ago, with an an­kle in­jury de­priv­ing the team of its tar­get man up front.

The point left West Ham seven points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Stoke are likely to need at least three wins from their fi­nal four games to stay up.

‘‘It is a blow be­cause we were close to win­ning,’' Stoke man­ager Paul Lam­bert said. ‘‘We’re right in the fight, no mis­take about it.’'

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