But­land makes a point to South­gate

Sunday Express - - Front Page - Stoke 0 West Ham 0 By Greg Makin

STOKE and West Ham shared the spoils in a goal­less draw as Jack But­land kept his first clean sheet since his re­turn – in front of watch­ing Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate.

The Potters reached the 40-point mark but they had no joy in an at­tack­ing sense as Saido Ber­ahino was de­nied a first goal for the club by Win­ston Reid’s fine block and a ter­rific save from Adrian.

South­gate wit­nessed But­land make just his sec­ond ap­pear­ance since he frac­tured his an­kle while on in­ter­na­tional duty in March last year. But­land im­pressed with saves from An­dre Ayew and Manuel Lanzini ahead of a pos­si­ble Eng­land re­turn in June.

The Ham­mers lacked cre­ativ­ity but Ayew did dis­play some in­ge­nu­ity with an over­head kick that pro­vided But­land with his first test, one he duly passed.

There were few English play­ers in ei­ther side for South­gate to cast his eye over but one of them, Ber­ahino, was hop­ing to open his Stoke ac­count 427 days on from his last goal for West Brom.

Marko Ar­nau­tovic’s pull-back found the for­ward, yet Reid had other ideas as he flung him­self in front of Ber­ahino’s pow­er­ful shot.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes said of But­land: “Jack is a top class keeper. We’re all de­lighted he’s show­ing the form prior to the in­jury.”

His op­po­site num­ber Slaven Bilic said: “We need more points but it may be enough. I was pleased with the per­for­mance but there’s a frus­tra­tion that we didn’t win the game.”

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