West Ham United 1, Stoke City 1: David Moyes in confident mood after Andy Carroll nets late leveller for Hammers

 
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Striker Andy Carroll had only been on the field a matter of minutes when he netted West Ham's leveller (Source: Getty)

West Ham boss David Moyes cut a serene figure after a last-gasp leveller from substitute Andy Carroll boosted his side’s Premier League survival chances and deepened the relegation worries of opponents Stoke.

The Potters had looked on course for a priceless victory in their battle against the drop when former England hitman Peter Crouch climbed off the bench to give the visitors a late lead.

But Carroll’s intervention proved costly for Paul Lambert’s charges, who remain in 19th place, five points adrift of safety, whereas the Hammers are now seven points clear of the drop zone in 14th.

“We’re in a good position – far better than when I took over – and it was a good point in the end,” said Moyes. “We could have come away with nothing.

“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose. If we did, the football gods really would be against us. We bossed the majority of the game. In the main, we played well and were on top when they got their goal.

“The points we’ve picked up in recent games will help us. Our performances are getting better and normally good performances lead to results. We’ve just had a win and two draws and at this time of the season that’s not too bad.”

Stoke managerLambert, meanwhile, remains convinced that his players have the quality to prolong the club’s 10-year stay in the top flight, with Sunday’s clash with Burnley now heightened in importance.

“I’m really proud of the team and if we keep doing what we’re doing then we’ll certainly be in the mix,” said Lambert. “I have great belief. We’ve had some really good games but have been unfortunate with Lady Luck.”

West Ham were searching for back-to-back Premier League victories at the London Stadium for only the second time and threatened within the opening moments as Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland repelled Arthur Masuaku’s low drive with his feet.

Butland was then on hand to turn an Aaron Cresswell free-kick around the post, while the England stopper also took a Marko Arnautovic shot flush in the face.

Stoke, however, hinted at their first victory in 10 games and only their second on the road all season when Xherdan Shaqiri’s 79th-minute effort was spilled by Three Lions hopeful Joe Hart and Crouch thundered home the rebound from close range.

But West Ham roared back and salvaged a potentially invaluable point in the last minute of the 90 when Cresswell’s ball into the box was met on the volley by Carroll, who guided the ball beyond a helpless Butland.

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