West Ham 1 – Stoke City 1
Was that the result which sealed Stoke City’s relegation fate this season?
And what about West Ham? Are they really out of relegation danger following a point against the Potters on Monday night?
Stoke suffered a major blow to their survival hopes as they conceded a 90th minute goal to Andy Carroll.
West Ham’s late leveller came after Peter Crouch had fired the visitors ahead in the 79th minute following yet another high-profile mistake from Joe Hart.
Aaron Cresswell savaged by Andy Carroll
Carroll’s goal marked a terrific return to action for the striker after missing 13 matches through injury.
It’s been another stop/start season for Carroll, who now has three Premier League goals this campaign.
As to the specifics of the strike against Stoke, Carroll showed a glimpse of his ability by volleying home a brilliant shot from just inside the Potters box.
Aaron Cresswell laid the ball on for Carroll, but in a post match interview with Danny Dyer, Carroll trolled the assist-maker for his delivery:
I thought it wasn’t a good ball to be honest. I thought it was a bit behind me.
I’ve just told (Cresswell in the locker room), ‘I’ve made a bad one look a good one to be honest’. It didn’t reach the box, so I’ve had to hesitate my run to get on the end of it.
Enjoy the Andy Carroll interview below.
Who is going down from the Premier League?
The result pushed West Ham up to 14th in the division. The Hammers have 35 points from 33 matches, but they’ve got an incredibly tough end to the season.
West Ham’s final five matches are against Arsenal (a), Man City (h), Leicester (a), Man United (h) and Everton (h).
As for Stoke, they remain second bottom of the league with 28 points from 34 matches.
Realistically Stoke need at least three wins to have a chance of beating the drop.
That’s unlikely considering they have one win in 11 matches.