Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Lambert admits West Ham equaliser 'is a blow'

Lambert admits West Ham equaliser 'is a blow'

West Ham United are under no impression that they are safe in the Premier League but a victory against Stoke City will greatly improve their chances of staying in the top flight, defender Arthur Masuaku said. If we did, the football gods really would be against us.

But West Ham showed all their fighting qualities as they rescued a point in added time when Carroll volleyed a cross from Aaron Cresswell past Jack Butland into the corner of the net.

Meanwhile, Stoke chief, Paul Lambert, said: "If we'd got the three points, I thought we'd deserved something from the game anyway. With the atmosphere in stadium, it is a hard place to come but I thought we were excellent". We had good chances for an away team but I know they had a couple of goals disallowed too.

"We were very good with some very good moments".

West Ham, who have yet to win consecutive home league games this season, can climb to 12th in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone, if they beat Stoke.

Lambert admits West Ham equaliser 'is a blow'
Lambert admits West Ham equaliser 'is a blow'

With AP Photos.Andy Carroll scores a 90th-minute equalizer soon after coming off the bench to earn West Ham a 1-1 draw against Stoke, which is denied a vital win in its bid to escape relegation from the English Premier League. I couldn't ask for any more from my players'. The intent is to go and win and we will do everything we can to get three points.

"As long as we don't give up, keep that level then we're right in the fight".

"I thought we should have won, we played really well", Moyes told Sky Sports. He was the one that showed us, and going to centre-forward freed him up a little bit. Stoke have been losing a few late goals so I thought we could get one, but after we went down we had to find a different way of doing it. No one is seriously asking Gareth Southgate to include Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch in his World Cup squad and yet is there anything more traditionally English than the sight of both of them giving their struggling teams a lifeline?

"We didn't need to make subs as the team was playing well and we were dominant".

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