Live Blog: West Ham United vs Stoke City: Premier League Matchday 34 Live From The London Stadium

Matchday Live Blog

10:45 PM: Unfortunately, we’ve reached the end of our evening here at London Stadium as both managers have now ended their respective press conferences on the night where relegation rivals West Ham and Stoke played out a dramatic 1-1 draw with both team’s netting inside the final 10 minutes to stretch Moyes’ men’s unbeaten run to three and stop a rot of four defeats for Lambert’s team.

The point kept the East Londoners in 14th position and now a full seven points in front of the dreaded drop zone, the Potters stayed in that bottom three with the stalemate, but did edge a point closer to safety, now five points off Swansea City in 17th ahead of their next match against high-flyers the Clarets at the bet 365 Stadium on Sunday.

The Hammers are also next in action on that very day when they make the short trip to North London to face off with capital rivals Arsenal. We hope to be Live-Blogging once again this Friday evening when the Young Hammers take on, coincidentally, the Gunners here at London Stadium for the final match of the Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign, please do join us for that one.

In terms of the first-team, we will bring you live coverage of their next home game against Manchester City here in Stratford on Sunday week. I would like to sincerely thank you for joining us and choosing our coverage on this Monday evening, especially to those who have been with us for the full five hours. Please do stay across all of our platforms for further reaction to this match over the next few days, thank you very much, I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville live from London Stadium, goodbye and goodnight.

On Hart’s big error:

“I’ll tell him, you should have done better on that one.”

On Lanzini’s injury and return:

“Manu’s fitness is OK, it’s just seeing if his knee is OK.”

On his team’s showing tonight and recent results:

“It was one of the better performances since I’ve been here.”

“I think the points we’ve taken in recent weeks have been really important.”

On one of his side’s disallowed goals:

“I did see the one where Marko was level, I thought the referee made the right decision.”

On goalscorer Carroll’s fitness:

“I don’t know if we are going to get him 90 minutes.”

More on his team’s performance:

“I’m pleased with the team’s performance.”

10:30 PM: Hammers boss Moyes has swiftly joined us here, following his opposite number, live quotes to follow………..

On Sunday’s clash with Burnley:

“If the supporters do what they can do, we have to just turn up and get a win.”

On his team’s luck after West Ham’s trio of disallowed goals:

“I must have broken a mirror somewhere, I’ve not had any luck, I was due it, the club was due it.”

On the challenge of playing at the London Stadium and his team’s performance:

“The atmosphere that the stadium creates, it’s a tough place to come.”

“The performances were very good, very good.”

“I thought we played a really good game.”

10:26 PM: Potters boss Hughes has arrived here for his post-match press conference, live quotes to follow……….

10:15 PM: When each manager arrives to address us, we will bring you live quotes from them, stay with us as we are expecting them presently.

10:10 PM: We have swiftly arrived here in the Press Conference Room and are awaiting the arrival of Moyes and Lambert to speak to us here.

10:00 PM: Well, a very dramatic night indeed here at the London Stadium as Crouch’s finish had looked to win the Potters a crucial three points, but substitute Carroll had the last say and it finished 1-1, stay with us for live reaction from both managers in their post-match press conferences.

9:51 PM: Full-time: West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City.

90+4: Ireland lifts a cross in on the break, the flag helps the Hammers this time, offside.

90+3: Kouyate wins a key free-kick in the middle, a chance to launch one.

90+2: That was close, the ball is deflected for a corner, Hart catches a Crouch header from it.

90+1: More agony inside London Stadium as Lanzini nets a similar volley but the flag is up yet again, the Potters now have a dangerous free-kick.

90: You really couldn’t write this stuff, it’s the substitute Carroll volleying home a Cresswell cross and the Hammers are level, four minutes have been added on!

90: GOAL! West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City.

89: Little comes of it and the same can be said about the next home attack.

89: A strong delivery is just nodded over for a corner.

88: A chance to get a ball into the area now in the form of a Hammers’ free-kick.

87: Sarcastic cheers as Hart catches a ball, his mistake may have cost West Ham dearly here.

86: Carroll is back on the pitch for the hosts, taking the place of Mario, Ireland comes on for Diouf for the visitors.

85: Kouyate is shown a yellow card for fouling Shaqiri, a chance to run the clock down for Stoke.

84: The ball comes back out to Mario, who skies one from range.

83: The Hammers want a penalty again, again they don’t get one, they do now have a corner, however.

82: Lanzini’s shot hits the wall, not the best way to mark his comeback.

81: Hernandez breaks and wins a foul, a huge free-kick chance awaits as Martins Indi is booked.

80: West Ham have a penalty claim turned down, Zouma on Hernandez as Lanzini makes his return, replacing Masuaku.

79: And as I type, Stoke look to have, Hart spills a Shqiri shot straight to Crouch, a real howler and the substitute finishes well.

79: Goal: West Ham United 0-1 Stoke City.

78: 12 minutes left for either of these sides to find a winner.

77: Kouyate has a crossing chance on the left, he slips and can’t deliver properly, the ball is cleared.

76: Moyes makes his first substitute, Fernandes is applauded and rightly so as Hernandez replaces him.

75: This one is wasted like the others, the home side still on top.

74: Rice is there to block a cross once more, Stoke commit one more foul while the Hammers break, their tactics are becoming pretty clear.

74: The delivery is better but evades all in the box.

73: The Cresswell effort is blocked and you guessed it, Noble wins yet one more free-kick.

72: The lively Mario gets himself yet another free-kick, more central now and further out.

71: This one is easily headed away and the danger is gone, for now.

71: It’s cleared and worked to Rice, he gets another corner.

70: Mario shoots and the wall blocks it for a corner.

70: Meanwhile, Bauer is replaced by Crouch for Stoke.

69: Cresswell strikes and Butland denies him again, another free-kick is won moments later, on the other side this time.

67: Just seeing replays on my monitor now, offside Arnautovic was deemed to be interfering with the play, the Hammers attack again, but Stoke can clear they now have a free-kick on the edge of the box.

66: Goal or no? What? Fernandes shoots and scores, but the flag was up for the second time this evening.

65: Ogbonna clears a dangerous cross and the second delivery is also cleared, Arnautovic draws a foul on the break.

64: The Irons are really pushing for an opener, will they get it?

63: Noble shoots from the edge, his effort is tame and Zabaleta just can’t flick to Arnautovic with the next cross.

63: Masuaku plays Cresswell in and he crosses low, clearance and corner.

62: Shaqiri tries his luck, however, seeing his shot blocked and then cleared by Zabaleta.

61: The away side make their first change of the night with Cameron replacing Sobhi.

61: Masuaku’s long throw can only find Butland, not the best communication there.

60: Mario finds a pocket of space on the edge of the area after Masuaku’s pass, although he is soon crowded out, 0-0 on the hour mark.

58: Arnautovic golds the ball up nicely to play in Mario, although his deflected cross is caught, Bauer runs offside when the Potters counter that.

57: Cresswell looks long for Masuaku, his pressure winning a throw that is wasted.

56: The visitors now go close, the lively Bauer picking out Diouf, his close-range flick flying just over.

55: Agonising! Cresswell finds Arnautovic to head home, but the offside flag was up, despair all around London Stadium.

55: Arnautovic breaks but just can’t find the end product.

54: Bauer fails to keep it in on the near side, breaking up Stoke’s pressure.

53: Ogbonna hasn’t started this half the best, his long ball sails out of play for a throw-in.

52: The Claret & Blue Army are really getting behind their side here as Masuaku touches the ball down with skill below me.

51: The Hammers’ spell of pressure ends with Ogbonna giving away a free-kick.

50: Zabaleta nearly finds Fernandes for a tap-in down the other end, it’s cleared for a corner.

49: Shqiri is gifted a huge chance just yards out, but he can neither shoot nor find a teammate, will he live to regret that miss?

48: A quiet start to this final 45 minutes, little to report.

47: Sobhi swings a ball in but Hart catches easily.

46: The Hammers get the second period underway, 0-0.

9:00 PM: A very swift pie in the Press Lounge at the break and we are back to bring you the second period of this goalless, so far, Premier League clash between the Hammers and the Potters, will one team edge in front in the final 45? Stay with us to find out.

8:46 PM: Half-time: West Ham United 0-0 Stoke City.

45+1: Noble hits one and Butland saves easily.

45: Just one minute will be added before half-time.

45: Masuaku is guilty of giving away a foul in the Stoke half, free-kick to be launched long.

43: Cresswell overcooks the delivery and Butland can catch rather easily.

43: Fernandes is clever in drawing a foul in a dangerous area here.

41: Sobhi is played in behind and brings the ball down, he can only scuff it goalbound, however, the danger is then eventually cleared.

40: No foul on Mario as he breaks and then a foul going against them down below me rouses the Hammers fans.

39: Zabaleta gives away a throw on the near side.

38: Wonderful last-man work from Rice on the break, he denies Diouf after he beats Cresswell.

37: Kouyate finds space on the right, his low cross a defender from finding Arnautovic.

36: Masuaku has a go as the ball comes back out, just wide.

36: Arnautovic goes close again, Zabaleta’s strong pull-back gives him a volley chance, it is flicked wide, corner.

35: Ogbonna is sloppy, though the Potters cannot make him pay, ten to go to the break, 0-0.

34: Arnautovic takes a quick throw into Fernandes, he plays it in to Mario, but he can’t control, a big chance.

33: Masuaku is penalised for a tackle that won him the ball, Hart saves from Diouf later in the play.

32: The flag stays down as Mario is played in long, he finds Arnautovic who can only fire wide from a tricky angle.

31: Stoke can’t find Diouf long, while Fernandes is down injured having jumped for a header moments ago.

30: Fans are not happy with Shawcross’ long-winded shoelace tying session, boos all around.

29: Cresswell gets a threatening ball in, although, moments later, play is stopped for a foul in the area.

28: The Hammers break and the ball almost falls for Arnautovic, a sweeping tackle puts it out for a corner.

27: Strong defending from Cresswell as he nods the ball calmly back to Hart, end-to-end stuff here.

26: Arnautovic looks for Fernandes, he is unlucky, as Hart claims in the opposite box.

24: Arnautovic is played in on the counter, he just can;t bring it down. however.

24: Noble gives the ball away and the Potters break, Kouyate is pulled up for a tactical foul.

23: Moyes’ men have probably edged the game so far, but there hasn’t been much to separate the teams, in all honesty.

22: England boss Gareth Southgate is here once more tonight, keeping close tabs on some of his players, 0-0.

21: The East London team get forward once again, but Masuaku just cannot keep it in and the signal is goal-kick.

19: Shaqiri gets told off for fouling Kouyate, the African to strong for him as the Hammers have a delivery hooked away.

18: The East Londoners are enjoying some dominance here, they have another throw in the Stoke half.

17: Cresswell decides to hit one, corner, while Arnautovic exchanges pleasantries with the away fans.

16: The Irons now have a promising free-kick, that’s after Martins Indi fouled Arnautovic.

16: The home side then attacked themselves, getting a dangerous throw on the left.

15: The delivery is dealt with as is a second, sound defending from the Hammers.

14: Diouf holds one up for the visitors and Rice clears, City now have a free-kick.

13: Noble gets in on the right flank, though the flag is up below me, miles offside.

12: Another let-off perhaps as Bauer strikes straight at Hart from a promising position.

11: Kouyate is dispossessed on the edge of his own area, luckily for the Hammers, referee Oliver blew his whistle for a foul, a let-off.

10: Zabaleta gets a round of applause for an excellent tackle on the near side, stopping a Potters break.

9: The game has faded out slightly after the frantic start I must say.

8: Ogbonna snuffs an opposing attack out on the far side but Stoke come again.

7: The first ball is smahed away for a throw-in, from which the hosts are flagged offside.

6: Very nearly already! Arnautovic is played in down the left and forces a corner, superb work.

5: An electric atmosphere early on here at London Stadium, can the home players make them proud this evening?

4: The Irons try to get forward again but Butland ends up with the ball in his arms.

3: Arnautovic is getting plenty of grief from the Potters fans, that will no doubt fire him up, 0-0.

3: A ball in from the right finds its way to Masuaku, he sees his cross saved by Butland while Allen forces Hart to save at the other end, busy start.

1: Stoke are first to pressurise but nothing comes of their early forward movements.

8:00 PM: The visitors get the game underway and we are off here at London Stadium!!

7:55 PM: The two teams have walked out here to a tremendous chorus of “Bubbles” and the start is just moments away on this atmospheric night in East London.

7:50 PM: The London Stadium is filling up nicely under the lights here and the atmosphere is building as we edge towards kick-off, stay with us for exclusive live text commentary from 8 PM on one of the biggest nights of the season for both the Hammers and the Potters.

7:45 PM: With the start of this matchup now only 15 minutes away, it’s time to head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to vote in our late score prediction poll.

7:40 PM: Well, the West Ham first-team weren’t the only ones in action today, the U23s travelled to Derby County in the penultimate game of the Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign, and fell to a defeat, you can follow their final match of the season against Arsenal on Friday night here at London Stadium with us.

7:35 PM: Much of the pre-match attention here at London Stadium has been on the aforementioned Arnautovic, who has been directly involved in Moyes’ boys last three league goals, he spoke of his desire to get one over his ex-club once again earlier in the week.

7:30 PM: Just the half-hour more to wait until this evening’s kick-off here, the atmosphere is building nicely inside the former Olympic Stadium as darkness begins to set in, if the home supporters are as loud as they were the last time the Hammers played here, we should be in for a real treat on and off the pitch.

7:25 PM: Both sets of players are now out to stretch their legs on this fine evening at London Stadium, they won’t need much warming up for once on this mild Monday.

7:20 PM: Kick-off is drawing ever closer here at London Stadium, so now we get the chance to have a look at some match statistics to wet the appetite for tonight’s key encounter.

  • West Ham have the chance tonight to do the Premier League double over Stoke for the first time since the 2008/2009 season.
  • In-form Hammers forward Arnautovic can score in consecutive matches against the club he left in August 2017 this evening.
  • The Potters have only visited the London Stadium once before, leaving with a point in November 2016.
  • Three points for the hosts will move them nine points clear of the bottom three on this Monday night.
  • If they do get that victory, it will be their first at home over City since March 2011.

7:15 PM: To elaborate more on that Stoke team news for you, the away side have been forced into just the one change tonight from last Saturday’s narrow home loss to Tottenham Hotspur, ex-Hammer Glen Johnson is out and replaced by Zouma in defence, just the total of one alteration between either side today.

7:10 PM: This evening’s full teamsheet, including the full matchday squads selected by both Lambert and Moyes.

7:05 PM: Fairly straightforward from the home manager Moyes this evening as he names an unchanged team from last Sunday’s PL draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, full teamsheet, including tonight’s visitors’ starting Xl coming up shortly.

7:00 PM: West Ham United starting Xl to face Stoke City: Hart (GK), Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble (C), Kouyate, Fernandes, Mario, Arnautovic.

Substitutes: Adrian, Evra, Cullen, Lanzini, Hugill, Carroll, Hernandez.

6:55 PM: With team news now very much on the horizon, a reminder that when we do get underway in just over an hour here at London Stadium, we will be bringing you live text commentary of the Hammers vs the Potters, you won’t want to miss it.

6:50 PM: Tonight is the Irons’ first Monday night fixture here at London Stadium since the visit of Huddersfield Town last September, a match they won 2-0, will this day prove a lucky omen for them once again?

6:45 PM: A mere 15 minutes remain until we bring you team news here in Stratford ahead of our 8 PM BST kick-off, the home side are expected to be with the trio of James Collins, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll returning from injury and pictures of them arriving on my monitor show u that they are, but will the trio be thrown back in to start? Stay with us.

6:40 PM: The stunning London Stadium scene is set as I’ve now made my way up to the Press Box on this Sunny, mild evening.

6:30 PM: With just 30 further minutes to wait until we bring you the first word of team news here at London Stadium, while we wait, why not check out my Match Preview to get you up to speed with this evening’s relegation six-pointer? Find it here.

6:25 PM: Now, I must also apologise for not, yet, being able to get a high-profile score prediction for tonight’s encounter from those around me here in the Press Lounge, in recent weeks we have had predictions from the likes of Alvin Martin and Dean Ashton, but this evening you will have to put up with mine instead. If you want to cast your own score prediction or have your say on mine, please get in touch via Twitter @MooreThanAClub.

Luke Glanville: West Ham United 3-0 Stoke City.

6:20 PM: So, now that food matters have been attended to, we can start thinking about the real reason any of us are here at London Stadium tonight, the football. Senegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate is the cover star of tonight’s Programme, how will he get un under the lights for the Hammers?

6:15 PM: It was apple strudel after that, equally as scrumptious.

6:10 PM: Some kind of chicken and ham stew for main course here in the Press Lounge today, OK I may not know entirely what it was, but it was delicious, and due to some technical issues the photo will not upload, apologies for that, you can find it on my Twitter.

6:05 PM: Here is what this evening’s Match Accreditation looks like, my favourite B1 spot to bring you live text commentary from tonight.

6:00 PM: Good evening from a blustery London Stadium where we have arrived to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from the crucial Premier League bottom six clash between David Moyes’ West Ham United and Paul Lambert’s Stoke City tonight, thank you very much for joining us on this warm Monday and what a night of football we have ahead of us here. I’m your Host Reporter Luke Glanville and you can find me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the site @MooreThanAClub.

It promises to be a high-octane evening here in Stratford as the league’s 19th-placed and 15th placed teams go head-to-head with kick-off at 8 PM BST, around two hours from now. Three points for the hosts could be enough to ensure they are playing Top-Flight football next season, while a defeat for the visitors would be a real sucker punch to their own hopes of survival. We will bring you first word of team news in exactly an hour’s time, but make sure you don’t go anywhere as between now and then, as we will have plenty of exclusive build-up for you, including, we hope, some score predictions from the ex-Hammers and Journalistic personalities that surround me here in the Press Lounge, stay with us.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.