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Played
August 31, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 34946‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Jermaine Pennant
Jermaine Pennant
Stoke City
Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic
Stoke City
Flop of the Match
Modibo Maiga
Modibo Maiga
West Ham
Modibo Maiga
Modibo Maiga
West Ham

West Ham 0-1 Stoke City: Pennant free kick downs Hammers

Mark Hughes men picked up a deserved three points at Upton Park against a poor Hammers display thanks to the second-half substitute's delightful set-piece effort

West Ham United v Stoke City, Jonathan Walters, Matt Jarvis
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Jermaine Pennant came off the bench to score a late free kick as Stoke City recorded a 1-0 Premier League win at West Ham Unitedon Saturday.

The visitors were the better side and kept West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen busy throughout the match, particularly in the first half.

West Ham did improve after the break but Pennant curled in a delightful free kick with eight minutes to play for the visitors.

VIEW FROM UPTON PARK
By Alex Ward

This could be the watershed moment for the Mark Hughes era. After winning just once in their last 12 away outings, his side have earned an accomplished win here at West Ham.

Jermaine Pennant silenced the critics with a stunning free kick effort but most of the blame can be placed on the shoulders of the Hammers weak attacking core, who lacked creativity in every conceivable dimension.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce made 11 changes to the side that beat Cheltenham Town in the League Cup on Tuesday, recalling key men Jaaskelainen, Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis among others.

Stoke were also victorious during the week as a Kenwyne Jones hat-trick inspired them to a 3-1 win over Walsall, and the forward kept his place in the side, while winger Matthew Etherington was included against his former club.

Jones almost continued his scoring form inside the first 10 minutes as he latched on to a through ball from Adam, but after holding off Winston Reid with a typical showing of strength, he could only fire over.

West Ham were slow out of the blocks and although they gradually grew into the game, their final ball let them down on several occasions.

Stoke – who had eight shots on goal in the first half - continued to threaten and Jaaskelainen made several good saves, initially turning Marc Wilson's swerving volley wide.

The Finland international then kept out a close-range header from Jonathan Walters, who was incorrectly judged to be offside.

West Ham's first significant chance of the match came in the 35th minute, but Modibo Maiga could not direct his harder on target after a good Jarvis cross, as both sides went to the break without a goal.

Stoke picked up where they left off in the second half, and nearly took the lead in fortuitous circumstances.

Adam's in-swinging corner hit an unsuspecting Ryan Shawcross on the thigh but went wide, while Allardyce looked to substitute Ravel Morrison to spark his side into life.

Reid had a chance at the other end for West Ham, but volleyed over after a corner was improperly cleared, before Stoke took a deserving lead in the 82nd minute.

Pennant – who had been introduced just six minutes earlier for Etherington – curled the set-piece around the ball, giving Jaaskelainen no chance.

And although West Ham threw bodies forward late in a bid to get an equaliser, Pennant's first goal since May 2011 was enough to give Stoke all three points.



West Ham

22
Jussi Jaaskelainen
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Winston Reid
Defender
81′
3.50
17
Joey O'Brien
Midfielder
3.50
19
James Collins
Defender
94′
4.00
20
Guy Demel
Defender
3.50
4
Kevin Nolan
Midfielder
3.00
7
Matthew Jarvis
Midfielder
3.00
16
Mark Noble
Midfielder
84′
3.50
21
Mohamed Diame
Midfielder
88′
3.00
19
Stewart Downing
Midfielder
63′
2.50
10
Modibo Maiga
Striker
1.00

Stoke City

3.50
1
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
3.50
4
Robert Huth
Defender
3.50
12
Marc Wilson
Defender
3.00
17
3.50
20
3.50
15
Steven N'Zonzi
Midfielder
3.50
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
76′
3.00
26
3.00
9
2.50
19

Substitutes

5
 - 
26
R. Raţ
Defender
 - 
-
Jack Collison
Midfielder
84′
 - 
14
Matthew Taylor
Midfielder
 - 
49
Ravel Morrison
Midfielder
63′
3.50
47
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Substitutes

 - 
29
 - 
5
Muniesa
Defender
3.00
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
76′
4.00
7
 - 
24
 - 
25
 - 
30

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18 6
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16 0
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15 2