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Premier League

  • 2 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 26250

Live Commentary

  • Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Full time here at the Britannia Stadium and West Ham have pulled off something of a shock given they have not won on their travels since November and Stoke have only lost here once before today. Jack Collison's goal at the end of the first half was the difference, the midfielder calmly firing past Asmir Begovic after being found by Ricardo Vaz Te. The Hammers were resilient and survived a late scare as Charlie Adam struck the bar to secure the win."
  • West Ham collect a win to end their poor run of form as Sam Allardyce's side are rewarded for their ambition despite losing two players to injury in the early stages. After Stoke had the better of the opening few minutes with their two strikers bringing aerial pressure on the Hammers' defence, the East London side grew stronger as the half went on and went ahead after a neat pass from substitute Ricardo Vaz Te found the composed Jack Collison who finished past keeper Asmir Begovic. James Collins had already come close to heading his side into the lead and Andy Carroll did likewise, and the Potters struggled and appeared short of inspiration. Tony Pulis' side ramped up the pressure in the closing stages of the match but could not find a way through to equalise, with James Collins and Winston Reid expertly repelling the aerial threat posed by the giant strike force and Ricardo Vaz Te's pace and dribbling ability a good outlet for his side. Despite Charlie Adam going close with a stunning late strike, the Hammers deservedly held on for the win and now level with Stoke in mid-table on 33 points.
  • 90' + 5'
    West Ham see out the final minute of the game and the referee blows the whistle to consign the Potters to defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
  • 90' + 4'
    Shea attempts to cross the ball in under heavy pressure on the left flank but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
  • 90' + 2'
    Shea controls the ball on the left edge of the box and appeals for a handball as the ball strikes Demel's arm at close range but is unsuccessful. Andy Carroll is offside as he counter-attacks but wastes time as he side-foots the ball into the net and is lucky not to receive a second yellow card.
  • 90' + 2'
    Shea controls the ball on the left edge of the box and appeals for a handball as the ball strikes Demel's arm at close range but is unsuccessful. Andy Carroll is offside as he counter-attacks but wastes time as he side-foots the ball into the net and is lucky not to receive a second yellow card.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Steven N'Zonzi
  • 90'
    Adam hits an outstanding shot onto the bar after chesting the ball down following Crouch's knock-down, but West Ham counter and Vaz Te wins another free kick on the left flank before holding the ball up.
  • 90'
    West Ham are repelling Stoke's aerial bombardment so far and look like they can hang on for the win.
  • 88'
    Adam takes a free kick from the half way line and although West Ham head clear, Stoke retain possession until Wilson blasts the ball over the bar with a speculative shot from range.
  • 87'
    Jaaskelainen comes to catch a cross aimed for Crouch and throws the ball to Vaz Te, who calmly runs the ball up the pitch for a throw in.
  • 86'
    Brek Shea receives the ball on the left flank after good hold-up play from Jones and Crouch and floats a cross towards Jerome at the back post, but the cross is overhit and the chance is lost.
  • 85'
    Stoke are pushing forward as Andy Carroll is being forced back to defend against the Potters' pressure.
  • 84'
    Charlie Adam disappointingly overhits his cross when he picks up the ball in space outside the left edge of the box.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionMatt Jarvis Emanuel Pogatetz
  • 83'
    West Ham bring on defender Emanuel Pogatetz in place of Matt Jarvis as Sam Allardyce adds height to reinforce his back line.
  • 81'
    Adam floats the ball towards the far post but West Ham are able to clear and as Stoke switch the ball to the right flank, the referee stops play as Winston Reid falls to the floor with a head injury incurred in a challenge with Kenwyne Jones.
  • 80'
    Winston Reid concedes a free kick outside the box and Charlie Adam steps up to take the delivery.
  • 78'
    Shotton gives the ball to Vaz Te who advances quickly up the right flank before passing to Collison. Collison returns the pass after his shot is blocked and as the striker lures out Begovic and cuts inside to shoot he is dispossessed in a last-ditch tackle.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionGlenn Whelan Charlie Adam
  • 76'
    Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan, and Tony Pulis will hope his accurate left foot can find the head of one of his many target-men and equalise for the Potters.
  • 75'
    Striker Kenwyne Jones replaces Jon Walters to form what seems the tallest front four ever alongside Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome and Brek Shea.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionJonathan Walters Kenwyne Jones
  • 74'
    Jaaskelainen gives his back four a scare after coming well off his line only to fail to win the ball ahead of Walters, but he retreats and gets back to his line as Stoke cross the ball towards the penalty spot and concede possession.
  • 73'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "There is real tension around the Britannia Stadium as Stoke continue to be frustrated by this well organised West Ham side."
  • 72'
    Walters is deemed to have fouled his marker and Jaaskelainen launches the ball forward with a free kick.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Andy Carroll
  • 70'
    Glenn Whelan fouls Diame after losing the ball under heavy pressure from the West Ham midfielder.
  • 69'
    Andy Carroll is awarded a yellow card after remonstrating with the referee as part of his appeal for a foul after a challenge from Wilkinson.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionMichael Kightly Brek Shea
  • 66'
    Jarvis advances down the left wing and looks to find Collison with a pass into the box, but the ball evades him and Carroll attempts to control the ball. Carroll looks set to take on the shot deep inside the box but the ball runs through to Collison who is offside.
  • 65'
    US international winger Brek Shea is seen being readied for entry with a little under half an hour remaining. He could be set to replace Michael Kightly who has been uninfluential so far.
  • 65'
    Jerome's shot takes a deflection and flies well wide, but the referee awards a goal kick to the striker's frustration.
  • 64'
    Marc Wilson appears to have conceded a corner after a long ball but the referee instead awards a goal kick.
  • 63'
    West Ham attempt to build up play through the middle of the park but Stoke win the ball and launch a long ball forcing the Hammers to restart throuch Jaaskelainen.
  • 61'
    Diame takes on Jon Walters on the right flank but concedes a throw-in and Stoke can clear.
  • 59'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Things are hotting up here at the Britannia as both goalkeepers make good saves with moments of each other. First Ricardo Vaz Te releases Matt Jarvis inside the penalty area but Asmir Begovic saves well with his legs. Almost immediately Stoke break down the right, Cameron Jerome's cross falls to Peter Crouch but Jussi Jaaskelainen saves his effort at the second attempt."
  • 58'
    Stoke appeal for a penalty after Peter Crouch challenged for the ball with Reid, but the referee is unsympathetic with Crouch having appeared to climb over his marker.
  • 57'
    Jarvis straight away leads a counter-attack down the left flank but is crowded out as he attempts to get past two defenders on the left edge of the box.
  • 57'
    Jerome counter-attacks down the right flank and pulls the ball back for Crouch whose shot is saved by Jaaskelainen.
  • 56'
    Vaz Te impressively controls a long ball on the edge of the box and slips the ball inside Shotton down the left channel for Jarvis, whose left foot shot forces a save from Begovic.
  • 55'
    Collins is given a yellow card for a high challenge on Jerome.
  • 54'
    Yellow Card James Collins
  • 54'
    O'Neil and Carroll combine down the left flank before Jarvis looks for Carroll with a cross, but Shawcross heads clear.
  • 53'
    Vaz Te dribbles clear of his marker Glenn Whelan before shooting powerfully at goal from distance, but his effort flies over the bar.
  • 52'
    Gary O'Neil crosses the ball towards Carroll who wins a challenge with keeper Begovic before attempting a bicycle kick, but the effort is headed clear.
  • 49'
    Cameron Jerome appeals furiously for a penalty but is denied after Joey O'Brien lunges in to take the ball away from him after the striker had received partner Crouch's header in the box and shaped to shoot.
  • 47'
    Cameron Jerome is fouled outside the edge of the box and Marc Wilson takes a shot, with the ball deflecting off the wall for a corner. Jaaskelainen claims comfortably before throwing the ball to Vaz Te, whose through-ball is intercepted.
  • 46'
    The referee gets the second half underway as West Ham kick off the second half.
  • Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Half time here at the Britannia and the final action of the half sees West Ham take the lead through Jack Collison. Ricardo Vaz Te wriggles through a few challenges and plays a neat reverse pass in Collison, and the midfielder does the rest as he fires past Asmir Begovic. The visitors deserve their lead, just, but in truth it was a half of very little action."
  • The referee blows the half-time whistle after Jack Collison's goal brings an end to an uneventful half of which the dominant feature has been the large number of free kicks breaking up the game. Stoke started the game better and benefited from West Ham's disruptive loss of Joe Cole and Matt Taylor at the start of the half, but West Ham grew into the game and began to dominate possession in the run up to their deserved opener. Tony Pulis' rare use of two strikers in Cameron Jerome and Peter Crouch helped put pressure on their opponents in the opening to the half, but it left them short a man in midfield against West Ham's 4-5-1, and he will have to find a way to turn the match around at the break.
  • 45' + 3'
    Assist Ricardo Vaz Te
  • 45' + 3'
    Goal Jack Collison
    Jack Collison scores just before half-time! Andy Carroll appeals for a foul after a challenge with Ryan Shawcross, but the referee allows play to continue and Ricardo Vaz Te unlocks the defence with a delicate left-footed reverse pass on the edge of the box to Jack Collison. The midfielder controls the ball neatly to the right of the penalty spot, before finishing firmly into the bottom left corner.
  • 45' + 2'
    West Ham have enjoyed more possession as the half has gone on and the game has become stretched as half time approaches.
  • 45' + 1'
    Michael Kightly appeals to the referee for a corner after taking on Matt Jarvis having moved to the right flank, but the referee awards a goal kick.
  • 44'
    Shotton again defends against the threat of Jarvis, using his power to force the winger off the ball. He does so in the box however, and will not want to repeat a scenario in which he risks giving away a penalty.
  • 42'
    Jarvis again attempts to move past Shotton on the left flank but the Stoke full-back does well to block the delivery. He has had a lot to deal with so far but has defended well against the threat of the agile winger.
  • 40'
    Begovic is fouled by Vaz Te as he jumps up at the far post to catch an overhit Joey O'Brien cross.
  • 38'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Andy Carroll hang your head in shame. The striker misses a glaring chance to open the scoring as he evades his marker to meet a Ricardo Vaz Te cross, he connects with the cross but heads miles wide of goal. Should be meat and drink to Carroll."
  • 37'
    West Ham work the ball to the free Vaz Te on the right flank and Andy Carroll leaps high into the air to meet the cross, but his header is wide of the far post.
  • 35'
    Diame gets to the edge of the penalty area with a strong run, but is eventually stopped by Ryan Shotton with a risky challenge.
  • 34'
    Crouch takes a heavy first touch and concedes a free-kick in trying to win the ball back, which Jussi Jaaskelainen launches towards the edge of the Hammers' box. Andy Carroll holds the ball up and feeds Demel on the right flank, but left-back Andy Wilkinson does well to force a goal kick.
  • 33'
    Stoke concede a pair of throw-in by the right corner flank,taken by Guy Demel, but are awarded a free-kick from which Begovic clears.
  • 31'
    Vaz Te appeals for a free kick on the right flank following an aerial challenge, but is unsuccessful.
  • 28'
    Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Carroll. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gary O'Neil from left channel, clearance by Peter Crouch.
  • 26'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Best chance of the half but James Collins' header clips the top of the bar with Asmir Begovic beaten. Matt Jarvis floats a cross into the penalty area from the left, Collins jumps in front of his man but his looping header is just over the bar."
  • 24'
    West Ham win a corner and after Stoke clear initially, Gary O'Neil crosses the ball back into the box from the left flank and James Collins heads the ball superbly onto the roof of the net with his back to goal. It's the best chance of the game so far but it wasn't easy.
  • 22'
    Ricardo Vaz Te leads a counter-attack down the right flank, but his pass to Gary O''Neil is weak and the move breaks down.
  • 21'
    Jerome shows impressive strength and pace to hold off defender Winston Reid as he runs into the right channel to receive a long ball. He wins a corner, but West Ham repel the danger.
  • 20'
    Stoke's long balls directed at front pair Jerome and Crouch have looked the more threatening of the two teams' attacks so far, with the Hammers having just the target of Andy Carroll to aim for.
  • 19'
    N'Zonzi complains to the referee claiming Andy Carroll struck his face in an aerial challenge, but to no avail.
  • 18'
    Asmir Begovic finds Jerome with a drop-kick and the striker heads the ball into the path of his partner Peter Crouch, whose shot is comfortably saved.
  • 17'
    Matt Jarvis takes on Ryan Shotton on the left flank but the right-back slides in to concede a throw-in. From the throw Jarvis crosses in with his right foot but Shawcross heads clear.
  • 16'
    West Ham attempt a quick counter-attack down the left flank, but Mohamed Diame is eventually crowded out and loses the ball.
  • 15'
    Steven N'Zonzi wins the ball well from Mohamed Diame after a 50-50 challenge and combines with Ryan Shotton before releasing Jerome down the right channel, but his cross is blocked.
  • 13'
    Stoke retain the ball under pressure from West Ham before Marc Wilson looks for Cameron Jerome with a long ball, allowing the Hammers to regain possession.
  • 11'
    SubstitutionJoe Cole Ricardo Vaz Te
  • 10'
    SubstitutionMatthew Taylor Jack Collison
  • 10'
    Sam Allardyce is forced to make two changes in his first ten minutes with Joe Cole, who appears to have a problem with his right hamstring, taken off for forward Ricardo Vaz Te.
  • 9'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Matt Taylor may have got up from the kick to the head but he will play no further part in the game, Jack Collison replaces him."
  • 8'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Mark Taylor is out cold as Peter Crouch attempts a bicycle kick and connects with Taylor's head and not the ball. Luckily the midfielder is now up on his feet but, understandably, he looks shaken."
  • 5'
    Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Joey O'Brien, which Ryan Shawcross takes.
  • 4'
    Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Shambolic start from West Ham as they concede a needless corner following a terrible Winston Reid backpass, and from the set piece no-one stops the short corner but Stoke waste a fantastic opportunity. The atmosphere inside the Britannia Stadium is electric today, singing from all four sides of the ground."
  • 2'
    Short corner taken by Glenn Whelan. Jonathan Walters produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 1'
    The referee gets the match underway at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "The Hammers only make one change to the side that was beaten by Tottenham and it is a forced change after Kevin Nolan broke his toe in that defeat, Matt Taylor is the man Sam Allardyce has chosen to replace the midfielder."
  • Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Stoke manager Tony Pulis is forced into two of the three changes he has made for today clash with West Ham; Robert Huth starts a three game ban today and Matthew Etherington is suffering with a back injury so Andy Wilkinson and Michael Kightly come into the side. Wilkinson’s addition to the side will mean Marc Wilson moves to the centre of defence alongside Ryan Shawcross. The only other change is a poisitive one as Cameron Jerome is given a start upfront alongside Peter Crouch, with Geoff Cameron the man to make way."
  • West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Jarvis, O’Neil, Diame, Taylor, J. Cole; Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Pogatetz, Collison, Chamakh, Vaz Te, C.Cole, Maiga
  • Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Kightly; Jerome, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Palacios, Jones, Adam, Whitehead, Shea
  • Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Good afternoon from the Britannia Stadium where football purists are gathering for Stoke v West Ham, a proper blood and guts Premier League match and definitely not one for the feint hearted! There are only three points between these sides prior to kick off but West Ham’s poor away form, they have lost 9 out of 13, and Stoke’s impressive home form says the hosts are the favourites for this match."
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