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Stoke City v West Ham United Live Commentary, 4/29/17

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A game that was won by the goalkeepers, who provided heroics to ensure a pair of clean sheets. In a first-half of few chances Jack Butland demonstrated his qualities with a spectacular save from Andre Ayew's bicycle kick. The second half led to more chances with Adrian and Butland both making important saves, and neither side capable of carving out clear cut chances. A feeble penalty appeal was correctly waved away after Xherdan Shaqiri went down under no contact, and in the end the draw reflected a closely matched game.
FULL TIME: Stoke 0-0 West Ham
A tangle between Adam and Kouyate gives Stoke a final chance from a free-kick. They're throwing everything at this one.
West Ham launch a late attack as Winston Reid's long ball releases Mark Noble. The Hammers skipper clips the ball towards the back post, but a combination of Johnson and Butland manage to smuggle the ball clear.
The fourth official indicates that there will be four minutes added on and the Bet365 roar their players forwards.
CHANCE! A wonderful delivery from Shaqiri who picks out Peter Crouch. The former England international is unable to keep his header down though and the search for a goal goes on.
Stoke continue to commit men forward in search of a winner. Shaqiri clips the ball towards Crouch who flicks on, but there is no-one around the big striker and Adrian collects with ease.
A bit of a break now as Kouyate receives treatment after landing heavily on his shoulder.
C. Adam
G. Whelan
Stoke City
A straight swap for Stoke as Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.
R. Snodgrass
J. Calleri
West Ham United
Bilic sacrifices another striker in his bid for a point as Calleri is replaced by Snodgrass.
Stoke look long towards Crouch who wins his header but can't quite find Berahino, who fouls Winston Reid in his efforts to get a touch.
Smart goalkeeping from Adrian who is quick off his line to deny Arnautovic with a sliding tackle.
PENALTY APPEALS WAVED AWAY! Big shouts for a Stoke penalty there as Shaqiri skipped away from Colins before hitting the deck. Collins is furious with the Swiss winger and you can see from the replay that no contact was made between the players.
Stoke have West Ham pinned back here, as Bilic's men have ten behind the ball. Shaqiri looks to work a yard of space but canot find a way through the crowd of bodies.
P. Crouch
J. Allen
Stoke City
Stoke, on the other hand, are looking forward, as Joe Allen makes way for Peter Crouch.
M. Noble
A. Ayew
West Ham United
A disbelieving Andre Ayew makes way for Mark Noble as Bilic looks to be settling for a draw.
Aaron Cresswell is the beneficiary as Kouyate once again wins the ball in midfield. The ball is fired out wide to the fullback but he gets his cross horribly wrong, overhitting the ball and letting Stoke off the hook.
SAVE, AND SAVE AGAIN! It is Buland's turn to come under fire now as West Ham look for the opener. The England International gets two strong hands behind Andre Ayew's strike before denying Lanzini with his feet.
Stoke are looking the more likely now and they are really commitiing men forward. This time Arnautovic looks to pick out a man in the box, but Adrian gets down quickly to collect the low cross.
GREAT SAVE FROM ADRIAN! Berahino bursts into the box but the angle looks ery tight. The striker somehow manages to slam the ball across the face of the goal and towards the bottom corner drawing a sharp save from the West Ham keeper.
Joe Allen finds space on the edge of the area after spinning his marker and cracks off a shot. It is straight at Adrian, but the Spaniard has to parry before gathering the ball.
West Ham have a free-kick on the right wing which is whipped in well by Lanzini. Fonte finds space between the markers but mistimes his header and the ball flies wide.
SAVE! And an important one from Adrian. West Ham fail to clear from a Stoke free-kick and the ball drops to Shaqiri on the right. He takes aim and fires towards the top corner, forcing a finger-tip save from Adrian.
A far livelier start to the second-half from both sides, who look to have had both managers in their ear during the break.
CLOSE! This could have been controversial. Stoke win the ball off West Ham after Martins-Indi seemed to upend Ayew and they break fast. Arnautovic's cross is not cleared convincingly and Xherdan Shaqiri almost steals in to score but is unable to catch the ball cleanly and fires wide.
CLOSE! This time it is West Ham who come close to scoring, and it is all about Kouyate. The Senegalese midfielder powers forward and breaks beyond Martins-Indi. He sets his sights and fires but sees the ball dragged agonisingly wide of the far post.
CHANCE! An early sight of goal for Stoke as Johnson takes on Cresswell before whipping in a cross. The ball reaches Joe Allen who strikes a half-volley goalwards and only just fires wide.
A. Cresswell
A. Masuaku
West Ham United
The game is back underway and there is just one change, with Aaron Cresswell replacing Masuaku.
Two teams are back out on the pitch and we will be resuming shortly.
A first half of few chances has also seen neither side take control of this game. The biggest flashpoint of the half came when Andre Ayew's spectacular bicycle kick drew an equally spectacular save from Jack Butland, making just his second Premier League appearance following a year-long recovery period. Stoke have carved out half chances of their own, but so far West Ham's back three have dealt with Saido Berahino comfortably. Plenty of room for improvement in the second half.
HALF-TIME: Stoke 0-0 West Ham
The winger has recovered from the impact injury and the game re-starts.
Marko Arnautovic has gone down in some pain with a knee problem and we have a brief stoppage of play here.
CLOSE BUT ITS A DOUBLE BLOCK FROM STOKE! A brilliant lofted ball from Collins finds Calleri in acres of space. He attempts to pick out Ayew, but Shawcross slides on to block. The ball falls back to Calleri who attempts a Rabona shot but Martins-Indi is on hand to block again.
CHANCE! But Fernandes fluffs his lines. Calleri pins Shawcross with great strength before laying the ball back to Lanzini. The Argentine playmaker slides the ball wide to Fernandes who breaks into the box but miscues his shot to fire harmlessly over the bar.
A nervy moment for Butland who rushes from his goal prematurely to stop a West Ham attack. He succeeds in challenging Calleri but the ball falls to Ayew who takes aim for goal but is denied by an excellent Ryan Shawcross tackle.
CHANCE! Shaqiri dinks the ball over the head of Masuaku into Glen Johnson's path. Johnson commits Collins before selling him a dummy and he is bearing down on the West Ham goal. He looks to slip the ball to Arnautovic, but Fonte is skin tight to the winger and blocks to concede a corner.
A wonderful inswinging cross from Shaqiri narrowly evades first Arnautovic and then Berahino eventually making it a comfortable save for a relieved Adrian.
GREAT EFFORT AND A GREAT SAVE! The game is heating up a bit now. Masuaku crosses well and Andre Ayew pulls off an audacious bicycle kick that looks destined for goal. But Jack Butland has other ideas as he springs to his right, displaying cat-like reactions to deny the Ghanaian.
CLOSE! Excellent play from Stoke as Arnautovic releases Allen into the West Ham box. The Welshman slides the ball back to Berahino who is denied by a combination of Fonte and Reid.
Gareth Southgate is in attendance at the Bet365 Stadium today, doubtless checking on the fitness of young goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Masuaku finds himself one-on-one with Glen Johnson but is too quick and too strong for the Stoke man. The West Ham fullback has not put a foot wrong this half.
CHANCE, but its wasted by Daniel Calleri. Stoke lose the ball in their own half, allowing Jouyate to slip the ball through to Fernandes. The makeshift fullback bursts into the box and picks out Calleri who blasts the ball high and wide.
Lanzini curls in a devilish delivery from the resulting free-kick which finds the head of Jose Fonte. The Portuguese connects well, but Glen Johnson gets enough on the ball to concede a corner.
This game certainly has the feel of two teams with little to play for. The usually bouncing Bet365 Stadium is almost silent. Muniesa looks nervously towards the referee as he clips Kouyate once again, but Lee Probert has no appetite for a red card at this early stage.
Nothing is going Berahino's way at the moment. Shaqiri nips in to begin a Stoke counter attack and plays a well placed ball towards the striker early. The move is cut short though as Berahino slips over and clears with ease.
Yellow Card
Stoke City
Muniesa becomes the first player to be booked in the match as he cynically slides in on Kouyate just as the West Ham midfielder was breaking on the counter-attack.
Glen Johnson beats Arthur Masuaku with a clever touch and dinks the ball in towards Berahino. The former England international's eyes light up and the ball looks to be heading straight for him until Jose Fonte gets a decisive flick and Fernandes boots clear.
A mazy run from Lanzini is cut short by Ryan Shawcross, who tackles well and releases Stoke on the counter attack. Joe Allen has the chance to pick out a man in the box, but is unable to clear Reid with his cross.
Again the home side look to exploit the inexperience of the right-wingback Fernandes as Muniesa squares him up. The former Barcelona man swings a cross in deep but James Collins clears well.
CHANCE! Wonderful interplay between Muniesa and Arnautovic sees Stoke break into the box. Arnautovic cuts the ball back into Berahino's path and the striker connects well but sees his shot blocked by Winston Reid.
Stoke flood forward again down the left with Muniesa breaking from defence. West Ham look caught short for a moment before the ball reaches Arnautovic who is flagged offside.
Stoe look to carve out a chance as Marko Arnautovic steals the ball off Winston Reid. The Austrian finds Joe Allen in the box, but the Welshman is unable to feed Berahino.
A slip from Glen Johnson lands Stoke in trouble as the fullback concedes possession. Manuel Lanzini picks up the ball and strikes from distance, but it proves to be an easy stop for Jack Butland who plays for the first time on home soil this season.
And we are off! Andre Ayew gets us underway with West Ham kicking from right to left.
The two teams take to the pitch and kick-off is just moments away...
Hammers club captain Mark Noble is back amongst the substitutes, but he is unable to dislodge Havard Nordveit from the starting line-up, after the Norwegian impressed in midfield against Everton.
Mark Hughes has once again trusted January signing Saido Berahino to lead the line despite the fact that the former West Brom man has failed to find the net in his last 24 Premier League appearances. Maybe today's the day he breaks that duck.
West Ham Subs: Randolph, Cresswell, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Noble, Byram, Fletcher
West Ham Starting XI (5-3-2): Adrián,Fernandes,Fonte, Reid, Collins,Masuaku, Kouyaté, Nordtveit, Lanzini, Ayew, Calleri
Stoke Subs: Bardsley, Pieters, Adam, Diouf, Crouch, Sobhi, Grant
Stoke Starting XI (4-3-3): Butland,Johnson, Muniesa, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Cameron, Whelan, Allen, Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Berahino
We have got the team news through so let's take a look at the starting elevens...
Slaven Bilic has delayed a hip operation in order to ensure West Ham reach the sacred 40 point mark, but will be without target man Andy Carroll who has been unable to shake off a recurring thigh problem.
Visitors West Ham are not in the finest run of form either and have undoubtedly underperformed this season. Nevertheless a 0-0 result against a dangerous Everton side showed that The Hammers are capable of grinding out results, and they will be eager to secure their first win in 10 games.
Stoke have now lost five of their last six premier league fixtures and, after switching to a 4-4-2 formation last weekend, Mark Hughes looks likely to tinker with his side again in search of a winning formula.
Today’s hosts Stoke City endured a day to remember last weekend away at relegation strugglers Swansea. An abject performance culminated in a missed Marko Arnautovic penalty which was swiftly followed by a Tom Carroll strike that doubled Swansea’s lead and guaranteed defeat for Stoke.
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