Writer: Saul Rice
Date:Sunday May 3 2009
A moment of real quality won us this game, and some resolute defending kept a clean sheet. This was a real team performance, with each of the players working their socks off.
The team was again depleted by injuries, with Savio, Collins and Dyer joining the ever-long queue for the treatment room. This meant a start for Kovac, in a side that has come familiar to the Hammers' faithful in recent weeks.
Stoke came out of the blocks fairly quickly, but our defence dealt with the early pressure well, and around the half hour mark we took the lead. Tristan lashed in a great free kick from just outside the box, his third goal of his Hammers' career to date. It was a moment of real quality from a player who has started to show what he is capable of in the last few weeks.
After the goal the tempo of the game picked up, with Stoke looking to get back in the game straight away. Liam Lawrence wriggled his way into the box, and then decided to fall over, earning himself a booking.
A few minutes before the break Delap and Boa Morte tangled, with Delap lashing out at the West Ham midfielder. It could (and should) have been a red, but the Stoke player got away with a yellow. This incident fired up both sets of fans, and the game turned a bit niggly.
After half-time there were chances at both ends, including when Faye went close with a header, only to see his header guided away to safety by Mark Noble.
Our defence held out well, securing a vital three points in the battle for 7th place.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson (Sonko 88), Abdoulaye Faye, Shawcross, Pugh (Olofinjana 73), Lawrence, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Fuller, Beattie (Camara 72).
Subs Not Used: Simonsen, Cresswell, Kelly, Tonge.
Booked: Shawcross, Lawrence, Delap.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Stanislas, Noble (Lopez 87), Kovac, Boa Morte (Collison 82), Tristan, Di Michele (Sears 89).
Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Spector, Payne, Hines.
Booked: Boa Morte, Neill.
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Date:Sunday May 3 2009
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