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Confirmed West Ham v Stoke line-ups: Cresswell starts, Lanzini on the bench

Confirmed West Ham v Stoke line-ups: Cresswell starts, Lanzini on the bench

Peter Crouch capitalized on Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart's miscue in front of goal, and pounced on a rebound to give the Potters the victory.

The Potters need to start winning games but they just don't have enough firepower in their side and they are not good enough defensively to buy themselves time to nick a goal. "We could have come away with nothing". However, the West Ham boss believed his side should have wrapped the game up long before the late drama.

"If we take the game as we played against Southampton or Chelsea, I think we'll win".

'I don't think he will (slack off) now, because he knows what got the crowd from booing him to cheering him every week and becoming one of their heroes'. Our performances are getting better and normally good performances lead to results.

"We just have to play like we have played, to be strong and compact".




Stoke managerLambert, meanwhile, remains convinced that his players have the quality to prolong the club's 10-year stay in the top flight, with Sunday's clash with Burnley now heightened in importance. Up until then we hadn't been threatened a whole lot. "I have great belief". The couple have been targeted since the Northumberland official, who was on duty at West Ham last night (above), gave Real Madrid a disputed penalty from which they knocked out Juventus in last week's Champions League quarter-final.

Chances were far and few in the opening stanza, however, Stoke keeper Jack Butland made a massive stop in the first half on Marko Arnautovic when the ball struck the face of the England global.

And while Hart floundered, Butland did his World Cup hopes no harm with a string of saves, including one with his face from ex-Stoke man Marko Arnautovic's close-range shot.

Peter Crouch thought he had secured all three points for Paul Lambert's side after pouncing on a spillage from Joe Hart.

But West Ham roared back and salvaged a potentially invaluable point in the last minute of the 90 when Cresswell's ball into the box was met on the volley by Carroll, who guided the ball beyond a helpless Butland.