Stoke City fell closer to relegation on Monday night, having been pegged back in the 90th minute by West Ham to draw 1-1 at the London Stadium.
Despite West Ham pressure, Stoke took the lead in the second half, courtesy of Peter Crouch. But the Hammers piled on the pressure and were rewarded when Andy Carroll was on hand to score past a helpless Jack Butland on the brink of injury time, denying Paul Lambert's side a potentially crucial victory in their battle against the drop.
The first chance of the game fell to the hosts, with Arthur Masuaku's low drive well saved by Stoke keeper Butland. The visitors went up the other end seconds later, but Ramadan Sobhi should've done better with his chance, as his edge of the box strike was saved with relative ease by Joe Hart.
Butland had to be alert to keep out Aaron Cresswell's free-kick as the Hammers looked to break the deadlock in the first half, but chances started to dry up. However, just after the half hour mark, Marko Arnautovic had a good chance to score against his former employers, firing his shot wide of the far post.
However, with twelve minutes to play, veteran Crouch scored after Joe Hart spilt Shaqiri's initial shot. Crouch was on hand to tap-in from close range and put Stoke ahead in the encounter, giving them massive hope of a potential lifeline in their battle to keep hold of their Premier League status.
But Stoke were defending very deep in the latter stages of the game, and West Ham were eventually rewarded
📝 One change for the Potters against @WestHamUtd this evening, @KurtZouma replaces Glen Johnson in the starting line-up.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) April 16, 2018
STARTING XI: Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Allen, Badou; Bauer, Shaqiri, Ramadan; Diouf.#SCFC 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/6PuWFcve14