Now this was not a bad game actually. I didn’t much fancy Calleri up front at all, as he as done bugger all this season for us. But there you go, Antonio and Carroll (surely we will sell Mr Sicknote now………how many more seasons on injury plagued sidelines are we and he going to take?)
Lots of movement up front and some stellar defending at the back via Reid and Ginger Pele. Add to that a few heart in the mouth moments, but overall you can see the confidence getting back – and yet another clean sheet. Is it a surprise that Adrian is doing well? He was the cornerstone to our season last, and appeared to have a ricket this term with Randolph coming in for most of the games. However, being back in goal has shown some strong character, saving very well from Arnautovic in the first half.
I have to say Lanzini works his socks off with some great play from the centre – Payet is now but a forgotten name – I hope that Lanzini is appropriately rewarded.
Jack Butland put in a massive shift to prevent us from getting the lead, indeed, the overhead kick from Ayew – who seems to be finding his feet – was spot on but denied by some great goal keeping.
Little else to muse on really. You can’t say too much with a 0-0 but at least it maintained the unbeaten run and edges towards that 40-point mark.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: “We defended as a team and limited them to a couple of chances. We created four or five chances but the problem is that we didn’t score.
“The clean sheet is giving the defenders a big dose of self-confidence, but we created more than enough chances to score a goal.
“We want and we need to win games and for that we need to score goals. But let’s be positive, it’s a good point for us and we are now four games unbeaten and we are going to approach the remainder of the season in a positive way.”
Stoke City: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Muniesa, Allen (Crouch 69), Whelan (Adam 79), Cameron, Shaqiri, Arnautovic, Berahino.
Subs not used: Grant, Bardsley, Pieters, Diouf, Ramadan.
Bookings: Muniesa 16
West Ham United: Adrian, Fernandes, Fonte, Reid, Collins, Masuaku (Cresswell 46), Nordtveit, Kouyate, Lanzini, Ayew (Noble 67), Calleri (Snodgrass 79).
Subs not used: Randolph, Feghouli, Byram, Fletcher.
Read more at http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2017/april/29-april/hammers-extend-unbeaten-run#623RHxhpJmzB2mgc.99