•   
  •   

Sport Andy Carroll claims last-minute equaliser as West Ham steal Stoke point

10:46  17 april  2018
10:46  17 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

Carroll returns to training but Moyes refuses to rush striker

  Carroll returns to training but Moyes refuses to rush striker Andy Carroll has returned to West Ham training this week, but David Moyes is refusing to rush the striker too quickly back to the first team. The striker is in line to return against Stoke City on Monday night, but is likely to start from the Bench. David Moyes announced the news in his pre-match press conference but said that he is being careful about Carroll. He said, via the Daily Mail: “‘He is back in training,We got him back at the start of the week and we will keep monitoring him. He has trained for a few days so we will see how he is. Obviously he has not trained for 11 weeks and I have got that in my mind as well.” “‘If we get Andy back, it is a big plus to us. We know that – how good he can be and what he can give us. The quicker we get him back the better. Will he be ready? I am not sure yet.’” Carroll had been out for over 11 weeks, and will be a big boost for West Ham as they look to avoid the drop.

Andy Carroll (second right) fired home from the edge of the area to snatch a 1-1 draw (Ian Walton/EMPICS) © Provided by The Press Association Andy Carroll (second right)  Andy Carroll climbed off the treatment table to score a dramatic last-minute equaliser and deny Stoke a precious win in their battle for Premier League survival.

The striker, out injured since the turn of the year, was sent on as a last throw of the dice by manager David Moyes with West Ham trailing to Peter Crouch’s goal.

And within three minutes Carroll fired home from the edge of the area to snatch a 1-1 draw which edged the Hammers closer to safety and left Stoke in serious trouble.

England boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance to witness two Three Lions strikers of old take centre stage.

West Ham 1 Stoke City 1: Substitute Carroll leaves Potters in peril

  West Ham 1 Stoke City 1: Substitute Carroll leaves Potters in peril Peter Crouch came off the bench to seemingly net the winner for Stoke, but fellow substitute Andy Carroll struck a vital leveller.Andy Carroll's 90th-minute equaliser edged Stoke City closer to Premier League relegation, cancelling out Peter Crouch's strike and earning West Ham a 1-1 home draw on Monday.

But Southgate was running the rule over opposing goalkeepers Joe Hart and Jack Butland – and it was Stoke stopper Butland who at least won that showdown with Hart badly at fault for Crouch’s goal.

Hart did repel early shots from Moritz Bauer and Mame Biram Diouf, while Butland kept out Arthur Masuaku’s cross-shot with his legs and tipped Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick wide.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Stoke City - London Stadium, London, Britain - April 16, 2018   West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their first goal          Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley    EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or © Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Stoke City - London Stadium, London, Britain - April 16, 2018 West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. Butland then made a vital save to keep out West Ham’s best chance of the first half, not that he knew much about it as Marko Arnautovic’s point-blank volley hit his old team-mate in the face.

Lambert still believes in Stoke survival chances despite Hammer blow

  Lambert still believes in Stoke survival chances despite Hammer blow Although Andy Carroll's volley was a devastating blow for Stoke's survival hopes, Paul Lambert still thinks the Potters can stay up.Paul Lambert is not giving up hope on Stoke City's chances of staying in the Premier League despite Andy Carroll's late volley snatching West Ham a 1-1 draw.

Butland got down well to hold a low Mark Noble drive as a tepid opening half drew to a close.

Shortly before the match Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady had taken to Twitter to plug her new TV show, which started the same time as kick-off.

At half-time many fans at the London Stadium were probably wishing they had taken her advice, stayed at home and tuned in instead.

But at least one man was grateful for a lack of incident. Referee Michael Oliver was in charge of his first match since he caused a storm by sending off Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon against Real Madrid last week.

Oliver was busier shortly after the break, though, as West Ham twice had the ball in the back of the net only to see both goals disallowed.

First Arnautovic converted Cresswell’s cross with a deft header but he had strayed marginally offside.

Then a low Edimilson Fernendes drive flew past Butland but Arnautovic, this time clearly offside, was in the keeper’s way and may even have got the faintest of touches.

Moyes surprised by Hart error

  Moyes surprised by Hart error West Ham manager David Moyes said he did not expect Joe Hart to make a vital error in his side's Premier League draw against Stoke City.Joe Hart's mistake in West Ham's 1-1 Premier League draw with Stoke City came as a surprise to manager David Moyes.

Butland made another decent save to palm away Cresswell’s long-range effort, but when Hart was called into action from similar distance he failed.

The Manchester City loanee fumbled Xherden Shaqiri’s shot and was too slow to react, allowing Crouch to stick out a long leg and stab the ball home.

But enter Carroll, and in the final minute the big frontman stroked home a crisp first-time shot after the ball was played into his feet by Cresswell.

It could have been worse for Stoke but Javier Hernandez had an even later goal disallowed for a foul by Carroll.

As it is they remain in grave danger, five points from safety with four matches to play.

Stoke City 1 Burnley 1: Potters pegged back again as relegation nears .
Stoke City had to settle for a point after leading for the second time in a week, as Burnley dented their Premier League survival bid.Stoke City's Premier League survival hopes dwindled further as they again surrendered a lead in a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!