Lambert: A win on Sunday really sets the cats among the pigeons

Arnold Nichols
April 17, 2018

Stoke looked set for a first win in 10 games when Peter Crouch took advantage of Joe Hart's fumble to score.

"The game is barely any less crucial for West Ham who have five games remaining after Stoke - but all of them against teams in the top nine".

Referee Michael Oliver, officiating his first match since last week's controversial Champions League quarter final between Juventus and Real Madrid had already ruled out three efforts on goal before the visitors registered. I keep saying it ― if there is a little bit of Lady Luck, it has certainly not come our way.

Kick-off at the London Stadium is at 9pm.

He wriggled around Ryan Shawcross in just the seventh minute and saw his low shot from a tight angle deflected out of play by Jack Butland, as West Ham started the brighter.

The Austrian was involved again when Edimilson Fernandes' fierce shot from the edge of the box found the net but Arnautovic was again adjudged to be interfering with play as he was forced to step over the midfielder's shot.


Ten minutes into the second half, Stoke carved out their first chance of the game when Moritz Bauer raced to the byline before picking out Mame Biram Diouf, who fired over the crossbar from close range.

Carroll, 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. Paul Lambert sank to his knees inside his technical area.

That means that Rangers should definitely make a move for him in the summer as he would be a clear improvement on someone like Cummings and they should be able to get him in on loan if Morelos stays, or permanently if the Colombian is sold to China.

But it was Crouch who made the telling impact in the 79th minute, thanks to a bad error from Hart.

The former England worldwide quickly came up with a massive moment for his side, showing attacking instinct to ram home the loose ball after Hart somehow let Shaqiri's strike slip out of his grasp.

West Ham's goalscorer Carroll reflected on the last-gasp handball that put paid to a potential victor from Hernandez.

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