West Ham United's Andy Carroll pleased with point against Stoke City

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Stoke will again be without forward Maxim Choupo-Moting, who is not yet ready to return from a groin injury.

Steve Wilson: "Q: Which current Premier League clubs can boast that they have enjoyed ten consecutive seasons in the top flight?" As it turned out, Stoke has five points to make up in its final four games if the team is to preserve its top-flight status.

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. We bossed the majority of the game. If we did, the football gods really would be against us.

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"I thought Declan Rice specifically, has shown much more maturity in his last two performances", Moyes wrote in The London Evening Standard. The intent is to go and win and we will do everything we can to get three points.

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The point left West Ham seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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.

Stoke City travel to West Ham United on Monday night knowing victory is vital to their survival chances in the Premier League.

For Crouch, the finish gives him the title of all-time leading goalscorer for Stoke in the Premier League.

"Joe Hart faced a few similar shots in first half he gathered them easily, so it unfortunate that one bounced up and caught him out".

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