Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United

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It seems that Stokes Premier League survival party will have to wait just a little longer, after West Ham edged out an exciting, bad-tempered and ultimately very frustrating encounter at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon. The only goal of the game came just after the half hour mark, veteran striker Diego Tristan striking home a stunning free-kick, and while Tony Puliss side enjoyed by far the vest of the second half, you had  Storm Norton Jersey to feel it was just one of those days as the Hammers survived heavy pre sure to win to condemn the Potters to their first home lo s of 2009. Before the game, Stoke were handed a very welcome piece of news, with key striker James Beattie being declared fit for the game after recovering quickly from a thigh injury that could have kept him out for the rest of the season, the former Southampton man replacing Richard Cre swell to partner Ricardo Fuller in attack. First-choice right-back Andy Wilkinson also returned his injury, having mi sed the defeat at Fulham a week ago, replacing Stephen Kelly to put in an accomplished performance. Meanwhile there was one change for West Ham from the side that were beaten by Chelsea last week, manager Gianfranco Zola forced to replace the injured Kieron Dyer with Czech midfielder Radoslav Kovac. With the Britannia Stadium atmosphere particularly raucous, the game began very brightly, with the attitudes of both sides, Stoke playing without the immediate pre sure of a relegation fight, and West Ham determined to bolster their chances of making Europe, resulting in some open, high-tempo play. In fact, both sides had had the ball in the back of the net in the first thirteen minutes, only to see the strikes ruled out by referee Peter Walton, the latest in the long line of referees to disappoint at Stoke. First, it was the home side who thought theyd taken the lead, a Rory Delap long throw being bundled in by Fuller, who was of course sent off for slapping his captain Andy Griffin in the return fixture. As so often is the case when a goalkeeper is challenged from a set-piece, a foul was awarded against  Rashawn Slater Jersey the attacking player though, with Walton, probably correctly judging West Ham keeper Robert Green to have been unfairly barged. Three minutes later, after one of several fast breaks by the Londoners, they too thought they had scored, Italian forward David Di Michele poking the ball past Thomas Sorensen in the Stoke goal, though Walton was quick with his whistle, indicating hed spotted a handball by Tristan in the build up. It smacked of level it up refereeing, and its not surprising that di satisfaction soon began to show through both on the pitch and in the stands.One of several unsavoury incidents in the game As the half wore on, the intensity remained high, but neither side really threatened the others goal, with Stokes skipper in the absence of Griffin Abdoulaye Faye squandering the best chance, heading over from a Liam Lawrence corner. It is perhaps unsurprising then, that the fans of the clubs, two of the most renowned for having a hooligan element in the past, began to bate each other, the verbal sparring acro s the dividing netting in the South Stand incensing the West Ham fans to the extent that dozens of back-up stewards had to be  Ty Long Jersey called in to contain their attempts to invade the home supporting section. The visiting coontingentsoon had something more worthwhile to do than fight though, that being celebrate a goal for their team, after Walton awarded them a free-kick just outsidethe Stoke penalty area, Faye being penalised for a challenge despite appearing to first make contact with the ball and then the man, just one of many contentious decisions on the day. The way the free-kick was won bothered the Hammers not one iota though, as Tristan took the kick sublimely, beating Sorensen in his top right corner with a powerful effort. It was the Spaniards third goal of the season and second against Stoke, having also scored the winner in that game in December.Tristan beats the wall and Sorensen to score his ultimately decisive goal From then until half time, the visitors had by far the best of the game, with Stoke visibly rattled, but thePotters could have been level  Zander Horvath Jersey just before its conclusion, former West Ham man picking out Fuller in the box after being superbly found in space by Delaps cro s-field ball. The Jamaicans tough was a mite heavy though, and Green was able to smother the ball as he looked to stab it home. At this point the Britannia Stadium faithful were becoming increasing exasperated, having seen Lawrence booked for diving minutes before after going down in the West Ham box.Lawrence vents his anger at referee Peter Walton after being cautioned for diving There was time left for one more West Ham attack, Zolas men once again breaking fast and at one point having a two on one advantage on the Stoke defence, but Wilkinson not for the first time this season showed his precocious task, preventing West Ham winger Luis Boa more from either shooting or finding a team-mate, before forcing him wide and gaining a goal kick. The second forty-five minutes began with the visitors showing the admirable positive attitude they had without, Tristan shooting straight from the kick-off, though he would have been extremely lucky to beat Sorensen from such range, the Dane easily dealing with his strike. Like the first half, there were few genuine chances in the period, though from a neutrals perspective it would have been considerably le s enjoyable, as the quality of football degenerated, West Ham becoming increasing happy to defend their lead and losing their attacking impetus, and Stoke reverting to type in an attempt to break through the Hammers strong backline, hitting numerous long balls into their penalty area. It is, therefore, unsurprising that Stokes best chances of the half came as results of set pieces, with Delaps trademark long throws beginning to cause problems to the defence that had stood up to them extremely well in the first half and a succe sion of corners bringing opportunities for Stoke, the best of these falling again to Faye. While he had fluffed his lines in the first half, the colo sal Senegalese centre-back got his header spot on  DeAndre Carter Jersey this time round, sending it perfectly looping past Green and towards the top corner of the goal from a tight angle, for all the world looking like nestling within the net, only to be denied by a superb headed clearance off the line by West Hams Mark Noble, the midfielder, hardly the tallest player on the pitch, rising very well to get to the ball and save his team.Stoke bombard West Ham with set pieces, of course, you cant give penalties for shirt pulling can you Mr. Walton? With seventeen minutes to play, Pulis opted to shake things up, about ten minutes later than would have bee ideal, bringing on Nigerian midfielder Seyi Olofinjana in place of Danny Pugh and Fayes S

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