West Ham United 1 - 1 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at Upton Park

Date: 19/11/2012 KO: 20:00 Ref: C Foy Att: 35,005

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

West Ham

Joey O'Brien 48

1
vs
1

Stoke

Jon Walters 13

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 23:07 GMT

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was unhappy his side had not taken all three points in their Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke at Upton Park on Monday evening.

Allardyce: Felt his side deserved the three points
Allardyce: Felt his side deserved the three points

Joey O'Brien's strike two minutes into the second period cancelled out Jonathan Walters' first-half strike, but try as they might they could not get that elusive winner which would have seen them go to fifth.

"I thought we deserved three (points) in the end," Allardyce said.

"Stoke were slightly better than us in the first half and we had to recover from what was an extremely good goal.

"Having to come from 1-0 down in any game in the Premier League is difficult.

"(It's) another point on the board, we move on reasonably happy."

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan also thought his side were unlucky not to claim all three points .

"We were unlucky in the end and we had enough chances," Nolan told Sky Sports 1.

"It is a great result after going 1-0 down and these lads they make it tough for you, they played well tonight. I thought we did, we were unlucky, we were abit gutted because we wanted to get the win to go to fifth."

It was O'Brien's first Premier League goal and Nolan was keen to praise the full-back who joined from Bolton two years ago.

"He had a tough two years out with a bad knee injury," the captain said.

"The way he has come back in the last two years

for us. Last year he was fantastic and this year he has been even better, he is getting stronger and stronger.

"All the lads have a great camaraderie we were delighted for him. They are a tough nut to crack."

Stoke were equally keen to get the three points and claim their first away victory of the season but Stoke boss Tony Pulis was satisfied with the result.

"I thought we played really well in the first half but fair play to West Ham," said Pulis. "Their crowd really, really got behind them and we showed a lot of resilience in the second half."

Pulis revealed the opening goal had come as a result of work on the training pitch.

Walters finished the move off with a pinpoint shot from a low corner after several Stoke players had played important parts in the move.

Pulis said: "We had worked on it for two or three days and never scored a goal in training doing it. Luckily tonight it went in for us.

"I'm not supposed to say this but we obstructed a player (for the goal)."


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