West Ham United are willing to give playmaker Marko Arnautovic the space he needs to flourish as long as the Austrian delivers for the team, manager David Moyes has said ahead of Monday's Premier League clash against Stoke City.
Everything was there for the taking for the Potters, but a late goal from the hosts could prove crucial for Stoke's chances of survival. In the main, we played well and were on top when they got their goal. We had good moments, good chances and we've been playing well. But performance-wise it was very good.
A victory for the visitors would have seen them move to within three points of safety and keep West Ham in real danger of going down. They are still looking for points as well.
With AP Photos.Andy Carroll scores a 90th-minute equalizer soon after coming off the bench to earn West Ham a 1-1 draw against Stoke, which is denied a vital win in its bid to escape relegation from the English Premier League. "Just like tonight, I'll tell him he should have done better".
Stoke was close to a huge win in its fight to avoid the drop when Carroll, who had been on the field as a substitute for just four minutes, met a left-wing cross with a crisp volley into the bottom corner. "If we play like we did against Southampton and Chelsea I think we will win this game". "I thought we were excellent".
But West Ham refused to lie down and Carroll, missing for the last 13 games through injury, showed his quality when Cresswell delivered a ideal ball into his path and the former Liverpool forward fired an unstoppable volley past Butland.
"I was due it, the team was due it, the football club was due it and, if it is offside, it doesn't matter if it is marginally offside, or close, it is offside".