West Ham fans left unimpressed by Brady social media antics

Ross Houston
April 17, 2018

West Ham are a very hard side to predict, just look at their last two home games for evidence of that; they were abysmal in the 0-3 loss to Burnley, brilliant in the 3-0 win over Southampton.

West Ham United are under no impression that they are safe in the Premier League but a victory against Stoke City will greatly improve their chances of staying in the top flight, defender Arthur Masuaku said.

There was little to choose between the sides in the first period with Marko Arnautovic's shot into Jack Butland's face probably the closest either team came to scoring.

Shortly after Moritz Bauer produced a brilliant run and cross for Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf, who could only scuff the ball over the cross bar.

With the tempo rising, Arnautovic hit the target with a powerful near-post drive only to find Butland in the way, the England goalkeeper in ideal position to block the effort with his face. Arnautovic had strayed offside before directing in a 55th-minute header and the same player was flagged again when Edimilson Fernandes fired in a shot from 20 yards.

Michael Oliver was refereeing a game for the first time since his controversial penalty award at the end of the Champions League quarter-final between Real Madrid and Juventus, a decision which led to abuse being directed towards his family on social media.

West Ham host Stoke in the Monday Night Football, and Mike Norman believes backing the home side to win is the obvious call with the Potters in such poor form. They've also failed to score a single goal in four of their last six away games, conceding 14 goals in the process and scoring just two.

West Ham ace Carroll reflected on the last-gasp handball that put paid to a potential victor from Javier Hernandez. "Obviously Crouchy came on and scored, which is what he does best, and it was disappointing for us because we'd had a few chances and a couple of goals disallowed".

Carroll last played for West Ham more than three months ago, with an ankle injury depriving the team of its target man up front.

Monday evening marks one of the most important matches which could, arguably, seal the survival of West Ham United and potentially dent the survival hopes of struggling Stoke City.

West Ham, who have yet to win consecutive home league games this season, can climb to 12th in the table, nine points clear of the relegation zone, if they beat Stoke.

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