Late West Ham leveller spares Hart's blushes

Paul Lambert reacts to a missed chance against Spurs

Paul Lambert reacts to a missed chance against Spurs

Carroll's late strike spares the blushes of teammate Joe Hart, whose mistake allows Peter Crouch - another second-half substitute - to put Stoke ahead in the 79th.

Andy Carroll came off the bench to secure a point for West Ham United against a plucky Stoke City side.

"You need a little bit of luck at certain times but the performances have been incredibly high and the way we have played I couldn't ask for any more from the team".

The former Liverpool striker's first goal since November put relegation-threatened Stoke within touching distance of their first win in 10 games.

But fellow substitute Carroll, in his first appearance since January, volleyed home a last-minute equaliser.

Meanwhile, Stoke chief, Paul Lambert, said: "If we'd got the three points, I thought we'd deserved something from the game anyway".

"It is a blow because we were so close to winning".

"I don't know where we are going to get with him with the short length of time, I don't know about 90 minutes but if we can continue to get him off the bench for twenty or thirty minutes when required it will be more than handy, as it showed tonight". "With the atmosphere in stadium, it is a hard place to come but I thought we were excellent". "A win on Sunday would really set the cat among the pigeons". The couple have been targeted since the Northumberland official, who was on duty at West Ham last night (above), gave Real Madrid a disputed penalty from which they knocked out Juventus in last week's Champions League quarter-final.

"We had a few chances, goals disallowed, but for us, it's a good result".

Butland was then on hand to turn an Aaron Cresswell free-kick around the post, while the England stopper also took a Marko Arnautovic shot flush in the face.

Police have warned social media trolls they could be committing a criminal offence by abusing referee Michael Oliver and his wife Lucy.

West Ham were again denied by the linesman's flag moments later when Javier Hernandez struck the ball past Butland, but Carroll was adjudged to have handled inside the area.

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