- Stoke vs West Ham

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Saturday 15 March 2014 | Britannia Stadium | Referee: Craig Pawson | Attendance 27,015

  • Peter Crouch (32)
  • Marko Arnautovic (69)
  • Peter Odemwingie (79)
3 - 1
West Ham
  • Andy Carroll (5)
West Ham

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Peter Odemwingie netted twice as Stoke City came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

The Nigerian striker cancelled out Andy Carroll's opener when he deflected a Peter Crouch strike into the back of the net and went on to score his side's third after 79 minutes with a powerful effort.

Stoke found themselves behind after five minutes when Carroll headed home from close range, but Odemwingie's brace either side of Marko Arnautovic's effort turned the Barclays Premier League clash around.

West Ham had two penalty appeals turned away and a Kevin Nolan goal disallowed as Sam Allardyce's men were consigned to a second consecutive defeat, while Stoke boosted their survival chances.

The visitors made a solid start to the match with a goal after five minutes as Carroll, who got the nod ahead of Carlton Cole in attack, rose above everyone to head home.

Mark Noble delivered a perfect ball to the back post towards the striker and Asmir Begovic came to collect, but Carroll beat him and Crouch to the ball and powered his header into the empty net.

A minute later, Stoke were denied an equaliser after an excellent save from Adrian.

Neat interplay between Crouch and Odemwingie created an opening for Stephen Ireland, who replaced the suspended Jonathan Walters, but his first-time effort was tipped wide by the Spanish goalkeeper.

The game settled down after a frantic start with both sides enjoying good periods of possession before Stoke pulled level after 32 minutes through Odemwingie.

Crouch met a left-wing corner from Ireland, but his header was tipped onto the bar by Adrian. The striker reacted quickly to get the rebound and his acrobatic flick struck Odemwingie on his shoulder on its way over the line.

Having restored parity, Stoke could have gone into the break ahead as a neat passing move saw Arnautovic release Ireland in behind the defence, but his close-range effort was straight at Adrian and allowed him to make an easy save.

After a sluggish start to the second half, West Ham had the ball in the net just after the hour, only for an offside flag to rule it out.

Begovic again couldn't claim a ball into the penalty area, his punch dropped straight to Antonio Nocerino and his touch over the goalkeeper fell to Nolan, who promptly fired into the open net, but his effort was chalked off.

After surviving West Ham's pressure, Stoke grew in stature and took the lead with Arnautovic's third goal for the club.

Another good move from Mark Hughes' men saw Odemwingie find the Austrian on the edge of the penalty area, he bundled his way past a defender and fired low past Adrian.

West Ham saw two penalty shouts turned away before Odemwingie sealed the win with 11 minutes left with an emphatic strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: “At 1-0 down we had to show some character to get back into the game and thankfully that’s what we did.

“I thought we were excellent today. There was a period in the second half when West Ham were asking questions of us and you’re going to have to stand up to that and defend balls into the box.

“To a man, that’s what we did – we blocked everything – and you know at some point it will start to turn your way. I thought we showed great control and the goals were great as well.”

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce: “It’s a big disappointment today that, having started so well and gone in front, that we haven’t taken anything from the game.

“You’ve got to be very aware of your defensive responsibilities when you’re attacking on a constant basis against the opposition andwe were probing away in the second half trying to find a way through and put the ball in the back of the net.

"We were in the ascendancy, in control looking for a goal to get in front, then we fall asleep and I don't know where our defending went."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 6.0 7.52
20. Geoff Cameron 9.0 4.41
3. Erik Pieters 6.0 4.63
12. Marc Wilson 8.0 4.35
17. Ryan Shawcross 10.0 5.25
10. Marko Arnautovic 0.0 5.61
32. Stephen Ireland 5.0 4.55
9. Peter Odemwingie 9.5 5.55
15. Steven N'Zonzi 9.0 4.44
6. Glenn Whelan 4.0 4.49
25. Peter Crouch 10.0 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
8. Wilson Palacios 6.0 4.16
30. Ryan Shotton - 2.2
28. Andy Wilkinson - 2.78
26. Matthew Etherington - 4.42
23. John Guidetti - 3.8
29. Thomas Sørensen - 2.63
5. Marc Muniesa - 3.73
Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Adrián 4.33 5.2
20. Guy Demel 4.0 4.71
2. Winston Reid 5.5 6.03
5. James Tomkins 5.0 4.58
3. George McCartney 5.5 4.25
23. Stewart Downing 6.0 5.39
16. Mark Noble 6.0 5.66
21. Mohamed Diamé 5.0 5.42
47. Antonio Nocerino 6.0 5.73
4. Kevin Nolan 7.0 6.19
9. Andy Carroll 7.0 6.3
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Carlton Cole - 5.17
7. Matthew Jarvis - 4.89
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen - 6.1
8. Pablo Armero - 4.89
26. Joe Cole 9.0 5.86
14. Matthew Taylor - 4.31
19. James Collins - 4.87

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