Paul Lambert admits that West Ham’s late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium was a “blow” for Stoke City’s survival hopes.
Peter Crouch climbed off the bench to take advantage of a Joe Hart error to put the visitors ahead before Andy Carroll struck late on to snatch victory away from Lambert’s men.
“It is a blow because we were so close to winning,” Lambert told Sky Sports. “I thought we were excellent. We had good chances for an away team but I know they had a couple of goals disallowed too. I couldn’t ask for any more from my players.
“I think the cross is not a great one, and it helps them. You have to praise the goal, it’s a great finish.
“We were very good. We had good moments, good chances and we’ve been playing well. We’re willing to fight and we have got the supporters behind us. A win on Sunday really sets the cats among the pigeons.