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Foul by Zavon Hines on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
The referee books Ricardo Fuller for unsporting behaviour. Danny Collins replaces Matthew Etherington. Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Bridge. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Ricardo Fuller on for Kenwyne Jones.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save. Corner from the right by-line taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, clearance by Rory Delap.
Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
Corner taken by Scott Parker from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Matthew Upson takes a shot.
Danny Higginbotham challenges Zavon Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Zavon Hines comes on in place of Mark Noble. (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dean Whitehead coming on for Jermaine Pennant. Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, save by Thomas Sorensen.
Robbie Keane takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save. Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jermaine Pennant goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel da Costa by Jonathan Walters. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Centre by Matthew Etherington, Header from deep inside the area by Kenwyne Jones goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, save by Robert Green.
Shot from a long way out by Thomas Hitzlsperger goes wide of the left-hand post.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Robbie Keane coming on for Victor Obinna.
Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen. Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Bridge.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Danny Higginbotham gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 West Ham.The referee penalises Victor Obinna for handball.
Manuel da Costa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jermaine Pennant, blocked by Victor Obinna.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Robert Green makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
Ryan Shawcross goes into the book. Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Bridge, The ball is swung over by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Ryan Shawcross has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Effort on goal by Jermaine Pennant from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
Manuel da Costa booked for unsporting behaviour. Manuel da Costa concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
Foul by Wayne Bridge on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.
Foul by Scott Parker on Matthew Etherington, Penalty awarded. Penalty taken by Matthew Etherington is saved by Robert Green. Stoke 1-1 West Ham.
Foul by Scott Parker on Matthew Etherington, free kick awarded. Rory Delap takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Scott Parker takes a shot from long range which goes wide left of the goal.
Booking for Thomas Hitzlsperger for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Hitzlsperger concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington from right channel, save made by Robert Green. Shot by Glenn Whelan from outside the box goes over the net.
Frederic Piquionne leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Spector. Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Jonathan Walters. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Robert Green makes a save.
Frederic Piquionne fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 1-1 West Ham.Assist by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, save by Robert Green.
Victor Obinna is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Obinna on Danny Higginbotham. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
Effort from 35 yards by James Tomkins missed to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Thomas Hitzlsperger results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Mark Noble takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Robert Huth scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 1-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Rory Delap.
Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Walters goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, clearance made by Jonathan Walters.
Glenn Whelan challenges Victor Obinna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Manuel da Costa from right wing.
Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Pulis demands fan backing
Tony Pulis has called upon Stoke fans to generate an atmosphere at the FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham that matches the one which drove the Hammers to victory when the two sides met last Saturday at Upton Park.
The Potters were defeated 3-0 in the Barclays Premier League game a week ago, a result in which Pulis feels the noise of the crowd played no small part.
This time it is Stoke hosting the encounter, though, and their manager wants to hear a similar roar from the home support at the Britannia Stadium as he did in London.
"We experienced the fantastic atmosphere which they created at Upton Park on that occasion and it certainly drove them on after we made a promising start," said Pulis, whose team were undone by first-half goals by Demba Ba and Manuel Da Costa and a late Thomas Hitzlsperger strike.
"Now, it's up to our fans to do likewise and I am sure they will create a fantastic atmosphere.
"West Ham have taken one end of the stadium and they will be in full voice, so our fans need to make sure that the other three sides of the ground drown them out."
The backing Stoke receive at their own ground certainly seems to have made a difference of late.
The Potters have lost all of their six league games on the road in 2011, but their home record since the turn of the year shows four wins and two draws in all competitions.
Those facts are not lost on Pulis, who feels home advantage is crucial to his team's hopes as the Staffordshire outfit look to improve on last year's FA Cup run by booking a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1972.
"I think the big difference is that we are playing at the Britannia," Pulis said.
"We are unbeaten in our last six games there.
"Now we have the chance to play in front of our supporters - West Ham had it very vocal at Upton Park last week, and our place will be rocking on Sunday."
Avram Grant is determined to give West Ham fans another reason to be cheerful by beating Stoke to earn the club their first Wembley appearance in 30 years.
Grant's team looked relegation certainties at the turn of the year, but an excellent run of three straight wins has seen them rise to 17th position, with only their poor goal difference preventing them from being out of the drop zone.
West Ham have enjoyed recent success in the FA Cup, beating Barnsley, Nottingham Forest and Burnley to come to within one match of a semi-final date at Wembley.
The Israeli has enjoyed success in the Carling Cup this year too, where he guided his team to the semi-finals before being knocked out in extra-time by eventual winners Birmingham.
He now hopes to make up for their Carling Cup exit by taking the Hammers to Wembley for their first appearance there since the 1981 League Cup final, which they lost 2-1 to Liverpool in a replay.
Grant knows how much of a lift an appearance at the home of English football can have on a relegation-threatened side, having guided Portsmouth to the final last year.
He concedes that staying in the Barclays Premier League remains his priority for West Ham, but admits qualifying for a Wembley semi-final could give the club the lift they need to avoid relegation.
"The first priority for any team is the league but in the Carling Cup we gave everything and we had a good run and we want to do it in the FA Cup too.
"It's a very important competition. We want to get to Wembley. I like Wembley and want to be there again and we will do everything we can to win.
"It's a good feeling to get to the semi-finals. It's good for the supporters and us, but first we have to win the quarter-final and that will be hard. Everyone knows it's hard to beat Stoke."
Higginbotham powers Potters into last four
Stoke booked their first FA Cup semi-final appearance for 39 years after bouncing back from a controversial West Ham equaliser to win 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters' first-half dominance was reflected in centre-back Robert Huth's eighth goal of the season, but Frederic Piquionne's clear handball was missed by referee Mike Jones as the striker went on to score.
When former Hammer Matt Etherington missed a penalty seconds into the second half it seemed it was not to be Stoke's day but Danny Higginbotham drilled a free-kick through the wall which goalkeeper Robert Green could only push onto a post and into the net.
The match itself ended up being a classic cup tie with the hosts making all the running early on but having to survive a onslaught in the closing stages.
Had they not won the major talking point would have been the decision to allow Piquionne's goal but the Potters just deserved to edge it, although West Ham's belated contribution was worthy of a mention.
Having had just over a week to reflect on their 3-0 Premier League defeat at Upton Park, Stoke came out all guns blazing from the kick-off, creating two good chances in the opening 90 seconds.
Jermaine Pennant's right-wing delivery was missed by Jon Walters with Kenwyne Jones following up behind unable to get a decisive touch, but his second cross moments later picked out Etherington, but his powerful header was kept out by Green.
It was no surprise when Stoke took the lead in the 12th minute but what was amazing was the poor way in which West Ham failed to deal with a Rory Delap long throw.
When the ball into the six-yard area from the left touchline no-one picked up the run of centre-back Huth who planted a straightforward header past Green.
The hosts almost had a second when Walters set Jones racing through the inside-right channel but could not quite make up enough ground to reach the return ball across the six-yard box.
Stoke's wingers Pennant and Etherington were causing all kinds of problems, the latter threatening to cut open them open again with a run from the halfway line.
The visitors were in desperate need of a route back into the game and they were literally handed it on the half-hour.
Thomas Hitzlsperger's ball over the top saw Piquionne get beyond Huth but the striker blatantly used his upper arm to control the pass before lobbing it over Thomas Sorensen.
Stoke were outraged the goal was allowed to stand, but it was not without consequence for the scorer who soon limped off injured as a result of Huth's challenge as he tried to prevent Piquionne applying the final touch.
A late rally saw Delap and Walters both force low saves out of Green near his left-hand post before Stoke boss Tony Pulis walked off at half-time leaving counterpart Avram Grant under no illusions of what he thought of Piquionne's goal.
Within 13 seconds of the restart Stoke were presented with the opportunity to go ahead again when Scott Parker fouled Etherington as he tricked his way into the penalty area.
The former West Ham midfielder picked himself up but did not place the spot-kick far enough into the corner and Green dived to his left to pull off the save.
Stoke continued to look more threatening and Jones had a header cleared off the line by Carlton Cole as their domination at set-pieces continued.
When referee Jones eventually did spot a handball, Cole blocking Pennant's free-kick, it proved to be equally as significant as the one he missed in the first half - and this time to Stoke's benefit.
With the ball teed up just inches from the edge of the area Higginbotham smashed a low shot through the wall which was so powerful Green could only palm it on to the post and back into the net.
Substitute Robbie Keane almost surprised Sorensen with a near-post shot but where the key decision had gone for the Hammers in the first half, they enjoyed no such luck in the latter stages with James Tomkins claiming a penalty for a foul by Walters only to be penalised himself.
West Ham's fading fortune was highlighted when Matthew Upson crashed a header against the crossbar with four minutes to go as Stoke hung on for only the fourth FA Cup semi-final in their history.
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