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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Hitzlsperger, James Tomkins takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Obinna. Thomas Hitzlsperger restarts play with the free kick.
Carlton Cole goes off and Victor Obinna comes on.
Shot by Ricardo Fuller from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
A goal is scored by Thomas Hitzlsperger from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. West Ham 3-0 Stoke.Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Demba Ba goes off and Gary O'Neil comes on.
Effort from deep inside the area by Carlton Cole misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, James Tomkins takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Carlton Cole is caught offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Matthew Upson on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Marc Wilson from the free kick, blocked by Carlton Cole.
Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Huth. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Dean Whitehead. Frederic Piquionne takes the indirect free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Carlton Cole. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Thomas Hitzlsperger goes wide right of the goal.
Close range header by Kenwyne Jones goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Kenwyne Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rory Delap.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble.
Handball decision goes against Jonathan Walters. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
John Carew leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Rory Delap takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Rory Delap is caught offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Pennant goes off and Matthew Etherington comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Manuel da Costa. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker. Demba Ba fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Mark Noble decides to take a short corner. James Tomkins is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Frederic Piquionne. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Carlton Cole is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble played to the near post, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Danny Pugh is shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Danny Pugh. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Pennant on Wayne Bridge. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Wayne Bridge. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Frederic Piquionne produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Ryan Shawcross is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Manuel da Costa finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. West Ham 2-0 Stoke.Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Ryan Shawcross. Thomas Hitzlsperger provided the assist for the goal.
Marc Wilson shown a yellow card. Carlton Cole fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Noble from left channel, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
Danny Pugh challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on John Carew by Manuel da Costa results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Demba Ba finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Mark Noble.
Demba Ba fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Upson concedes a free kick for a foul on John Carew. Free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Glenn Whelan gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.
Scott Parker is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Danny Pugh restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance.
The referee penalises Demba Ba for handball. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The referee blows for offside. Marc Wilson takes the indirect free kick.
Ryan Shawcross challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
Manuel da Costa challenges John Carew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Carew by James Tomkins. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Shot from outside the box by Carlton Cole goes wide right of the target.
Grant fires Hammers warning
West Ham manager Avram Grant has warned the rest of the Barclays Premier League relegation battlers his men intend scrapping for every last point in their fight to stay up.
The Irons host Stoke boosted by last weekend's 3-1 victory over in-form Liverpool, which saw them close the gap on safety to just a single point.
With fixtures against both leaders Manchester United and Champions League hopefuls Tottenham coming up as well as former club Chelsea, Grant could be forgiven were he to prioritise targets.
However, now with the luxury of a near full squad for the first time, the defiant Israeli maintains all opportunities are there for the taking.
"Sometimes I know people lose their belief when they are at the bottom, but we never did it. We were always seeking to do it our way," Grant said.
"I am very happy that we took the points against Liverpool, but now we have a lot of games ahead of us that we want to continue with these performances and to keep winning."
Grant added: "Of course we need to win those games against teams around us, but we will not give up in any game.
"We showed we are a class team against Liverpool, in the beginning of season against Tottenham and in the Carling Cup against Manchester United.
"If we are at our best, we are not an easy team to beat.
"We have a good chance to stay up if we keep playing as we have been playing the last games and taking points."
Grant is not concerned with how the table looks now, only when they come to tot up the points in May.
The Irons boss said: "I know that last year was 35 points, the year before was 38, but the last time West Ham were relegated it was with 42 points.
"It depends because this season there is not a weak team, every team is taking points.
"It will be difficult to predict how many points you need.
"But I am not looking about this because if we do what we need to do, we don't need to look at this."
Demba Ba has certainly made an impact since his January transfer from Hoffenheim.
The Senegal forward - who almost signed for Stoke - has chalked up three goals in as many games, vindicating Grant's decision to push the transfer through.
"I have followed him for a long time in the Bundesliga. He did well," the West Ham boss said.
"He is a kind of player I like, a player with movement, intelligence. He knows how to score goals as you saw in the last games.
"I can tell you that he's not yet at his best."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes his side are still trying to adapt to a different style and that is why their away form in particular has been patchy.
He is looking for a change of luck.
Stoke have won only three league games out of 14 on the road and Pulis said: "Our away form has been disappointing.
"A lot of times we have played better than the previous two years but not got the breaks and been unfortunate not to pick up the points.
"It is a tough league and we are still learning. We have played a little bit more open this season. We have (Jermaine) Pennant and (Matthew) Etherington and two centre forwards.
"So we play almost 4-2-4 at times. Although we have done better, especially going forward, we have been a little bit looser at the back and lost goals when maybe when we shouldn't have. It is about getting that balance right."
Both Etherington and Pennant are facing later fitness tests after suffering back and hamstring problems respectively.
Etherington made a cameo appearance in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday while Pennant struggled after the match.
Stoke would appear to be comfortable in 10th place but Pulis is taking nothing for granted in the club's third season in the Premier League.
He said: "The aim has always been to get to 40 points as quickly as we can, especially this year when there are so many clubs close together.
"I have never known the league being so tight. It is exciting for everyone. It keeps the blood flowing.
"In fact I've had some blood tests done. The medical side are pushing on and even check the manager.
"I think (chairman) Peter Coates is doing it just to check that I am all right. I've had a couple of calf injuries. It is old age and sitting in the car driving up and down the motorway."
Hammers hit three to maintain revival
West Ham hauled themselves out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone with a 3-0 victory as Stoke pressed the self-destruct button at Upton Park.
The Hammers made it back-to-back league wins for the first time in more than a year to stay on course to complete a great escape from relegation.
Demba Ba was gifted his fourth goal in just five appearances after a calamitous Stoke mix-up, the recalled Manuel da Costa made it 2-0 and Thomas Hitzlsperger smashed in a late third to inflict a club record sixth straight away league defeat on the visitors.
Today's game was the first of back-to-back meetings between the two sides, who were also set to clash for the fourth time this season in the FA Cup quarter-finals a week tomorrow.
The Hammers had come out flying against Liverpool last week and looked set to do the same today when the recalled Carlton Cole - playing in a three-man attack - mis-hit a left-foot volley wide.
But Stoke soon began to take charge and could easily have gone ahead when Robert Green tipped over Jon Walters' flicked finish from Rory Delap's low cross.
The Hammers' three-man attack was making almost no impact but Stoke were the architects of their own demise in the 21st minute when Ba was gifted his latest goal.
There looked little danger when Mark Noble played the ball through but Asmir Begovic and Marc Wilson got in each other's way trying to clear and Ba outmuscled the latter to bundle it into the net.
Wilson's woes were quickly compounded when he was booked for hauling down Cole, with Ba seeing a shot blocked following the resulting free-kick.
Potters captain Ryan Shawcross followed in the 29th minute for a poor tackle on Scott Parker and this time the visitors were made to pay.
Hitzlsperger curled in the left-footed free-kick and Da Costa rose unchallenged at the far post to power home a header, his second goal against Stoke this season and first in the Premier League for 11 months.
West Ham were rampant and Frederic Piquionne missed a great chance to make it 3-0 when he hit the side-netting after a shot deflected straight to him.
Danny Pugh became the third Stoke player yellow carded before Hitzlsperger unleashed a trademark volley on the stroke of half-time that was tipped over by Begovic.
A desperate Robert Huth clearance prevented Ba pouncing early in the second half and James Tomkins nodded against the outside of the post from the resulting corner.
Stoke soon threw on former Hammers winger Matthew Etherington for Jermaine Pennant.
Green produced an ugly parry from Delap's long-range drive as Stoke finally managed another shot on target, while Begovic was at full stretch to tip Cole's curler around the post at the other end.
West Ham were looking content to play on the break and their opponents tried to add more pace to their own attacks when the ineffective John Carew was replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
Stoke's defence dropped another clanger midway through the half when Shawcross' attempt to nod the ball back to Begovic was seized upon by Cole, but this time the goalkeeper recovered to save.
Jones immediately replaced Delap as Potters boss Tony Pulis played his final card and the new man soon flicked a header inches wide from fellow substitute Etherington's cross.
Jones was making an impact, feeding Walters for a 20-yard shot straight at Green, who then reacted well at the feet of the latter after the ball ricocheted to the forward.
Cole shaved the post with a left-foot strike as West Ham tried to kill off the Stoke fightback before Ba was withdrawn to a standing ovation for Gary O'Neil.
The game was over seven minutes from time when Piquionne's shot from Parker's cutback was blocked and Hitzlsperger thundered in the rebound.
Fuller went close to a consolation with a curler and Victor Obinna came on for Cole and Danny Gabbidon replaced Parker as West Ham comfortably ran down the clock.
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