Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United
Last Updated: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 17:17
Jack Collison scored the only goal as West Ham recorded a long overdue away win against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Sam Allardyce's side lost both Matt Taylor and Joe Cole to injuries inside the opening 10 minutes of the game but the changes paid off on the stroke of half-time when Ricardo Vaz Te found fellow substitute Collison inside the box and he drove a low shot into the bottom corner.
The goal gave West Ham a deserved lead after they dominated the opening 45 minutes. James Collins almost put them ahead earlier in the half when his glancing header clipped the crossbar before Andy Carroll steered a free header wide from eight-yards.
Cameron Jerome thought he should have had a penalty at the start of the second half when he went down under the challenge of Joey O'Brien inside the West Ham penalty area and Stoke were again denied a spot kick in the dying moments when Brek Shea controlled the ball onto the hand of Guy Demel.
Charlie Adam was inches away from equalising in stoppage time when his crashing drive from 25-yards rattled the crossbar but in the end West Ham hung on for their first away win since November 11, moving them on level points with Stoke who suffered only their second home defeat of the season.