Irons 1 Stoke 1
And so it came to passeth that the Red Sea again failed to open and the Red Mist descended on Samuel Alerdici as he again failed to lead his wandering Premier League tribe into the winning Promised Land.
I’m sorry, forgive me but if I don’t laugh I’m gonna spend the rest of the evening crying my eyes out after another late late horror show.
This time the Stoke leveller came in injury time when Marko Arnautovic slid his angled shot past Adrian to break every West Ham heart inside and outside Upton Park.
The Austrian finally made it pay after twice having ‘goals’ ruled out for offside.
Aaron Cresswell’s brilliant early free-kick had put West Ham ahead, but Stoke dominated for much of the remainder of the match.
Mark Noble had shaped to take the free kick but ran over the ball as Cresswell stepped forward to plant a brilliant effort into the top right hand corner.
Cheik Kouyate saw a couple of efforts saved and fly wide but it was the visitors who turned up the pressure with Cameron, Moses and N’Zonzi causing problems.
Adrian was the busiest keeper but saw a shot from Adam fly over before collecting from Walter. Reid was then in the right place to get his head in the way of a Moses effort.
It was all hugely uncomfortable for the home supporters and Moses again had a big chance but shot wide after being presented with a chance by Collins.
Stoke cranked up the pressure again in the second half and Arnautovic slid home a 69th minute effort that was judged offside.
Then Diouf headed in a powerful effort which thumped the inside of Adrian’s post before rebounding to safety.
Adam then shot wide before in the 94th minute Arnautovic made one count, passing into the bottom left corner after finding space in the box. 1-1.
It’s become seriously boring to talk about heartaches and heartbreaks…it’s worse than that. We just cannot see games out. Something is wrong, badly wrong and it has to end.
It’s all well and good talking about pro and anti managerial lobbies but the far more serious fact is that we are sliding and sliding while failing to learn the very important lesson of how to close matches out.
If we reach deep into our hearts we know what the answer to these problems has to be.