Three things that we learnt: West Ham 1-1 Stoke City
Bojan Krkic climbed off the bench to earn Stoke City a share of the spoils at West Ham on Saturday afternoon to extend their unbeaten run to six games whilst The Hammers’ continued to look uncomfortable in their new home at the Olympic Stadium.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will undoubtedly have been glad to be able to concentrate, for a short time at least, on football following a difficult two weeks in which the club has been blighted by off-field issues.
The Hammers have continued to face scrutiny over the suitability of the Olympic Stadium as a venue for Premier League football having been forced to re-think their supporter management strategy following crowd trouble whilst striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gun point during the week.
In a game of few goal scoring opportunities it had looked as if Michail Antonio had given the home side an invaluable win to ease the pressure after glancing in, via the back of Glen Whelan’s head, Dimitri Payet’s clever delivery from wide.
However, the diminutive Spaniard Bojan stepped up from the bench to give The Potters a well-deserved point after converting from close range following Adrian’s bizarre rush of blood to the head which saw him go AWOL on his goalkeeping duties.
Mark Hughes will certainly be the happier manager with a point as his side continue to improve and recover from a poor start to the season, however, for West Ham, Bilic certainly has plenty of work to do if he is replicate the fine season that The Hammers produced last campaign.
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