Lambert admits West Ham equaliser 'is a blow'

Lambert admits West Ham equaliser 'is a blow'

Arnautovic will be hopeful of delivering another decisive performance on Monday against his old club, who are six points from safety with five matches remaining.

The Hammers drew 1-1 at Chelsea last week and now return to the London Stadium, knowing that another three points can haul them further clear of the relegation zone.

The Hammers now sit just six points off the bottom three, whilst Stoke are stuck firmly in the drop zone.

Stoke is likely to need at least three wins from its final four games to stay up.

"The ideal situation is to go unbeaten between now and the end of the season, there is no reason why we can't do that". However, the West Ham boss believed his side should have wrapped the game up long before the late drama. "With the atmosphere in stadium, it is a hard place to come but I thought we were excellent".

"I don't know where we are going to get with him with the short length of time, I don't know about 90 minutes but if we can continue to get him off the bench for twenty or thirty minutes when required it will be more than handy, as it showed tonight".


Arnautovic has been in good form of late too, scoring nine goals and making four in his past 14 games, including setting up Javier Hernandez's equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea last weekend.

Meanwhile, Stoke chief, Paul Lambert, said: "If we'd got the three points, I thought we'd deserved something from the game anyway".

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Coverage of today's Premier League game between West Ham and Stoke City will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event (Sky channel 401, Sky HD 435, Virgin channel 511) and Sky Sports Premier League (Sky channel 402, Sky HD 436, Virgin channel 512). "We'e playing well, we have an incredible support behind us, and I'm pretty sure come Sunday, there won't be many stadiums rocking the way ours can rock".

"Joe Hart faced a few similar shots in first half he gathered them easily, so it unfortunate that one bounced up and caught him out".

Only Stoke (63) and Watford (60) have conceded more league goals this than West Ham (58) this season.

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