Peter Odemwingie scored twice as Stoke came from behind to claim victory against West Ham in the Premier League.

Andy Carroll headed in his first goal since April to give the visitors a perfect start.

But Stoke levelled when Peter Crouch's acrobatic effort deflected in off Odemwingie on the line.

Marko Arnautovic finished off a flowing four-man move to put Stoke ahead before Odemwingie slammed in his second from an acute angle.

Stoke the better team - Hughes

The result extends Stoke's excellent recent run. Mark Hughes's men have now lost just once in seven games and have moved into the top half of the table.

West Ham will reflect on a penalty claim for handball against defender Marc Muniesa, waved away by referee Craig Pawson, that replays showed merited a spot-kick that would have brought the visitors level.

The Hammers had gone ahead after just five minutes when Carroll, who has been touted for an England World Cup call, rose impressively to nod in Mark Noble's free-kick ahead of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The Potters levelled before the break when Crouch reacted quickest after Adrian had pushed his initial header onto the bar.

However, though Crouch wheeled away to celebrate, the effort belonged to Odemwingie, who was stood on the line when it struck him and diverted into the net.

Andy Carroll celebrates his opener at Stoke

Andy Carroll scored his first goal since April

Carroll had an effort beaten away by Begovic and Kevin Nolan saw a goal ruled out for offside before Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead.

The Austrian profited from a flowing move, then enjoyed a slice of luck on the edge of the area as the Hammers defence failed to deal with his forward burst, before prodding a fine shot into the corner for his first goal since October.

Had the Muniesa penalty decision gone their way, the Hammers could easily have set up a thrilling finish.

As it was, they were left distinctly unhappy at the ruling, even though the referee seemed to have a clear view of the incident.

And their mood was not improved shortly afterwards when Ireland set up Odemwingie.

The Nigerian has impressed since his January arrival from Cardiff. And while there may have been a large element of fortune in his first goal, there was no room for debate over the second, as he drove home from an acute angle.

West Ham defending pathetic - Allardyce

It was enough to secure a victory that edges Stoke closer to safety, while at the same time leaving West Ham slightly too near the drop zone for comfort, despite manager Sam Allardyce picking up February's manager of the month award.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"Our defending for the second goal was pathetic. That has been our strength this season. Unfortunately today it has let us down badly."

On the penalty claim for handball against Marc Muniesa, he added: "It was an extremely poor decision. It was right in front of him (the referee), he had a perfect view. The ball hits the lad on the left arm.

"I am completely and utterly baffled. Sometimes they do not have the courage - 999 times out of 1000 that would be given."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"In those situations you are going to raise your arm because he was trying to get above Andy Carroll. It probably did catch his elbow but he wasn't even looking in that direction.

"If it had gone against us we would have still won. We were the better team."

On Stoke's first goal he added: "It was a bit of a scramble.

"Peter Crouch did really well to get it towards goal. But Peter Odemwingie is a striker and he will claim it. I would if I was in his position."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters (Muniesa - 14' )
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 09 Odemwingie
  • 06 Whelan Booked
  • 25 Crouch
  • 32 Ireland
  • 10 Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 08 Palacios
  • 23 Guidetti
  • 26 Etherington
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 30 Shotton

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 20 Demel
  • 03 McCartney
  • 47 Nocerino (Cole - 76' )
  • 02 Reid
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 21 Diamé
  • 16 Noble Booked
  • 09 Carroll (Armero - 83' )
  • 04 Nolan
  • 23 Downing (Cole - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Jarvis
  • 08 Armero
  • 14 Taylor
  • 19 Collins
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 26 Cole
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 27,015

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

9 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 3, West Ham United 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, West Ham United 1.

90:00 +3:32

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:32

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

89:12

Attempt saved. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

88:28

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:28

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

88:05

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

88:04

Attempt blocked. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

87:29

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

85:36 Booking

Booking Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:32

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:32

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

82:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Pablo Armero replaces Andy Carroll.

82:16

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:16

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

81:40

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Adrián.

81:37

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

81:29

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Muniesa.

80:31

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:31

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

78:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, West Ham United 1. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ireland following a fast break.

78:13

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

77:07 Booking

Booking Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

76:56

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

76:56

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Antonio Nocerino.

74:16

Attempt blocked. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a cross.

72:08

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:08

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

70:37

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

70:37

Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, West Ham United 1. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

65:31

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

65:31

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Stewart Downing.

60:23

Offside, West Ham United. Antonio Nocerino tries a through ball, but Kevin Nolan is caught offside.

58:46

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

58:44

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

58:01

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:01

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

54:56

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

54:56

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:12

Offside, West Ham United. Guy Demel tries a through ball, but Stewart Downing is caught offside.

53:11

Offside, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

52:20

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:20

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

51:04

Attempt missed. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a cross.

47:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:01

Delay in match Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) because of an injury.

46:01

Delay in match George McCartney (West Ham United) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 1, West Ham United 1.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 1, West Ham United 1.

45:00 +0:42

Attempt saved. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a through ball.

44:18

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:18

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

42:04

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by George McCartney.

40:35

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

40:35

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:54

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

38:27

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:27

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

37:13

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

37:13

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:05

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.

31:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, West Ham United 1. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) with an attempt from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Crouch following a corner.

31:28

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

31:26

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross.

31:05

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by James Tomkins.

30:55

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

28:19

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:19

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

28:01

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:01

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

26:49

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

26:49

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:10

Hand ball by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

22:29

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

22:29

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:38

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:38

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

16:39

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

16:39

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:38

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

15:38

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:00

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross following a corner.

14:36

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kevin Nolan.

14:34

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

13:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Erik Pieters because of an injury.

13:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

12:16

Delay in match Andy Carroll (West Ham United) because of an injury.

12:15

Delay in match Erik Pieters (Stoke City) because of an injury.

11:04

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Stewart Downing.

11:02

Attempt blocked. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross with a headed pass.

10:38

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Mark Noble.

10:36

Attempt blocked. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

9:02

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

9:02

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:23

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

7:12

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:11

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Adrián.

5:10

Attempt saved. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi with a cross.

4:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 0, West Ham United 1. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Noble following a set piece situation.

3:09

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

3:09

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:04

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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