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Stoke City 0-0 West Ham United

By Ellie ThomasonBBC Sport
Andre Ayew attempts an overhead kick
Five of the past six Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended level

Stoke and West Ham edged closer to Premier League safety with a goalless draw at the Bet365 Stadium.

Mark Hughes will be the happier of the two managers after the Potters reached the 40-point mark, nine points clear of Swansea in 18th with three games remaining.

In a match with plenty of chances, goalkeepers Jack Butland and Adrian were in top form to ensure both sides kept a clean sheet.

Andre Ayew had the best of West Ham's chances, with an acrobatic overhead kick forcing an equally impressive save from Butland.

Marko Arnautovic looked to be through on goal for Stoke, but his volley from point-blank range was saved by Adrian.

A happy homecoming for Butland

Butland
This was Jack Butland's first home game in 13 months

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came when Butland's name was announced prior to kick-off.

This was the 24-year-old's first Premier League appearance at home since 12 March 2016 - 413 days ago.

The Stoke goalkeeper was called into action early on when Manuel Lanzini forced a save inside the first minute. He cut inside from the left, but his shot did not trouble Butland.

Butland was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half, and he produced a moment of magic to prevent what would have been a spectacular goal from Ayew's overhead kick.

England manager Gareth Southgate, who was watching from the stand, will have liked what he saw from Butland, who injured an ankle in England's 3-2 win over Germany last March.

"I felt really good just being out there again. I'm pleased to be able to contribute and keep a clean sheet," he said.

"The fans have been incredible throughout the last 13 months and supported me. It's been tough personally and I thoroughly enjoyed the really good reception."

The 'magic 40 points'

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic’s side kept their first clean sheet on the road in a Premier League game since October

After a run of five straight Premier League defeats, the Hammers have gone four games unbeaten and manager Slaven Bilic looks to have steadied the ship.

West Ham are finding their form at the business end of the season, after a much-needed win over Premier League strugglers Swansea earlier in April followed by three consecutive draws against Sunderland, Everton and Stoke.

Stoke have reached the 40-point benchmark, which usually secures Premier League safety, and West Ham are now just one point behind them with three games to play.

Bilic guided West Ham to seventh last term - his first season in charge - while Stoke have finished ninth for the past three seasons.

As it stands, just two points separate the Hammers in 14th and Southampton in ninth, leaving it all to play for in the congested mid-table battle.

If Swansea lose against Manchester United on Sunday, Stoke will will require a single point to be mathematically safe, while West Ham will need just an additional two points.

Man of the match - Jack Butland

Jack Butland
Considering it was his first home game in more than a year, it was like Jack Butland had never been away. He made a string of brilliant saves to keep Stoke in the game, and oozed confidence throughout.

'We're trying to get a fourth top-10 finish' - What the managers said

Hughes still wants top-10 finish

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes: "It was a difficult game for us. We needed to work hard today and try to break down a resolute West Ham team. They made it difficult for Everton last weekend and they made it difficult for us today. Sometimes you have to acknowledge the job that the opposition has done.

"We just needed that one moment to convert a chance and open the game up, but credit to West Ham. In the past couple of games they've struck on something that looks to be working for them.

"It's a season that has, at times, frustrated us and we've still got games to go and are trying to get a fourth top-10 finish, which this club hasn't done in the past."

Bilic content with 'decent point' for Hammers

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: "We defended as a team and limited them to a couple of chances. We created four or five chances but the problem is that we didn't score.

"The clean sheet is giving the defenders a big dose of self-confidence, but we created more than enough chances to score a goal.

"We want and we need to win games and for that we need to score goals. But let's be positive, it's a good point for us and we are now four games unbeaten and we are going to approach the remainder of the season in a positive way."

A rare clean sheet on the road - The stats

  • Stoke have enjoyed just one win in their past eight top-flight games (D2 L5).
  • West Ham have played out back-to-back goalless draws in the top-flight for the first time since December 2015 (three in a row).
  • Stoke failed to direct a single shot on target in the first half for only the second time in a Premier League home game this season.
  • Five of the past six Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended level.
  • The Potters mustered 19 shots without scoring, their highest shot tally without a goal in the Premier League since September 2014 (0-1 v Leicester).
  • Slaven Bilic's side kept their first clean sheet on the road in a Premier League game since October (vs Crystal Palace), ending a run of 13 games without one.

What's next?

Stoke travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, 6 May (15:00 BST) while West Ham host Tottenham in their penultimate home game of the season on Friday, 5 May (20:00).

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8Johnson
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 5MuniesaBooked at 17mins
  • 20Cameron
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forAdamat 80'minutes
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 4AllenSubstituted forCrouchat 70'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 9Berahino

Substitutes

  • 2Bardsley
  • 3Pieters
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 25Crouch
  • 32Sobhi
  • 33Grant

West Ham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Adrián
  • 23José Fonte
  • 2Reid
  • 19Collins
  • 31Fernandes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4Nordtveit
  • 26MasuakuSubstituted forCresswellat 45'minutes
  • 10Lanzini
  • 20A AyewSubstituted forNobleat 69'minutes
  • 28CalleriSubstituted forSnodgrassat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 3Cresswell
  • 7Feghouli
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 16Noble
  • 22Byram
  • 24Fletcher
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
27,628

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Saido Berahino.

  2. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 0, West Ham United 0.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, West Ham United 0.

  4. Post update

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City).

  8. Post update

    Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

  13. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. José Fonte tries a through ball, but Robert Snodgrass is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Adrián tries a through ball, but Manuel Lanzini is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Robert Snodgrass replaces Jonathan Calleri.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (Stoke City).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini tries a through ball, but Jonathan Calleri is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

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