Carroll’s late leveller spares Hart’s blushes


Stoke City’s Peter Crouch shoots to score against West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart during their Premier League match at the London Stadium in Britain on Monday.

LONDON, April 17: Andy Carroll’s last-gasp equaliser spared Joe Hart’s blushes after the West Ham goalkeeper made a costly blunder in Monday’s dramatic 1-1 draw against Stoke.
Stoke substitute Peter Crouch poked home from close-range after Hart made a hash of holding onto Xherdan Shaqiri’s soft shot with just 11 minutes left at the London Stadium.
The former Liverpool striker’s first goal since November put relegation-threatened Stoke within touching distance of their first win in 10 games.
But Carroll came off the bench to rescue West Ham with a superb volley in the 90th minute.
It was a bitter blow for Paul Lambert’s Stoke, who remain second bottom of the Premier League.
Stoke are five points from safety with only four games left to avoid slipping into the Championship.
“It is a blow because we were so close to winning. I thought we were excellent. I couldn’t ask for any more from my players,” Lambert said.
“We’ve been playing well. We’re willing to fight and we have got the supporters behind us. A win on Sunday would really set the cat among the pigeons.”
Carroll’s third goal of the season — in his first appearance since January — was a priceless contribution for West Ham, who are now seven points above the bottom three. (AFP)