Date: 16th December 2017 at 9:14pm
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Following today’s clash between Stoke City and West Ham United, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Stoke City hosted West Ham United at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday December 16 with the visitors taking a comfortable three nil victory.

Goals from West Ham came through a Mark Noble penalty, and efforts from Marco Arnautovic and Diafra Sakho in the final 15 minutes of the game.

The result pulls West Ham out of the relegation zone as the pressure increases on Stoke’s Mark Hughes.

Teams:

Stoke:

Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wimmer, Pieters (Tymon 63), Shaqiri, Fletcher (Adam 62), Allen, Sobhi, Crouch, Diouf (Berahino 62).

Substitutes:

Choupo-Moting, Ngoy, Grant, Edwards.

West Ham:

Adrian, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Noble (Rice 35), Obiang, Masuaku, Lanzini, Antonio (Sakho 68), Arnautovic (Hernandez 79).

Substitutes:

A Ayew, Haksabanovic, Hart, Makasi.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Graham Scott blew the final whistle, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes explained.

‘We huffed and puffed, up to the point of the second goal we were in it. We were damaged by a poor decision it allowed them to get people behind the ball. They’re a threat on the attack and in the end that’s what’s taken the game from us. When we try and be expansive we can’t go one v one, we get picked off. We’ve got to be better in that regard.’

Hughes continued about the penalty.

‘It’s the way our luck is going at the moment. You convince yourself that luck will change and we’ve got to keep that mindset. Things are conspiring against us and we need help from referees to get things right. That’s the hope moving forward, that we get cut some slack. I’ve seen it again. The guy`s dived. He’s drawn the challenge. He’s a clever player. It was clearly a dive and the ref`s seen something that no-one else saw. All in all it was a poor sequence of events for him and for us. It sounds like sour grapes when you talk about people getting punished retrospectively. It doesn’t help us now.’

Adding.

‘We’re in this position. Maybe we’ve got some clarity now. We`re better than what we’re doing at the moment. We need to get ourselves out of our situation. I don`t want to be in a relegation battle. We need to recognise that and do something about it. I know this group and I know what they can produce. We’ll get a tune out of them and hopefully we’ll get better.’

West Ham manager David Moyes in his comparative interview explained.

‘The result went our way and it was an important win. We’re gaining momentum and at times we showed that.’

He added about the penalty.

‘The defender gave the referee a decision to make. Manuel Lanzini ran about 70 yards so I think he went over with fatigue rather than a dive. I’d be disappointed to give away a penalty like that but sometimes that’s the way it goes. We had to deal with a lot of stuff but we missed good chances. I was annoyed with Marko at half-time as he had the chance to get two. He’s doing really well and I said to him at half-time he would score. Clean sheets are one of the things you want to do. Don’t shout about it too much as we’re going to need a few more.’

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