West Ham missed a chance to move into the Europa League place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke in the Premier League on Monday.
Stoke opened the scoring in the 13th minute after a set move from a corner involving Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan. As West Ham's defenders focused on Crouch, Walters ran into space behind him and smashed Whelan's low drive from a corner first time into the net.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis said his team had been practicing the elaborate play for several days.
''Jonathan Walters had never scored a goal from it. It's lovely when it comes off in a game,'' Pulis said.
Midfielder Charlie Adam and center back Robert Huth performed blocking roles in the move, a fact that annoyed West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who praised Walter's ''lovely finish'' but said ''the corner was un-defendable.''
West Ham equalized in the 48th minute at Upton Park. Mohamed Diame dribbled into the Stoke box, daring a defender to make a challenge. When no one di...