Last Updated: 02/03/13 7:01pm
LAST WORD - Liam has been back in touch to say: "A great result for us only third away win of the season but another massive 3 points towards survival and now 9 points above the drop and gone up 2 places to 12th." Yes, things are looking good for you Hammers, it was a deserved win today.
FULL TIME. That's it, West Ham hold on for the win. Thanks for your views today, stay with us for reaction.
Shea wins a throw in 30 yards out on the right. Stoke take but Pogatetz wins a throw in in the similar position.
Stoke break upfield and feed the ball to Shea in the box. It hits Demel on the hand and Stoke appeal for a penalty but the ref waves on. Replays show it should have been a pen.
Shotton takes the throw in and the ball falls to Adam who chests and volleys at goal from 25 yards but it hits the crossbar and West Ham scramble the ball away.
Reid is down injured after a tussle with Jones and the ref stops play, much to the annoyance of the home support.
Vaz Te feeds the ball to Collison who shoots from the edge of the box but Wilson blocks. He then passes the loose ball to Vaz Te who cuts into the centre from the left but Shawcross tackles and clears.
Carroll wins a throw in ten yards on the left. O'Brien takes but Shotton wins a throw in in a similar position.
Walters gets to a pass before the onrushing Jaaskelainen. He passes to Shea on the left as the keeper runs back and Whelan then puts the ball out for a goal kick.
Jaaskelainen punts the free-kick forward, Carroll flicks on but Wilson clears the danger in the box.
Whelan and Diame tussle for the ball midway in the Hammers' half on the right and the ref blows for a West Ham free-kick.
Demel takes the second throw in and wins another. He takes again before putting the ball out for a goal kick after a tussle for the ball with Shea.
Vaz Te wins a throw in ten yards out on the right. Demel takes and wins another in a similar position.
Whelan takes the free-kick but Reid heads away for a throw in ten yards out on the right. They take and Kightly crosses into the box but Jaaskelainen gathers.
Crouch and Collins tussle for the ball in the box and the striker calls for a pen but the ref waves play on. Replays show it was the correct decision.
Whelan punts the free-kick forward but the Hammers clear. They break quickly upfield and Vaz Te finds Jarvis to the left side of the box. He shoots from six yards but Begovic saves for a West Ham corner on the left. They take but Stoke clear.
Collins catches Jerome with a high challenge and gets the first booking of the game. Stoke have a free-kick just inside their own half.
O'Neil crosses from 40 yards into the box. Begovic comes for the ball and drops it under pressure from Carroll, who crosses but Wilson clears.
Crouch flicks on a header towards Jerome in the box. He goes down under a challenge by O'Brien in the box but the ref waves play on. Jerome is not happy!
"Stokie phil here again from spain getting really worried we are not playing well & find it hard to score we could still end up in a relegation battle. Tony Pulis needs to earn his wages with his HT team talk." Yes, surely they will improve for the second period.
'littleliam' says: "Chuffed with first half performance and 1-0 up. Keep it going lads and get the 3 points. COYI!"
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 7/1 for a Stoke win, 5/2 for the draw and 4/9 for a West Ham victory. My 2-1 Stoke to win prediction is still on but they will have to improve in the second half. What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to email@example.com and I will post up the best when I return with my brew!
GOAL - COLLISON!!!! Vaz Te makes a strong run before passing to Carroll on the edge of the box. Carroll and Shawcross go in hard for the ball and it bounces loose for Vaz Te to latch onto. He then makes a great pass to find Collison on his own 12 yards out to9 the right of the box and he makes no mistake into the bottom corner!!!!
Kightly presses into the right corner but O'Brien tracks back and shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.
West Ham press again and Carroll tries to find Vaz Te on the edge of the box but Wilson intercepts and clears.
Shotton and Jarvis tussle for the ball in the left side of the box but Shotton stands firm and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
West Ham break upfield and Jarvis gets to the left byline before crossing into the box but Shotton tracks back and blocks before clearing.
O'Brien crosses from 22 yards on the left. Begovic and Vaz Te go up for the ball at the far post and the keeper is fouled for a free-kick.
Stoke win a throw in 25 yards out on the right. Shotton put the ball into the box but it runs out for a goal kick.
West Ham work the ball well to Demel on the right who crosses into the box from 20 yards. Carroll loses his marker Shawcross so has a free header 15 yards out in the centre but it is well wide.
Crouch flicks on a long ball towards Jerome but Collins steps up a yard to catch the striker offside on the edge of the box.
Jaaskelainen punts the ball forward and Demel tries to get to the right byline but the ball runs out for a goal kick.
Wilson concedes a throw in ten yards out on the right. Diame takes and wins another in a similar position. He takes again but fouls Walters for a Stoke free-kick ten yards out.
West Ham win a throw in 30 yards out on the left. O'Brien takes but Diame is tackled in the centre and the Potters clear.
O'Neil puts the free-kick into the box. Crouch heads away as far as Collison who shoots from 25 yards but it is straight at Begovic who saves low down.
Jerome and Reid tussle for the ball in the right side of the West Ham box and the defender puts it out for a throw in 15 yards out on the right.
Walters wins a free-kick 35 yards out on the right off O'Brien. Stoke take but Crouch is given offside.
O'Neil takes the corner but Stoke partially clear. He crosses back into the box from 25 yards on the left and Collins heads at goal from 12 yards out but it is just over. Best chance so far.
James Price asks: "How did Crouch get away without a booking?!? West Ham to win in the face of adversity." I think the ref got it right - Crouch was entitled to go for the ball.
Whelan puts the corner into the box but West Ham partially clear before Collins releases Vaz Te who runs to the edge of the Stoke box but Shawcross tackles.
Shotton releases Jerome into the right corner. He crosses into the box and wins a corner on the right off O'Brien.
Stoke punt the free-kick forward, this time Crouch flicks on for Jerome but Reid is there to clear for a throw in 20 yards out on the right.
Stoke punt the free-kick forward, Jerome flicks the ball on to Crouch in the box who controls with his chest before trying a volley from 15 yards but it lacks power and is straight at Jasskelainen who gathers.
Carroll tries an effort from the edge of the box to the right but his shot is blocked by Shawcross before Carroll fouls Whelan.
West Ham break forward and Collison tries to play a one-two with Vaz Te into the box but Wilson intercepts and clears.
Walters wins a throw in 30 yards out on the right. Shotton takes and Jerome crosses into the box from five yards out on the right but slips and O'Brien easily clears.
Whelan takes the corner and Crouch battles for the ball with Collins before trying a scissors kick and his boot hits Taylor in the face and the West Ham player needs treatment on the pitch. It looked like it could get ugly between the West Ham players and Crouch, thinking he had been out of order, but the ref quickly steps in to quell the anger.
Shawcross puts the free-kick into the box but West Ham partially clear. Stoke come again and Shotton crosses into the box from ten yards on the right and Reid heads out for a corner on the right.
Jarvis takes the throw in but Stoke clear before Crouch fouls Reid for a West Ham free-kick on the halfway line on the left.
Jaaskelainen slips as he tries to clear a back pass from Collins and puts it out for a Stoke corner on the left.
Stoke press early on and win a throw in 30 yards out on the right. Shotton puts it into the box but Reid heads away.
'littleliam' says: "Hello I am a massive West Ham fan and I know our form hasn't been brilliant but today I am going for 1-0 West Ham and Andy Carroll to score." Cheers, enjoy the game - the teams are on the pitch, we should be underway in a minute or so!!
Mark France says: "Stoke will be to strong for West ham today fancy a Stoke win 3-1 to leave the Hammers blowing bubbles all the way home." Just under ten minutes to go now before we find out!!
Ex-Potter Edd Irwin from Durban says: "Stoke and West Ham are on a par but with home advantage I think Stoke will take the three points on offer. Huth has been suspended but I'm sure there will be enough coverage for him. I'm going for a Stoke win at 1-0." It could well be tight Edd, cheers for your views!
King Jones, Westham, Botswana says: "Hey Steve, i had my Stoke top on this morning, but have now swapped it for my Hammers one. Felt we were a bit unlucky against Spurs, and i know Stoke have been a hard nut to crack at home but still have to go for a 1-2 win for the Hammers. Go you Irons." Cheers King Jones, enjoy the game. We're getting a variety of views here, with plenty thinking the Hammers can bounce back against the Potters - not long to go now to find out!
Teams - West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Jarvis, Joe Cole, O'Neil, Diame, Taylor, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Carlton Cole, Collison, Maiga, Vaz Te, Pogatetz, Chamakh.
Teams - Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Kightly, Jerome, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Palacios, Jones, Adam, Whitehead, Shea.
Teams - Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has made one alteration to his side from their 3-2 loss to Tottenham on Monday night as Matt Taylor comes in for broken toe victim Kevin Nolan.
Teams - Stoke boss Tony Pulis has made three changes to his starting XI. In the absence of suspended centre-back Robert Huth, full-back Andy Wilkinson has been brought into the team with Marc Wilson switching from that position to the middle of defence, while the other adjustments from last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Fulham see Michael Kightly and Cameron Jerome replace the injured Matthew Etherington and benched Geoff Cameron.
Brad says: "I've gone with a 3-1 away win with Diame scoring the first goal, West Ham desperately need to get points on the board." They do indeed but Tony Pulis will be demanding no let-up from the Potters as well. Still, with your scorecast paying 325/1 with Sky Bet, you will be a very happy punter if your prediction comes in!
"Stokie Phil here in sunny spain...hard one to predict today I am hoping stoke can claim the points but our recent form has been a little indifferent. Here's hoping for a good entertaining game & 3-2 to the Potters." Cheers Phil, it's sunny here for a change as well!! Enjoy the game!!
FIRST VIEW - Ryan has been in touch to say: "I think it will be a comfy 2-0 away win for the Hammers. Andy Carroll and J Cole boost our away trips." Any more views? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
My view - I'm going for a narrow 2-1 Stoke victory, with Walters to bounce back from last week's penalty miss to score the first goal, with this scorecast paying a handsome 40/1 with Sky Bet!
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet's Steve has been in touch to say: "Stoke (11/8) have not been as formidable at home as we've come to expect this term, but they remain hard to beat with six draws, six wins and just one defeat and are popular with punters ahead of their clash with West Ham (2/1). Matches between these sides generally remain low scoring, with an average of 2.1 goals per game, and it's odds-on that there'll be less than three goals again today. It's 6/1 for Peter Crouch to open the scoring for Stoke with Andy Carroll a 15/2 shot for the visitors. The draw is 9/4." Cheers for the info Steve!