West Ham United and Stoke City settled for an exciting but fruitless 0-0 draw at the Bet365 stadium, as both sides couldn’t put away their chances to secure the winning goal.
Slaven Bilic and Mark Hughes’s teams equally displayed threatening attacks, strong defensive toughness and great shot-stopping goalkeeping on the day, as the draw here pushes both a little closer to inevitable Premier League safety for next season.
The Hammers boss named an unchanged lineup and formation for a second straight match, meaning Jonathan Calleri got the start again. The much maligned Argentine would receive more criticism for choosing to use a Rabona attempt on a clear chance to score in the latter part of the first half, only for his shot to be blocked by the Stoke defense.
Andre Ayew had several shots on goal, but was thwarted by the terrific young English goalkeeper Jack Butland. Meanwhile, West Ham goalkeeper Adrian had to deal well to deny Marko Arnautovic from point blink range after a perfect pass from Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri.
West Ham have three games remaining in the season now, with a daunting match next against title contenders Tottenham on Friday.