West Ham held by Stoke

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IOL pic nov20 soccer stoke west ham Associated Press West Ham United's Joey O'Brien (centre of the huddle) celebrates with his team mates after scoring during their Premier League clash against Stoke City at the Boleyn Ground Stadium in London.

London - West Ham United moved level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City in a dour Premier League clash at Upton Park on Monday.

Jonathan Walters put the visitors in front after 13 minutes when he finished off a training ground routine from a corner by losing his marker and firing in at the near post from 10m.

Steven Nzonzi hit the bar for Stoke with a rasping drive from distance seven minutes from halftime, but West Ham equalised three minutes after the break when Joey O'Brien scored his first Premier League goal by turning in Gary O'Neil's low cross.

West Ham's fine start to the season sees them on 19 points from 12 games, nine behind leaders Manchester City, while Stoke are in 14th place with 13 points, four above the drop zone. - Reuters


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