West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with his side after they came from two goals down to draw away to Stoke City on Saturday, Sky
The home side dominated the first hour of the match and looked to be in full control and heading for a fourth Premier League win of the season thanks to a scrambled finish from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf’s glancing header from a Jonathan Walters cross.
But West Ham hit back and earned a point by scoring with their only two shots on target in the game. The in-form Stewart Downing’s solo run and cross saw Enner Valencia stoop to head in at the far post, before former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Liverpool man Downing volleyed home the equaliser after a clever dummy from Cheikhou Kouyate.
And after the game, Allardyce had considerable praise for his side’s spirit. He said: “It shows the character of this team, not giving up right to the very end,” he said. “We haven’t played our best today, we know that, but it’s points on the board and it’s a gritty and determined result.
“When we got the goal just after 2-0 that was a real turning point then we got a grip and scored another very good goal. I couldn’t have seen have us doing that over the past two years, having the determination and the grit, but ultimately we got back to 2-2 because of our quality.”
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