Stoke end West Ham's streak
London - Jermaine Pennant came off the bench to score an 82nd-minute free-kick that gave Stoke City a 1-0 win at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday. The 30-year-old former Liverpool winger bent an unerring shot inside the right-hand post to register his first league goal since May 2011, having been brought back to Stoke by new manager Mark Hughes after being released at the end of last season. Victory ended West Ham's unbeaten start to the season and lifted Stoke up to fifth in the fledgling standings, one point behind leaders Chelsea.
It took the hosts until the 33rd minute to craft a meaningful attempt on goal, but Modibo Maiga could only head wide from Matt Jarvis's right-wing cross. There was a scare for West Ham early in the second period when centre-back Winston Reid landed heavily on his shoulder after an aerial duel with Jones, but the New Zealand international was able to play on.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24Similar Stories