"That decade might be about to come to an end with Stoke six points off safety with only five games to play".
Carroll's third goal of the season - in his first appearance since January - was a priceless contribution for West Ham, who are now seven points above the bottom three. "I thought we played a really good game and if we keep playing like that, we will win games", Lambert told a post-match news conference. If we did, the football gods really would be against us'.
West Ham United are under no impression that they are safe in the Premier League but a victory against Stoke City will greatly improve their chances of staying in the top flight, defender Arthur Masuaku said.
Stoke City starting XI: Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Allen, Ndiaye; Bauer, Shaqiri, Sobhi; Diouf. It's not enough yet but the last two games have given us a lift.
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"I don't know where we are going to get with him with the short length of time, I don't know about 90 minutes but if we can continue to get him off the bench for twenty or thirty minutes when required it will be more than handy, as it showed tonight".
Stoke manager Paul Lambert: "We have to come away (from West Ham) with something without a doubt".
West Ham are on 34 points and a win at the London Stadium on Monday will put them within touching distance of the 40-point figure normally associated with survival.
The Hammers are aiming to complete their first league double over Stoke since the Potters' first season in the Premier League in 2008-09. "I couldn't ask for any more from my players", Lambert said.
And after West Ham's equaliser, Javier Hernandez had a goal disallowed for a foul by Carroll. No one is seriously asking Gareth Southgate to include Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch in his World Cup squad and yet is there anything more traditionally English than the sight of both of them giving their struggling teams a lifeline?