MARKO ARNAUTOVIC plunged his former boss Mark Hughes and Stoke Metropolis deeper into bother with a objective on his return to the Potteries
West Ham’s report £24million signing delivered the late Hammer blow which sealed his previous membership’s destiny, rifling his shot past Jack Butland following a one-two with Manuel Lanzini.
Arnautovic who had been focused for abuse all afternoon by livid Potters followers, then wound them up much more by crossing his wrists above his head to sign the Hammers’ irons crest.
He was substituted shortly afterwards by David Moyes and needed to be escorted up the tunnel after a Stoke fan appeared to hurl his scarf on the controversial Austrian.
Substitute Diafra Sakho added a 3rd as West Ham supporters taunted Hughes with chants of: “You’re getting sacked within the morning!”
However even Arnautovic couldn’t declare to be the largest villain of the day as referee Graham Scott turned the match with a stunning penalty resolution handy West Ham an early lead.
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Earlier he celebrated scoring towards his previous membership within the conventional method
On a day of drama, the kick off was delayed by an hour till four o’clock resulting from an influence surge – adopted by a stadium black-out!
Sadly, regardless of regular service finally being restored, Scott remained completely at midnight all afternoon.
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The match turned in a matter of seconds, as results of the official’s howler, as play raged from one finish to a different at breakneck pace.
Ryan Shawcross’s glancing header from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free kick bounced off Adrian’s again put up with the West Ham ‘keeper overwhelmed.
West Ham hared up the park and Lanzini burst into the field.
Regardless of Erik Pieters going to floor, there was completely no contact by the defender and Lanzini produced a theatrical dive to con the match official into awarding a penalty.
Hammers captain Mark Noble transformed as he celebrated turning into the primary West Ham participant to make 300 Premier League appearances.
Lanzini, meantime, can count on a knock on the door and doable three-match retrospective ban for simulation as soon as the beaks research footage of the incident.
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Hughes can count on a critical chat with Stoke board members after this newest hiccup.
The end result meant the Hammers had already climed above Stoke within the desk earlier than substitute Diafra Sakho compounded the house aspect’s woes.
He collected Lanzini’s by way of ball and slotted coolly previous keeper Jack Butland.