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Stoke snatches injury-time equalizer in 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham

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LONDON — Marko Arnautovic struck an injury-time equalizer as Stoke City fought back to draw 1-1 with West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Austrian forward had two earlier goals ruled for offside but was rewarded for his persistence when he coolly slotted past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian in added time.

Aaron Cresswell had curled in a sublime left-footed free kick to give West Ham the lead early in the first half at Upton Park. The 25-year-old left back, excelling in his first season in the Premier League after joining from Ipswich last summer, bent the ball past beyond Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the seventh minute.

But it was a familiar ending for West Ham, which has also dropped points in injury time this season against Manchester United, twice against Tottenham and conceded an 86th-minute winner to Leicester City last week.

PHOTO: Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic, left, and West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell in action during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Adam Davy, PA Wire)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT      -     NO SALES      -     NO ARCHIVES
Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic, left, and West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell in action during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Adam Davy, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

"We should have kept possession a lot better. We are very nervous because of what has happened before," said West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. "We can't find the right key elements to see the game out. We leave ourselves on a nervous edge, a little bit of panic, coping with the opposition who are going to take more risks."

Stoke pushed hard for an equalizer, and substitute striker Mame Biram Diouf's second-half header from inside the box beat goalkeeper Adrian but bounced off the inside of the right post.

The goal finally came in the fifth minute of injury time, when Arnautovic fired into the far corner, ending a run of three straight losses for Stoke.

"In the end, we're grateful enough," Stoke manager Mark Hughes said. "Thankfully we got something, but not as much as we deserved as we dominated the game by a country mile."

The result leaves West Ham and Stoke level on points, with West Ham ahead on goal difference in ninth place.

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PHOTO: Stoke City's Erik Pieters, left, and West Ham United's Enner Valencia in action during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Adam Davy, PA Wire)       UNITED KINGDOM OUT     -    NO SALES     -     NO ARCHIVES
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