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Jones rescues point for Potters

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Kenwyne Jones netted his second goal in two matches as Stoke drew 1-1 with West Ham at the Britannia Stadium.

The visitors, whose manager Avram Grant was observing Yom Kippur and not present at the game, took the lead in the first half thanks to Scott Parker's close-range finish.

Stoke came back strongly after the break though, with Jones following up his goal at Aston Villa on Monday by heading home in the 48th minute after connecting with a cross from the impressive Jermaine Pennant.

There were few clear-cut chances in a scrappy opening, although Robert Green almost gifted Stoke an opener when he failed to deal with a Pennant free-kick, only for Robert Huth to hit the post.

Having seen Stoke fail to make the most of their set-pieces, West Ham then took the lead via a free-kick of their own. Victor Obinna crossed it into the box in the 32nd minute and the ball bounced off two red and white shirts before Parker prodded it over the line.

The visitors dominated the remainder of the half and almost added a second as Frederic Piquionne struck the bar with a curling shot from 25 yards.

Stoke got their act together after the interval and pulled level within three minutes of the restart.

Jon Walters released Pennant down the right channel and the winger played in a delightful cross which Jones headed in at the far post.

The goal lifted the hosts and Green was forced into a fantastic save to tip another Jones effort onto the post after the striker had outmuscled Matthew Upson.

There were few further chances as the Hammers regrouped, although Stoke substitute Ricardo Fuller almost snatched victory for his side when he headed against the bar from a Rory Delap throw.

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Jermaine Pennant
Matthew Upson
Stoke City
Frederic Piquionne
Football
Scott Parker
Robert Huth
Kenwyne Jones
Premier League
Rory Delap
Aston Villa
Ricardo Fuller
Robert Green
West Ham United
Victor Obinna

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