The Hammers now sit just six points off the bottom three, whilst Stoke are stuck firmly in the drop zone.
Paul Lambert: "If we get a win it drags a few back in and that's the most important thing".
Rice is a very talented and promising young footballer who is playing well for West Ham at the moment. "The Hammers will probably just survive - but it's been a long and troubled campaign which will fill nobody which much optimism for the immediate future".
After a crucial home win over Southampton and a well-earned point at Chelsea, David Moyes' West Ham side were in confident mood and could have broken the deadlock after 55 minutes when former Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic directed a powerful header past Butland but was adjudged to be in an offside position. We bossed the majority of the game.
"The ideal situation is to go unbeaten between now and the end of the season, there is no reason why we can't do that".
A victory for the visitors would have seen them move to within three points of safety and keep West Ham in real danger of going down.
"We've still got four games so no-one is safe". The intent is to go and win and we will do everything we can to get three points. "I thought we were excellent".
The point left West Ham seven points clear of the relegation zone. We had good chances for an away team but I know they had a couple of goals disallowed too.
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Stoke City have not won a game since 20 January this year - a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
Andy Carroll scored a 90th-minute equalizer for West Ham to draw with relegation-threatened Stoke 1-1 in the English Premier League and come to teammate Joe Hart's rescue after the goalkeeper's latest error on Monday.