West Ham show character to come from behind against Stoke City to earn draw

West Ham came from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw against Stoke City.

West Ham United's start to the season had seen them win five of their first nine games, with impressive home wins against Liverpool and Manchester United.

Today, the Hammers faced a trip to Stoke City, without star striker Diafra Sakho, who was nursing an injury - a big loss given that he's scored in every start so far.

And early on, it looked like Sam Allardyce's side were going to miss the Senegalese international's presence, as Stoke took the lead through Victor Moses.

The Nigerian winger opened the scoring from close range, giving Stoke the lead in a half where West Ham didn't even muster one shot on target.

The introduction of Carlton Cole at half time was a big boost, but it couldn't prevent Stoke making it 2-0 just before the hour mark, as Mame Biram Diouf head the ball home for the Potters.

But West Ham are showing more character this season, and their comeback started when Enner Valencia headed home a Stewart Downing cross just four minutes later.

Downing was at the heart of West Ham's revival, and he equalised in the 73rd minute to send the Hammers home with a point - a great result considering the predicament they found themselves in.

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