'Never': West Ham fans stunned by Man of the Match against Stoke

David Moyes manager of Sunderland laughs prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on September 12, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Declan Rice stood out as West Ham United snatched a draw with Stoke City in the Premier League but he wasn't the Man of the Match.

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with West Ham United's English defender Aaron Cresswell during the English Premier League...

Plenty of West Ham United fans cannot believe that the club awarded Aaron Cresswell the Man of the Match award for Monday night’s smash-and-grab 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City.

A stoppage-time stunner from the returning Andy Carroll earned the Hammers a point against the Potters, smashing home a volley from a Cresswell cross to deny Paul Lambert what would have been a vital win in Stoke’s fight against the drop. But that was pretty much the only delivery that the left-back got right all night at the London Stadium.

Cresswell’s set-pieces were unusually wide of the mark and, in truth, he hardly stood out despite putting the last-gasp chance on a plate for Carroll on the striker’s first appearance since he was linked with a move to Chelsea in January.

But, as the West Ham supporters on Twitter were at pains to point out, Declan Rice was possibly the best player on the pitch; certainly of anyone wearing claret and blue.

Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City and Declan Rice of West Ham United battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at London Stadium on April 16,...

The 19-year-old put in another commanding and composed performance alongside Italy international Angelo Ogbonna, one week after his eye-catching display in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

And the London Stadium faithful seem to feel that Rice was far more deserving of a new mantelpiece ornament than Cresswell.

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