Analysis: Bojan equaliser ensures Stoke's unbeaten run continues

Analysis: Bojan equaliser ensures Stoke's unbeaten run continues

Bojan rescued a point for Stoke City against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon but what did we learn from the 1-1 draw?

Nathan Shelley

A smart finish from Bojan in the 75th minute was enough to secure Stoke City a point away at West Ham after a Glenn Whelan own goal ten minutes previously.

It was the Spaniard's first appearance for six matches and he has given his manager plenty of food for thought once the Premier League outfit return from the international break. Jonathan Walters' smart, looped ball across the box that led to Bojan finding himself in a pocket of space, giving him enough room to execute the difficult finish.

Six unbeaten

A draw extended Mark Hughes’ side unbeaten run to six games, a run kick-started at home to West Brom. A point today takes them to 13 points and up into 11th, an area of the league Stoke fans have become accustomed to during the Welshman’s tenure. Hughes, who was favoured by some for the sack earlier in the season, has made various changes to massive effect - this has been helped by players finding form all over the pitch. The Potters, however, were without Geoff Cameron, Xherdan Shaqiri, and last season’s top scorer, Marko Arnautovic, who was missing due to suspension.

Charlie Adam kept his place in the middle of the park and had another shot, that was heading towards the top corner, saved before having a late free-kick saved by the West Ham shot stopper which would of took all three points back home to the Potteries.

Ramadan Sobhi kept his place down the left hand side and the young Egyptian was assertive on and off the ball throughout the game before his late withdrawl. The 19-year-old looks a shrewd signing by the Stoke backroom staff and already looks a like for like replacement for Arnautovic, should he miss anymore matches in the future.

Defensive partners immovable

The partnership that Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi have struck up continues to improve every week after restricting the home side to only two efforts on goal all game. Between them they did not let returning striker Andre Ayew or substitute Ashley Fletcher have a sniff of a chance all game.

Martins Indi may be the best defensive signing Hughes has made since arriving on ST4. The Dutch centre-back has looked imperious since signing for the club on loan from Porto FC, with an option to buy available to Stoke.   

Who next?

Bournemouth are the next team to make the long journey north, whose confidence will already be somewhat dented after handing Sunderland their first win of the season last time out. 

The Potters will now be looking at this as another very winnable fixture after doing the double over the Cherries last season