Stoke rue missed West Ham opportunities

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Stoke City assistant manager Dave Kemp described Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham United as two points loft for the Potters.

Kenwyne Jones equalised a Scott Parker opener in the second half at the Britannia Stadium before the home side went on to rattle the woodwork on three occasions.

"We may well reflect on this as two points lost rather than one gained," said Kemp, who was standing in for Tony Pulis in the post-match press conference.

"We started the game slowly and were disappointed with our first half performance.

"We didn't get at them enough early in the game, allowed them too much time on the ball, but we changed that after the break and obviously the early goal helped us."

Meanwhile, Kemp is keeping his fingers crossed that the injuries which forced Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Jon Walters off prove not to be too serious.

He continued:"The injuries didn't help us at all. Every time we were building up a head of steam in the second half, we were forced to make a change due to the injuries.

"It's too early to say much about the injuries, hopefully they won't be too serious, but they all seemed to be moving pretty well in the dressing room afterwards."

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