Any hopes that it would send a surge through Stoke were quickly defused, however, as Manuel Lanzini buzzed into the area, where he was tripped by Erik Pieters' needless challenge.
Mark Noble scored a first-half penalty on his 300th Premier League appearance before Marko Arnautovic added a second late on, having played pantomime villain throughout against his former club.
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Hughes was assured by Stoke owner Peter Coates that his future was not on the line in this match, but another lifeless display will do little to help the Welshman's job prospects, with the Potters falling to 17th, a point above the drop zone and below their opponents.
Following how Everton were dealt with, West Ham should expect pressure from some calling for Lanzini to be banned too.
"If you take the whole action into consideration, I definitely don't see it being a dive".
"Referees need to get match-defining decisions correct and he certainly didn't get that one correct".
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After Noble converted that spot-kick, it was the Arnautovic show in Staffordshire, where he spent four successful seasons prior to forcing through a £25million summer move to West Ham. "The situation has gone".
"I've seen a replay and I don't think it's a penalty, for sure".
"The players who will start are basically all global players, so that's why I think it's a decision that makes sense and you have as well to show the trust and the confidence that we have in the players".
It is expected that, with Aaron Ramsey unavailable for selection until January at the earliest, Jack Wilshere will be rested on Tuesday night.
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"There is contact but that's easy when he runs into you".