On the hour mark, against the run of play Downing broke down the right before delivering a tantalising ball to the onrushing Enner Valencia who neatly steered the ball into the net. Stoke huffed and puffed, and then the Hammers struck again with Valencia the provider for Downing on this occasion as he dribbled his way down the left flank before pulling the ball back for Downing to slam it into the Stoke net. From there we almost stole it as Valencia went very close just before the end.
Diafra Sakho did not get on the score sheet, thereby confirming the suspicions of some observers that his goalscoring prowess does not extend to matches that he is not actually playing in.
Next up, home to Villa. We'll be hoping to revert to the scintillating stuff we witnessed last week against Man City. It looks like Sakho will be back but we will have to wait to find out more about Today's casualties.