Stoke City came from behind as they rode their luck to end their campaign with a fortuitous 2-1 victory against West Ham United.
After a very low-key start to the match at a sunny Britannia Stadium, Manuel Lanzini jinked his way into the penalty area, only to see his shot blocked.
The match livened up in the 23rd minute when the Hammers took the lead, Michail Antonio chesting the ball down after Stoke had failed to clear a corner before firing a low effort past a flat-footed Shay Given in the Potters goal.
Antonio almost scored again soon afterwards, firing a left-footed effort just over the bar before Diafro Sakho fired into the side-netting.
Sakho then forced Given to make a good stop as Stoke struggled to get out of first gear.
Mark Hughes’ side failed to test Darren Randolph in the West Ham goal in the first half as they produced an abject display.
The Potters continued to look disinterested at the start of the second half and Slaven Bilic’s side should have made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute only for Given to keep Sakho’s close-range effort out after a pinpoint cross by the excellent Antonio.
It proved to be a costly miss as, just three minutes later, Stoke were level when Giannelli Imbula smashed a low 20-yard left-footed drive home.
The goal lifted the home side and Randolph had to race out of his goal to get to the ball before Marko Arnautovic.
West Ham continued to look dangerous though and substitute Enner Valencia sent his header from Mark Noble’s cross just over the bar before Geoff Cameron cleared the ball off the line. Glenn Whelan then denied Cheikhou Kouyate with another goal-line clearance following a corner.
After Stoke substitute Charlie Adam had almost scored with an effort from inside his own half, Mame Biram Diouf profited from some poor West Ham marking at a corner to power a header past Randolph and ensure that Stoke ended their season with a win while Bilic’s side finish seventh.