Parker pounced to put West Ham in front but his team could not hold on
By Paul Fletcher
West Ham picked up their first point of the Premier League season with a hard-fought draw against Stoke.
Scott Parker put the visiting side in front with a close-range finish after Stoke failed to clear a free-kick.
Kenwyne Jones equalised with a header and had a strike tipped on to the post by Robert Green, while Robert Huth and Ricardo Fuller also hit the woodwork.
West Ham struck the post through Frederic Piquionne, while Thomas Sorensen denied Manuel da Costa.
Grant will be pleased with point - Keen
It was a tough and uncompromising contest between two teams who started the day in the bottom three.
The result ensured that the Hammers, without boss Avram Grant as he observed the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur, remained anchored to the bottom of the table but they have at least ended their sequence of four straight defeats, during which they conceded three goals in each.
Referee Lee Mason dished out five yellow cards, but turned down several penalties appeals, with West Ham furious that Ryan Shawcross was not punished for a handball following a Victor Obinna strike in the opening half.
A foul from Shawcross led to West Ham's goal, with Stoke failing to deal with Obinna's subsequent delivery into the box.
Delap attempted to hack the ball clear but it struck team-mate Shawcross and was bundled home by Parker.
The goal came just after the half-hour mark and Piquionne almost immediately doubled their advantage with a long-range shot that thundered against the crossbar.
Shawcross was later fortunate to escape sanction when he appeared to elbow Carlton Cole in an off-the-ball incident that saw the striker fall to the turf.
Stoke, who defeated Aston Villa with a last-ditch winner on Monday, looked strangely off the pace but were almost handed a goal by the unsure handling of Green.
The Hammers keeper fumbled a delivery from out wide and Huth almost tucked the ball home from a tight angle but the defender's shot struck the post.
Jones should then have converted a long throw from Delap but he too was wasteful, heading over from six yards.
Stoke should have won - Kemp
However, the former Sunderland striker was on target shortly after the restart, rising above Da Costa, making his appearance start of the season, to convert a brilliant cross from the right by Jermaine Pennant.
The goal brought the crowd to life and they were almost celebrating again when the athletic Jones dispossessed Matthew Upson before cutting inside and unleashing a fearsome shot that Green diverted against the woodwork with a superb one-handed save.
West Ham responded, with a neat interchange of play creating an opening for Obinna but Thomas Sorensen palmed his long-range effort around the post and brilliantly denied a Da Costa header from the subsequent corner.
The last effort of the match fell to former Hammer Matthew Etherington, whose long-range effort with the outside of his boot was saved by Green.
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