Match report: West Ham 0 Stoke City 1
A Jermaine Pennant free-kick secured a well-deserved victory for Mark Hughes' Stoke side as they beat West Ham 1-0 at Upton Park.
The late strike ensured the Hammers first defeat of the season and saw the Potters first win in east London since 2010.
In the opening 15 minutes, Stoke settled the quicker, with some neat and patient passing.
After his midweek hat-trick in the Carling Cup against Walsall, Kenwyne Jones looked as though he was in the goal scoring mood again, when his notable pace beat both Winston Reid and James Collins, but his shot was blazed over.
Charlie Adam's 25 yard free-kick was on target, but no match for keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Finnish shot stopper then showed his class with a superb double save, first from a stunning Marc Wilson volley from 30 yards out, and then from Jonathan Walters' follow up.
West Ham's Modibo Maiga wasted the Hammers best chance of the game, when Kevin Nolan's cross from the right wing seemed perfect for the forward, but he misjudged it, and the ball ran wide.
The second half began with neither team creating any real chances in the first 15 minutes.
Then Collins blocked an inviting cross from former Hammer Matthew Etherington which could have been deadly for the east London outfit. Steven N'Zonzi's hit and hope effort from 25 yards was well wide.
After some good patient build up play from Sam Allardyce's men, Mohamed Diame's shot was deflected wide.
From the resulting corner, Reid's wild effort from 12 yards was the best chance for West Ham in the second period. The Hammers were now playing with much more vigour and panache.
But after patient build up play from the Potters, Glenn Whelan was fouled on the edge of the box by Reid. Former England winger Pennant stepped up and bent the ball around the wall and past Jaaskelainen to give Stoke an 81st minute winner.
With no real pressure coming from West Ham after Pennant's goal, Stoke comfortably managed to hang onto the lead and climb above the Hammers in the table just before the international break.