Hammers are prevented from rising to 5th in the EPL, while S'pore Lions romp to a goal-feast

In English football action, 

West Ham United were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Stoke City this morning. 

At Upton Park, Jonathan Walters put the visitors in front after 13 minutes, when he fired in at the near post from 10 metres out. 

But the Hammers equalised 3 minutes after the break, when Joey O'Brien scored his first Premier League goal by turning in Gary O'Neil's low cross.

With the draw thou, West Ham are level on 19 points with 6th ranked Arsenal while Stoke remain in 14th position.

Still on English football, 

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa will require another 4 weeks to recover from his knee injury. 

The 23 year old suffered the injury a month ago during a Champions League group match. 

And although the Japanese striker was expected to return within 4 weeks, it's now confirmed that Shinji requires yet another month to fully recover. 

But there is some good news for the Red Devils, as England defender Phil Jones returns to the United squad ahead of tomorrow's Champions league clash against Galatasaray. 

The 20 year old who has yet to make an appearance this season, has fully recovered from knee surgery. 


Switching to local football action, 

Our Singapore Lions wrapped up their preparations for the Suzuki Cup, by thrashing Pakistan 4-0 last night. 

At the Jurong West Stadium, more than 1,600 fans turned up to catch Shi Jiayi score the opening goal within 2 minutes. 

Khairul Amri made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark. 

Then later in the 2nd half, captain Sharil Ishak found the net for the Lions' 3rd goal. 

And 42 year old substitute Aleksander Durich scored the 4th and final goal 2 minutes from the end. 

This was the Republic's 1st win in their last 4 friendly matches. 

And they'll depart for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, before meeting the defending Cup champions Malaysia on Sunday night at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.