Jermaine Pennant came off the bench to curl home a brilliant free kick with just eight minutes to play that gave the Potters a 1-0 win.
Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the action between the two sides.
West Ham United:
On target 0
On target 5
Was the result fair?
It was. West Ham rarely troubled Stoke's backline and Stoke had the vast majority of the attacking play. Any other result would have been harsh on the Potters.
West Ham United's performance
The Hammers were crying out for Andy Carroll in that match, as they failed to make the most of any of their chances that they were given. They did have promising spells but it only ever looked as if Stoke were going to win it.
Stoke City's performance
Stoke were very good and, whisper this quietly, actually played some nice, tidy football. They controlled the match and had all the attacking possession. Justified result.
Sports Mole's man of the match
Jermaine Pennant: He may have only been on the pitch from the 76th minute, but Pennant's free kick was worthy of winning any match and was the sparkle in an otherwise dull encounter.
This award should probably go to Modibo Maiga, who had the perfect chance to put West Ham in front just before half time. However, his header was woeful and proved costly.
Jon Moss was not the focus of the match, so that tells you all you need to know. He was correct with all his bookings. A good afternoon for the referee.
West Ham United: The Hammers are on the road next as they travel to Southampton on September 15.
Stoke City: The Potters play hosts to Manchester City the day before once the international break is over.