Sadly Stoke's away record is the worst in the division - there has been just one win, back in October, and a total haul of a meagre eight points.
So the title is decided, the top four have a healthy cushion over Chelsea in fifth, and Antonio Conte's side are themselves six points ahead of Arsenal in sixth.
"We've still got four games left, we've got to win them, no-one's safe, and we've got to keep working".
Coverage of today's Premier League game between West Ham and Stoke City will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event (Sky channel 401, Sky HD 435, Virgin channel 511) and Sky Sports Premier League (Sky channel 402, Sky HD 436, Virgin channel 512).
"We didn't go out there with it really planned".
Light Winds with Cool Temperatures for Monday
They will pick back up on Friday and into the weekend ahead of yet another upper-level low that will move into the Rockies. Under continued bright skies, Wednesday and Thursday will feature highs in the deep 70s to locally, on the mainland, 80s.
The Hammers also had two goals correctly chalked off for offside while the only time Stoke really threatened before they scored came when Moritz Bauer broke down the right but Mame Diouf blazed hopelessly over the bar.
"We got him back at the start of the week so we will keep monitoring him".
Hammers missed a number of decent opportunities, but are now unbeaten in three Premier League matches.
Carroll last played for West Ham more than three months ago, with an ankle injury depriving the team of its target man up front.
West Ham: Arsenal (away); Manchester City (home); Leicester (away); Manchester United (home); Everton (home).
"I think the important thing was to make sure we didn't lose tonight and I thought the commitment from the players, energy, to make sure that didn't happen showed late on but their play throughout with the ball was one of the better performances I have seen since I have been here".