Everything was there for the taking for the Potters, but a late goal from the hosts could prove crucial for Stoke’s chances of survival.
West Ham United and Stoke finished 1-1 at the London Stadium on Monday evening, after Andy Carroll‘s late heroics denied the Potters all three points.
Carroll, who came in as a late substitution, brilliantly volleyed home a ball from Aaron Cresswell in the 90th minute.
For Crouch, the finish gives him the title of all-time leading goalscorer for Stoke in the Premier League.
Hart spilled a shot from Xherdan Shaqiri that came in from the top of the box, while the veteran Englishman was properly positioned to make West Ham pay for the error.
Chances were far and few in the opening stanza, however, Stoke keeper Jack Butland made a massive stop in the first half on Marko Arnautovic when the ball struck the face of the England international.
Stoke moves level on points (28) with 18th place Southampton, however, the Potters still sit five points behind Swansea City in the relegation race with four matches to play.
Meanwhile, the Hammers sit seven points clear of the bottom three, and have an extra game in hand.Follow @MattReedFutbol