Premier League
West Ham United 1 Leicester City 2

Saturday, 15th August 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Some things never change. You can always rely on West Ham to follow up a superb performance with a defeat. And you can always rely on certain referees to put in performances that, in many other countries, would have investigators swarming all over their financial records.



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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Showed remarkable restraint in the face of what must have been an overwhelming desire to flatten the ref.


Carl Jenkinson
Defensively ok but too often in the second half when we needed him to be force going forwards the attack would break down from a lack of guile on his part.


Aaron Cresswell
Did ok and was instrumental in supporting the good work going forward on the left in the second half.


Winston Reid
Got caught out of position for the goals I?EUR(TM)m afraid.


Angelo Ogbonna
His shaky 20 minutes coincided with the spell in which the damage was done.


Cheikhou Kouyate
Seemed to be in no-man?EUR(TM)s land for much of the game.


Mark Noble
Has been given a pivotal role in midfield and much went through him.


Reece Oxford
This wasn?EUR(TM)t the sort of game where his neutralising services were required and as a result the gae went on around him somewhat. Failed to track back for the first.


Dimitri Payet
The pick of the bunch and the goal was superbly taken.


Mauro Zarate
Usual blind alley stuff first half. Looked better coming in from wide in the second half.


Diafra Sakho
Must be wondering what he has to do before gaining a penalty.



Substitutes

Pedro Obiang
(Replaced Oxford) Useful debut. Like Payet he can spot a pass.


Manuel Lanzini
(Replaced Nolan) Enough useful touches to suggest that this may be a decent signing if he gets a run in the team.


Modibo Maiga
(Replaced Zarate) No significant contribution.


Darren Randolph
Did not play.


James Tomkins
Did not play.


Matthew Jarvis
Did not play.


Kevin Nolan
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Reece Oxford, Dimitri Payet, Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho.

Goals: Dimitri Payet 55                  .

Booked: Carl Jenkinson 40          .

Sent Off: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo 92    .

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Ritchie de Laet, Jeffrey Schlupp, Andy King, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Marc Albrighton, Daniel Drinkwater, Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez.

Subs not used: Andrej Kramaric, Dean Hammond, Leonardo Ulloa, Jonny Maddison.

Goals: Shinji Okazaki (27), Riyad Mahrez (38).

Booked: Jamie Vardy (11), Shinji Okazaki (54), Yohan Benalouane (88).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 34,857.

Man of the Match: Dimitri Payet.