Leicester City 4-1 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

West Ham's alarming inability to defend had been blamed on former manager Manuel Pellegrini's tactical insufficiency.

Yet tonight's defeat at the King Power Stadium suggested that little had changed since his departure, as David Moyes' team were roundly thumped by a Leicester side that coasted to victory with a brace of goals either side of the half time interval.

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The Hammers went into this game knowing that three of their next four Premier League outings come against unbeaten Liverpool, who they face twice, and Manchester City.

Yet there was no sign of any urgency or fight from a team that appeared to have been set up not to lose, rather than try and win the game.

West Ham managed just 17 passes in the opening ten minutes of the game, setting the tone for what was to come. The biggest surprise was that it took Leicester 24 minutes to open the scoring, as Harvey Barnes touched home from close range.

That may have not been so bad has the Hammers managed to keep the deficit at one before the half time interval, but Leicester added a second in the FOURTH minute of added on time at the end of the opening period when Ricardo Pereira made it 2-0 with a thumping shot that left Darren Randolph no chance.

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Having no doubt received a rollicking from Moyes at half time West Ham came out fighting at the beginning of the second half and managed to pull oine back as Mark Noble converted from the penalty spot after Sebastien Haller had been impeded by Ndidi.

But the home side wrapped the game up with nine minutes of regulation time to go when former Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez made it 3-1, also from 12 yards, after Angelo Ogbonna felled Iheanacho inside the penalty area as he bore down on goal.

There was still time for the Foxes to add a fourth when Perez doubled his tally for the night in the 88th minute - as the hammers slipped to yet another demoralising Premier League defeat.

And it gets no better for the Hammers, who are now level on points with 18th and 19th-places Watford and Bournemouth, with those dredfully difficult fixtures awaiting them following this weekend's FA Cup fourth round tie against West Brom at the LOS.

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West Ham Utd: Randolph, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku (Antonio 46), Rice, Noble, Snodgrass (Fornals 46), Lanzini, Haller.

Subs not used: Martin, Reid, Balbuena, Sanchez, Ajeti.

Goals: Noble (50, pen).

Booked: Ogbonna.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Mendy (Ndidi 34), Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Barnes (Morgan 83), Vardy (Iheanacho 43).

Subs not used: Ward, Justin, Albrighton, Gray.

Goals: Barnes (24), Pereira (45+5), Perez (81, pen), Perez (88).

Booked: Schmeichel.

Referee: David Coote.

Attendance: 31,968.

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