Saturday, April 4

Hammers out-Foxed by King

Leicester City 2 West Ham 1 

Playing away against the bottom club in a must-win game for Leicester, what could possibly go wrong? Not much we can do about Cambiasso's opener after 12 minutes, as the ball rebounds off Collins and the Leicester man fires home a superb volley from the edge of the box. West Ham almost equalise immediately as Schmeichel makes a great save after Kouyate shoots from Sakho's knock-down. Then it's back down the other end and a penalty to Leicester after Jenkinson upends Ulloa. Adrian is off his line but produces a fine save from Nugent's penalty. West Ham come right back into it after that and after Nolan heads a great chance wide from Downing's cross. Then Song plays in a deep cross, it goes over the head of a Leicester defender and Kouyate chests it down to fire home into the corner. A well-taken goal from the big man.

In the second half, fired by a noisy crowd, Leicester come at West Ham and miss several chances. But the impressive Kouyate hits the post from Sakho's knock-down and Downing sees a deflected shot brilliantly tipped over by Schmeichel. Cresswell clears one off the line and it looks like we're going to get a point until the 86th minute, when a left-wing cross causes mayhem in the box and Andy King manages to divert a mishit shot in off Adrian's hands. There's still time left for Adrian to make a good one-on-one save from Vardy.

A big win for a desperate Leicester and looks like a decent game, but that's no use to us. West Ham have to target wins from the Stoke, Burnley and Everton home games and hope to pick up points from at least one of the games at QPR, Villa and Newcastle, assuming we'll get tonked at Man City. Otherwise our season is going to end with a whimper.


mj said...

A whimper and probably make the decision regarding scene manager

mj said...

A new manager

Pete May said...

Yes, Allardyce will need to get wins to convince the board. Though had the season been reversed with a poor state and a great finish we'd all have been happy enough.