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Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United

Andy King
Andy King scored Leicester's winner with four minutes left
  • Leicester win first league game in nine
  • Foxes' Nugent has penalty saved at 1-0
  • King scores first goal in 12 months
  • Pearson's side four points from safety

Substitute Andy King's late winner revived Leicester's Premier League survival hopes as they beat West Ham.

Esteban Cambiasso's superb 20-yard left-footed strike gave Nigel Pearson's side the early lead, but the Foxes' David Nugent then had a penalty saved.

West Ham enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure after that and deserved Chiekhou Kouyate's equaliser.

Kouyate hit the post in the second half, but King turned in Jamie Vardy's mis-hit shot with four minutes to play.

It was the Wales midfielder's first goal of the season, and ended Leicester's run of eight league matches without a win, stretching back to 10 January.

Nigel Pearson's side remain bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety, but the attacking threat they showed will give their manager hope that they can yet avoid the drop.

Kasper Schmeichel
Leicester keeper Kasper Schemichel - just back from a broken foot - was making his first home appearance since early December

Pearson's need for victories prompted him to play an extra attacking midfielder in Riyad Mahrez, rather than bring in a direct replacement for injured centre-back Matthew Upson.

The result was a first-half display full of attacking vigour, but marked by defensive vulnerability. Leicester's decision to bring on Marc Albrighton for Mahrez at half-time did at least reduce the threat that Aaron Cresswell had been providing down the West Ham left, although both teams continued to create openings in a terrific match.

The hosts should have been two goals up inside the first 15 minutes of a breathless contest, yet could have been behind by the break.

Cambiasso's strike gave them the ideal start, as he steered a shot into the corner after Nugent's attempted pass had bounced off the back of defender James Collins.

Within moments, Hammers full-back Carl Jenkinson conceded a penalty with a mistimed sliding challenge on Leonardo Ulloa, but keeper Adrian - who looked to have come off his line early - dived to his left to save Nugent's spot-kick.

The visitors had several chances to equalise before they did, eventually scoring when Jeffrey Schlupp got underneath Alex Song's diagonal ball in, leaving Kouyate unmarked to control and finish at the far post.

Pearson's high five
Leicester have scored five goals in their last two Premier League matches - as many as they had managed in their previous eight.

The final 25 minutes brought a glut of opportunities at both ends, with Leicester substitute Jamie Vardy passing up three in quick succession.

West Ham rode that spell of pressure to create several good openings of their own, the best of which ended with Kouyate hitting the post after being set up by Diafra Sakho.

Kasper Schmeichel made a terrific flying save to tip over Downing's deflected shot, and Jenkinson headed Morgan Amalfitano's cross straight at the Leicester keeper.

But in a gripping finish, Andrej Kramaric had a shot cleared off the line moments before fellow substitute King scrambled in a winner to Pearson's delight.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "In the first half, we got off to a good start and missed a penalty - and I think the players had a moment of doubting themselves.

"That allowed West Ham to have a dominant spell. But in the second half, we did a good job of taking the initiative again, and I think we deserved to win the game."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "I just can't believe we missed so many chances. When you're in control of the game, you have to take the chances when you get them.

"Against a team battling for survival such as Leicester, if you get the lead, it kills them. They start to think: 'Here we go again.' That's how ruthless you have to be. Because we didn't do that, it gave them the chance."

Adrian
Adrian's penalty save from David Nugent came less than three minutes after Esteban Cambiasso's opener
Cheikhou Kouyate
Cheikhou Kouyate had scored previously against Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham this season
Andy King
Andy King's last goal was on 1 April last year, away to Wigan
Nigel Pearson
Nigel Pearson's side face West Brom, Swansea and Burnley in their next three matches

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de LaetSubstituted forKingat 79'minutes
  • 14Huth
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Schlupp
  • 8James
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 45'minutes
  • 35Nugent
  • 9Vardy
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forKramaricat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10King
  • 11Albrighton
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 40Kramaric

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18JenkinsonBooked at 14mins
  • 19Collins
  • 2ReidBooked at 53mins
  • 3CresswellBooked at 85mins
  • 16Noble
  • 30SongSubstituted forde Carvalhoat 88'minutes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11Downing
  • 4NolanSubstituted forAmalfitanoat 65'minutes
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forColeat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 17O'Brien
  • 20Demel
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
31,863

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, West Ham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, West Ham United 1.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United).

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Nenê with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Carlton Cole (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Nenê replaces Alexandre Song.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 2, West Ham United 1. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt saved. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a cross.

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Diafra Sakho.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Ritchie de Laet.

Offside, Leicester City. Wes Morgan tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Winston Reid.

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt missed. Alexandre Song (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble.

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Diafra Sakho.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andrej Kramaric replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diafra Sakho following a fast break.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adrián.

goal

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