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Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
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'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



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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

West Ham

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 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


  • 7Jarvis
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 17O'Brien
  • 20Demel
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamWest Ham
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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Nenê replaces Alexandre Song.

  11. 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.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

As It Stood

3Man Utd31188555282762
4Man City30187562283461
9West Ham31119114139242
12Crystal Palace3099123641-536
14West Brom3189142843-1533
16Aston Villa3177172042-2228
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