Saturday 16 December 2017

Leicester strike late to keep hopes alive


Andy King celebrates after scoring Leicester City's second goal against West Ham United
Andy King celebrates after scoring Leicester City's second goal against West Ham United
West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate and tries to get away from Robert Huth of Leicester City
Leicester City's Ritchie De Laet is tracked by Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham
Cheikhou Kouyate scores for West Ham against Leicester City


Barely five minutes remained of a flawed but frantically entertaining encounter when sub Andy King, a Leicester stalwart if ever there was one, was in the right place at the right time to turn the ball past Hammers goalkeeper Adrián inside the six-yard box.

It was the latest in a series of chances created by both sides in the final quarter, and only a few minutes earlier the Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté has rolled a shot against the inside of City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's right-hand post when it looked easier to score.

Leicester bristled with positivity from the second minute, when Jamie Vardy's cut-back gave Leo Ulloa a sight of goal, but from outside the area, the Argentinian shot over the bar.

Ten minutes later however, Esteban Cambiasso showed his compatriot how to do it. The deflection off James Collins that lead to the ball sitting up nicely for the veteran midfielder may have been fortunate, but the calm volley steered past Adrián from 20 yards oozed class.

It should have been two three minutes later, when Carl Jenkinson brought down Ulloa with a crudely mistimed tackle inside the Hammers penalty area. David Nugent stepped up, but Adrian dived to his left to push the spot-kick away.

Gradually, West Ham were getting on top and slightly after the half hour, they deservedly equalised. Jeff Schlupp, criminally, allowed Alex Song's pass the drop over his head on the right of the City penalty area, and Kouyaté, coming in behind him, controlled and shot low and firmly beyond Schmeichel.

There were chances at both ends in the second half before King popped up to win it for Leicester and lift them to within four points of safety.

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