Leicester City end 11-month away win Drought

Mar 19, 2017, 00:40

Their decision to slow the pace of the game only seemed to stifle their own creativity and invite West Ham back into the contest.

Leicester opened the scoring in unorthodox fashion as Riyad Mahrez whipped a low cross into the area from the right flank, but the ball missed everyone in the box and settled nicely into the side netting past West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph to give the visitors the lead.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: "There is no secret, just hard work, endeavour and resilience, and we showed that".

Alistair Mann: "Thoughts of Atletico Madrid will somehow have to be discarded as Leicester have four demanding league fixtures before they can once again indulge in a little fantasy football".

But it was The Foxes' Jamie Vardy who was included in the latest England squad, announced on Thursday, alongside veteran Jermain Defoe and youngster Marcus Rashford, although he has only found the back of the net twice in his last nine Premier League appearances.

Several first-team regulars have also come under fire for their recent performances, including captain Mark Noble, with fans calling for him to be axed on Twitter.

West Ham's situation was made even worse by Winston Reid's forced withdrawal with a suspected thigh problem in the 18th minute.

Kasper Schmeichel was at his very best to make a vital late save, while an terrible Ayew miss let Leicester off the hook and saw the match slip away from West Ham. Poor defending from the Hammers but Leicester won't care one bit!

Leicester are unbeaten in five league and cup matches against West Ham, winning four of them. "We will find out when we go back in after training", he said.

Premier League leaders Chelsea will play Stoke, while Sunderland host mid-table Burnley.

"You can talk about great character, great combinations and we had more than enough chances to turn the game around, not only to equalise, but at the end, there are no excuses for the start of the game".

However, Leicester haven't scored the first goal in any of their 13 Premier League away games this season - the only side not to do this.

Such was the euphoria surrounding their 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the last 16, their perilous position just three points above the Premier League relegation zone was forgotten, for a few hours at least.