West Ham 2, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Brendan Rodgers made two changes to the line up that was defeated at home to Newcastle, giving Marc Albrighton a starting position and also dropping captain Wes Morgan and chipping in Jonny Evans.

Nothing dramatic about that, but in a way no need for it either, so the first half became a bit boring and with a great sunny day in East London, difficult to get the pace needed to create top chances.

West Ham were the better team and managed to pressure Leicester with a few attempts and when Carl Noble found Antonio with a great pass and the tall and well build forward jumped out Ben Chilwell, it was no chance for Kasper Schmeichel to save the great placed header.

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Brendan Rodgers must have said the right words in the dressing room as Leicester came out a different team in the 2nd half, going a bit more forward and pushing for the equalizer.

A fantastic pass from Ben Chilwell found Jamie Vardy inside the penalty box after 67 minutes and Leicester were equal. What a strike from Vardy, and how well makes his run towards goal as the ball comes in, and with a perfect touch find the net.

Leicester are equal and pushing for more, but missing the ball in the last attempt and getting counter attacked is never good. James Maddison has a job to do, often losing that vital ball in areas that makes the team looks fragile and just falling apart.

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Another player that needs to improve that part of his game is Ricardo Pereira, often also exposing the team with either foolish passes or getting caught by the opposition, making dangerous dribbles inside your own half. Wilfred Ndidi could also pass the ball faster at times.

West Ham came back and scored a goal from a distant shot, hitting the post and Lucas Perez was fast into hit the ball into the net when the ball came back. No Leicester City defenders were thinking in that way and had no chance to stop Perez.

Leicester never gave up, and a few minutes into stoppage time a perfect pass from Youri Tielemans found Harvey Barnes. A great run and perfectly placed shot finalised the result. Great to see Harvey getting his goal, after so many failed attempts.

A vital point and a great way to come back from a sloppy and lost game at home to Newcastle, but still there are things to improve for Brendan Rodgers, and hopefully that 7 place will be fetched in the end, securing a definitive place in Europe.

  • Positives:
    • Albrighton getting a start, despite not really being fit to start
    • Vardy, what a finisher, great goal
    • Harvey Barnes scoring, should start all games until the end of the season
    • Coming back twice
    • Scoring two goals away from home, getting a draw and showing good attitude
  • Negatives:
    • Sloppy at times, losing the ball in vital areas
    • Not really a finished article this team, falling apart at times
    • Demarai Gray not really being able to contribute much
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 6, Evans 6, Maguire 6, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 6, Albrighton 5, Vardy 7, Maddison 6, Gray 5, Subs: Iheanacho, Mendy, Barnes

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 51 / 49
  • Corners: 6 / 8
  • Shots on target: 5 / 2
  • Shots wide: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 7 / 9
  • Offsides: 1 / 2

 

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