West Ham 3, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Not the easiest away game on the map and would have grabbed a draw all day long if that had been possible, but to see Leicester so “out of their zone” early on, made this look like a nightmare and it was difficult to understand how again Brendan Rodgers juggles his team and system around.

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We did see a team picked to get both Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy in the team, but to see Marc Albrighton dropped and again giving a starting place to Daniel Amartey and Dennis Praet is a bit of a riddle, and as we did see early on, it didn’t work at all.

Jesse Lingard and Jarred Bowen are two players that you cannot leave on their own and they are very difficult to get a grip on, both being unpredictable and also on the move all the time, and it was no surprise that they were the two setting up one, two’s and scoring goals for fun this Sunday afternoon.

Despite having the ball more than West Ham, it was not much happening in front of Fabianski as his first half was a dull one, just looking at the sky, while Lingard and Bowen just hammered their team in front, against a very unsettled Leicester City team.

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Brendan Rodgers had again seen that his selection of players and system picked was not anywhere near his expectations and changing it all to a back four, giving Luke Thomas the last 45 minutes and he deliverd a good performance being part of a second half win 2-1.

West Ham had no intention of giving away anything and before anything really positive happened to Leicester City, it was Bowen who scored early on 2nd half and the game was in all lost with Hammers being 3-0 up after 48 minutes.

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But with their left back Aaron Cresswell limping off, and also Mark Noble feeling fatigue and later on substituted, Leicester came more and more into the game. The fact that Marc Albrighton was again used as an emergency act, and taking on a wide role replacing Dennis Praet, who again showed he is uncomfortable not really knowing were to play and just going around out there without a specific role or knowing really how he should settle in, pity to see such a good player used like this, it’s a pity, but with Albrighton, he just moves into his wide role and suddenly Leicester are a different team.

We had to wait until the 70th minute, but that goal was a clinical one from Kelechi Ihenacho and it settled some hope of getting something, and the push towards the end resulted in yet another Kelechi goal which must be a delight for him, as he just hammers on in front of goal.

Ricardo Pereira was also close with just the goalkeeper left to pass, but Fabianski managed to clear it and to see this positive end to the game was something to take on, but with almost everything lost early on, you just have to accept that to get anything was not possible, but good to get two goals, all days in the week it’s better with a 3-2 loss than a 3-0 loss, and to win 2nd half 2-1 is something to take on to the next game.

  • Positives
    • Kelechi Iheanacho scored two, great to see him grow
    • The possession was 64% to Leicester, so not outplayed over 90 minutes
    • Second half, and the push towards the end
    • Marc Albrighton showing his skills and why was he dropped? who knows
    • Luke Thomas getting positives out of his 2nd half performance
  • Negatives:
    • Daniel Amartey, he is not the best of players against this type of opponent
    • Dennis Praet, don’t play him if you don’t know how you will get the best out him
    • First half, terrible defensively, no chances offensively
    • Perez, Choudhury and Maddison being absent for non footballing reasons
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Castagne 6, Amartey 4, Evans 5, Fofana 5, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 6, Iheanacho 8, Vardy 5, Praet 3, Pereira 6 Subs: Albrighton 7, Thomas 6
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 36 / 64
  • Corners: 1 / 9
  • Shots on target: 4 / 4
  • Fouls: 7 / 13

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