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Leicester City 2-1 West Ham Utd (aet)


Filed: Wednesday, 23rd September 2015
By: Staff Writer


West Ham are out of the Capital One Cup at the first attempt after falling to Andy King's late late winner.

Slaven Bilic's team suffered a second defeat against Leicester within the space of a month at the King Power Stadium tonight when goalkeeper Adrian was finally beaten three minutes from the end of extra time in what was essentially a 'next-goal-wins' scenario.

Once again the game ended in a 2-1 defeat for West Ham, who were denied the chance to win the tie in normal time when Mark Noble was booked for diving despite being felled in the penalty area by a clumsy lunge from a Foxes defender.

The home side, who were without key striker Jamie Vardy (rested) took the lead through Joe Dodoo after just six minutes. Pedro Obiang's attempted clearance cannoned back off a Leicester striker into the path of the youngster, who steered the ball beyond West Ham's goalkeeper Adrian.

But West Ham drew level just ahead of the half-hour mark when Manuel Lanzini found his compatriot Mauro Zarate on the edge of the box. A clever turn by the striker provided him the space to shoot and he left Mark Schwarzer grasping at thin air with a finely-placed effort into the corner - albeit via a notable deflection off Marcin Wasilewski.

West Ham ended the second half in similar style to the first but crucially, failed to find the goal to end the tie in normal time. Like Noble, Victor Moses could also have been awarded a penalty for the same challenge on another night - but it wasn't to be.

Adrian - who had made three crucial saves in the opening 90 minutes - found himself under a deluge - in similar circumstances to the second half at The Etihad last weekend - once extra time commenced.

The Foxes battered a weary West Ham team for the entire 30 minutes of additional time and the only surprise was that it took them so long to score.

Adrian, inspirational and key to ensuring West Ham remained in the tie for so long had performed heroics, but he was finally (unjustly?) beaten with only three minutes remaining before a penalty shooutout would have been required.

Christian Fuchs, who was one of several Leicester players to take full advantage of West Ham's tiredness in extra time clipped a ball into the centre. Met by a glancing header from King, it looped over the Spanish 'keeper and into the far corner of his net. Game over.

For Slaven Bilic it was a disappointing and abrupt end to a tournament he felt the club had the potential to do well in. We are very disappointed because we approached this competition with the aim to win, " he said.

"They started better than us but then after that, for the normal 90 minutes, we were a bit better than them. But in extra time we started to get tired and when you concede a goal with four minutes left, you are very disappointed."





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