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West Ham Utd 1-1 Leicester City

Filed: Friday, 24th November 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham produced a much-improved performance both on and off the field - but still had to settle for a point against the Foxes.

Despite dominating the game - especially the second half, in which goalkeeper Joe Hart was barely called into action - David Moyes' side had to be content with a share of the spoils.

Hammers fans had preceded the game with a series of noisy anti-Board demonstrations outside the stadium, but were soon quietened once inside when Leicester opened the scoring with only seven minutes on the clock.

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Jamie Vardy took advantage of too much space on West Ham's right and centred for Mark Albrighton, who placed his shot in the right-hand corner of Joe Hart's net having been granted the opportunity by Angelo Ogbonna's missed interception.

However West Ham were to level moments ahead of the half-time interval, when a set-piece paid off and Cheikhou Kouyate nodded home from close range to score United's first first half goal at Stratford this season.

West Ham could count themselves slightly fortuitous to go into the break on level terms, as a result of referee Martin Atkinson failing to spot a fairly clear push by Arthur Masuaku on Marc Albrighton midway through the half with the Foxes leading 1-0.

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However the referee was spot on during the second half when substitute Andre Ayew appeared to be sent tumbling by a Harry Maguire challenge - only for TV replays to confirm that the Ghanaian international made a meal of the challenge.

Thereafter West Ham were the dominant side, without really seriously testing City. Moyes' charges mustered a total of just four shots on target from eight shots overall in the 90 minutes despite largely dominating.

The point leaves West Ham in the relegation zone, with a total of 10 point from 13 games played.

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West Ham Utd: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid (c), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Kouyate, Arnautovic (Ayew 69), Lanzini, Masuaku (Sakho 90+2), Carroll.

Subs not used: Adrian, Noble, Fernandes, Quina, Rice.

Goals: Kouyate (45).

Booked: Ayew.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Mahrez (Chilwell 70), Gray (Slimani 90+1), Vardy.

Subs not used: Hamer, Iheanacho, King, Dragovic, Okazaki.

Goals: Albrighton (8).

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

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