Classic match

West Ham United 4-3 Leicester City
Premier League
10 May 1998

The Hammers closed the 1997/98 season with a mid-table battle against Martin O'Neill's Leicester City.

Neither team had much to play for, but that was not apparent in the way the game was approached, with plenty to entertain the 25,781 Boleyn Ground crowd.

West Ham were in a rich vein of goalscoring form, having drawn 3-3 at Crystal Palace in their previous match, and it did not take them long to get off the mark this time, with Frank Lampard's15th minute strike opening the scoring.

Samassi Abou made it two on 31 minutes to give West Ham a position of strength before the break.

Leicester pulled one back on 59 through former Hammer Tony Cottee, but it was soon 3-1 thanks to Trevor Sinclair.

The drama continued and the Foxes again closed the deficit thanks to Emile Heskey, before the hosts could relax again due to Abou's second of the game.

Cottee struck again with seven minutes to go, but West Ham had done enough to secure a thrilling victory which gave them an eighth-place finish.

Complete record - 10 May

1998 West Ham United 4-3 Leicester City (Premier League)
1995 West Ham United 3-0 Liverpool (Premier League)
1983 West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal (Division One)
1982 West Ham United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Division One)

Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Scored 10, Conceded 8

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