Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United

The Hammers were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in a 2-1 defeat away at Leicester City
Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United 

West Ham United fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Leicester City as the Hammers were knocked out of the Capital One Cup.

In a highly exciting and frantic match, the Foxes secured the win in extra-time thanks to a late headed goal by Captain Andy King.

The hosts initially took the lead after just six minutes as Joe Dodoo fired home from the edge of the box. However the Hammers were not behind for long as Mauro Zarate netted a fine equaliser on 27 minutes.

With chances aplenty for both sides, the Foxes enjoyed the lions’ share of attempts and eventually made their dominance count with four minutes of extra time remaining.

Slaven Bilic made three changes to the team that beat Manchester City on Saturday. In came James Collins, Mauro Zarate and Andy Carroll, a welcome first start since February, replacing Winston Reid, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho.

However it was Claudio Ranieri’s decision to change ten of the personnel who drew away at Stoke City that made the first impact as Joe Dodoo slotted calmly past Adrian – his fourth goal in the Capital One Cup already.

The hosts continued to press and Andrej Kramaric really should have doubled their lead, he did superbly to bamboozle the West Ham defence however his chipped effort was tame.

In a remarkably open game, the Hammers got themselves back into the tie with a fine strike from Mauro Zarate. The Argentinian linked well with fellow countrymen Manuel Lanzini before unleashing a fierce drive. It took a slight deflection but the Irons were not about to complain. 1-1, game on.

Buoyed from his first goal in Claret and Blue on Saturday, Victor Moses continued to impress. He was a willing runner all evening, he won a free-kick on the edge of box which Cresswell curled menacingly however Mark Schwarzer palmed it down with Carroll lurking with intent.

The second period began much in the same manner as Leicester started the brighter yet the Hammers grew into it.

Andy King forced an excellent save from Adrian while Lanzini and Moses were constant menaces. The Nigerian winger had a strong claim for a penalty turned down while Lanzini went agonizingly close to setting up Carroll.  

Lanzini, once again, proved the instigator as he started a succession of one-two passes with Payet and then Zarate. The move was begging to be finished but Leicester cleared there lines in the nick of time.
Despite both team’s both efforts, and tiring legs, neither side could force a winner in the normal 90 minutes so extra-time ensued.

As the tension and excitement mounted, Leicester’s fresher legs started to pay off. However Adrian was at his magnificent, scintillating best. He saved everything that the Foxes threw at him; including a one-on-one with Riyad Mahrez he had almost no hope of saving.

Yet the Spaniard had other ideas and he kept his side in the tie.  The Foxes continually knocked on the door yet somehow they struggled to make their dominance count.

With five minutes to go, the Hammers had their best chance of extra-time. Kouyate took it from the touchline to the six-yard box and pulled it back to Noble whose shot flew narrowly over.

Just as it looked like penalties would decide matters, Leicester captain Andy King guided Fuchs’ cross back past Adrian with a cushioned header.

The King Power roared in unison, meanwhile the Hammers will have to pick themselves up quickly as they face Norwich City on Saturday 26 September.

Leicester City: Schwarzer, King ©, Albrighton (Schlupp 67), Simpson, Kramaric (Mahrez 82), Ulloa, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Benalouane, Inler, Dodoo (Kante 82)

Subs: Schmeichel, de Laet, Chilwell, Blyth

Bookings: Fuchs, Simpson, Schlupp, Wasilewski

Goals: Dodoo 6, King 116

West Ham United: Adrian, Cresswell, Tomkins, Carroll (Payet 62), Zarate (Kouyate 76), Jenkinson, Obiang (Reid 113), Noble ©, Collins, Moses, Lanzini

Subs: Randolph, Oxford, Lee, Cullen

Bookings: Zarate, Obiang, Noble

Goals: Zarate 27

Referee: Peter Bankes