Monday 22 Apr
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Pellegrini: There were lots of positives in Leicester draw

Manuel Pellegrini

Harvey Barnes' last-gasp equaliser for Leicester City on Saturday may have extended West Ham United's winless run to a fourth game, but for manager Manuel Pellegrini there were still plenty of positives to take.

For the second week in a row he saw his team be denied maximum reward for an encouraging performance, following on from the previous Saturday's narrow loss at Manchester United.

Against Leicester, they were even closer to getting all three points, leading 2-1 going into stoppage time thanks to goals from Michail Antonio and Lucas Perez.

Indeed, had a tight offside call gone their way, Lucas Perez would have made it 3-1 and sealed victory, so Pellegrini was again left frustrated at a marginal decision.

"There are a lot of positive things," he said. "The team played well again, we dominated from the beginning, Leicester have a good squad with dangerous players and they did not create chances in the first 45 minutes.

"We made an important mistake for the second goal - there was too much space when we were defending in minute 93, so that allowed them to draw the game. "But for most part of the game we played well.

"Unfortunately for us we lost five points in the last two games and maybe if we had those points, which we would have deserved, we’d have been fighting for seventh place in the table.

"When you have two games in a row with such big mistakes it’s difficult to understand and accept."