New low for Irons at Leicester

AdrianLeicester City 2 West Ham 1

A new low against a team who wanted it more and it might have been worse but for a sensational early spot kick save by Adrian.

Let’s get the brutal facts out of the way first: The hosts took the lead through Esteban Cambiasso after a dinked ball in bounced off the back of James Collins and the striker – who should have been closed down – moved forward to fire his team in front from 20 yards.

Two minutes later in the 14th, Jenkinson brought Ulloa down in the box but Adrian threw himself to his left to turn Nugent’s spot kick around the post  – brilliant but once again shocking defending.

The Hammers found a way back in the 32nd minute when Kouyate met Song’s ball into the box and after controlling it, fired into the bottom left hand corner.

The game was lost late on on the 86th minute via a scruffy goal from King who turned Vardy’s close range shot past Adrian..

Whilst we had been were controlled in possession and both Song and Downing looked on their game, we didn’t really possess a sharp edge although Sakho had been denied by keeper Schmeichel at the near post.

Kouyate had also been  unlucky when firing against the upright after sending in a shot which Schmeichel did well to turn away.

After that it was all cut and thrust and Cresswell was forced to make an unbelievable stop on the line just before the Leicester winner.

For all the huffing and puffing towards the end after we saw the usual late subs – Carlton Cole (79th) and Nene (88th) all was lost.

The attempted possession stuff was  well and good but the hosts – given their desperate position – always looked the hungrier and in the end their appetite for the game proved conclusive.

The horrible truth is that we failed to grab victory over a team which was incredibly vulnerable defensively and at times often offering us acres of space.

There’s not a single positive to take from this 90 minutes and where the Davids go from here isn’t exactly rocket science.

A serious low of epic proportions I’m afraid!


About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

13 comments on “New low for Irons at Leicester

  1. I wouldn’t necessarily say a new low just another poor performance. If we had a manager who actually tries to win a game instead of trying not to lose a defeat would be easier to stomach. You can argue all night about team selection, specifically Nolan, but if we had really given it a go today the other 10 should have been good enough to win.

  2. Last Leicester’s PL victory dates from 10 January against Aston Villa. The sophisticated dinosaur can also put this endeavour in his prestigious trophy case.
    Those who love the fatman don’t love football, I’m serious about this. Come on Sam’s lawyers, we anxiously await your closing statement.


  3. I think I am more relieved than angry. Now, if only our owners would show some courage and tell Sam to go home and start looking for another job, then put Teddy I charge and see if he can salve something from this disastrous second half of what had looked like being one of our best seasons in years until Sam got his two pets back and screwed the whole thing

  4. Incredible,i was listening to the game & one of the commentators said that leicester were defending like an open door.Pity we only had one forward on the pitch to go through this open door.I cant even think what we were doing with only one striker even with injuries.It is just Allardyces managemnt encapsulated in one game against the leagues bottom team.Sorry Allardyce fans but you need to start waking up to our predicament before we have another two seasons of this crap.

  5. Ofc,now you get people who come here whinging that this is an anti-sam site.No,the majority of us are just sick of his limited management ability.2 wins in 14,think most fans from any club would be fed up with that, given the squad we have whom have showed they can play great football WHEN given the chance

  6. Depressing – the Season is petering out without a whimper.

    Stoke next week – it could turn ugly!

  7. Very entertaining game.

    But as Hugh said, pointless late substitutions. Why did we even bother signing someone of Nene’s obvious talents to just leave him on the bench? We should have won this by three or more goals.

    Come on The Dave’s. Make the change. Based on this form we aren’t going to play our first season in the new ground in the Premier League. This cannot be allowed to continue.

  8. If the board give Allardyce a new two year contract they are crazy.People say all this bull about better the devil you know,really?.How can it be better to have this? On the basis that apparently Allardyce will bring us stability? What stability? For two seasons now 3/4 of it hqs lacked no stability.We have as much chance of going down with Allardyce than anyone new the way itnis going.The board could spend more of their own money this summer & stil be in the cart come this time next season.Im not looking to get into any pointless bun fight with pro sam fans but open your eyes & look at this last two seasons logically.We started well because the situation was out of Allardyces hand with his colonel & lieutenent out injured.Since then we are repeating all last seasons mistakes.Its deja vu just with some more quality players who are being schackled by Allardyces trophy free management skills.I despair i really do.

  9. Now not at the end of the season,send him on garden leave he has fatigue,
    We can’t wait for a change,we can get a new manager in the summer but we need change for the benfit of the club,
    The fans will not stand for this and when are voice has been heard players will not want to be at this club and that will be down to you 2 Daves,act now and unite the fans,

  10. not surprised Sam been going auto-pilot mode for some time gonna finish around middle of the table no relegation that all that matters to Sam

  11. First time post. I was not at the game and can only assume from what I have read is that we had chances and did not put them away. Playing with one striker ,keeping faith in Kevin Nolan ,talking down our chances before the game and late substitutions are Sam’s ideas of managing his side to achieve at best a draw away from home. The players, however should be good enough to score the goals so some of the blame has to fall on them. I also read the players looked tired in the second half…..unbelievable.

  12. It’s getting beyond a joke now it’s time for change
    I appreciate sam getting us back into the premier league, but we lack that fresh creative vibe.
    We play some good football, but alot of the time it is so predictable!
    Sams ideas in the game come far to little too late, and again predictable!

    We still need a bit more quality in the side also to be comfortable in the league. Going by our form since Xmas apart from a few unlucky results I’m still not convinced
    Sam, Carroll, Javis, Nolan, and Carlton Cole bless him. OUT!!!

    If these David’s do not bin SA I think it’s not only the manager who should be under the spotlight.

    Biesla or Howe if they are still names being mentioned for the job. Il take either!

  13. What astounds me is that if we had been playing like this at the start of the season everyone would have been more than fed up,about 12pts from a possible 15 matches.Relegation form.But because it has happened now people turn a blind eye to it & still call for Sams stability for next season before we move.It really is incredible.People watch us crumble since boxing day & are still content because Sam brings us something they call stability.Unbelievable!

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