Vardy steers Leicester to 1st away win of PL title defense

Vardy steers Leicester to 1st away win of PL title defense

Manuel Lanzini pulled one back with a fine free-kick, before Jamie Vardy restored Leicester's two-goal advantage just before the break.

Their decision to slow the pace of the game only seemed to stifle their own creativity and invite West Ham back into the contest.

Kasper Schmeichel was at his very best to make a vital late save, while an terrible Ayew miss let Leicester off the hook and saw the match slip away from West Ham. "I think we showed all them today aligned with some good footballers".

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West Ham United have lost as many games against Leicester in their last five (4), as they did in the previous 25 combined (all comps). We said once the Champions League draw was made let's concentrate on the Premier League. "Our last three results were not bad because of the previous results before these three, we are still in an OK position", he added.

Once we have got there then perhaps we can give a few of the youngsters a chance. "We needed something from today [Saturday], heading in to the worldwide break - we can recharge the batteries now".

Slaven Bilic's side will head into the match against Leicester on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth away from home at the Vitality Stadium in the league.

"I'm very disappointed and very frustrated", he said. "That save at the end from Andy Carroll was a fantastic save".

"We deserved something from the game".

"It's not hard - there are good memories and nice memories but that's what they are". In this league you can't afford to be 3-1 down and try to turn the game around.

"Then the last half an hour was probably our best of the season, but the ball just didn't want to go in".

West Ham's chances were not helped by injuries to Winston Reid and Michail Antonio during the match, with Bilic of the opinion that the latter will have to be withdrawn from the England squad due to his hamstring problem.

And it nearly brought about a fourth goal just before the hour - Shinji Okazaki pouncing on a loose ball before feeding Vardy through on goal, only for the England striker to slice wide under pressure from Darren Randolph. We have to assess them next couple of days.

The Hammers captain has picked up a muscle strain and is expected to be on the sidelines for a number of weeks before potentially returning to first-team action after the worldwide break.