Leicester City 1:2 West Ham United
City’s hugely disappointing 2011-12 season signed off at the KPS on Monday night, in unseasonal end-of-season weather, and with a defeat to promotion-chasing West Ham…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with King in for Dyer, but the City winger was soon back in action, replacing the injured Wellens after just 20 minutes.
He was soon motoring down the left, beating his marker for pace before delivering a corner that was headed wide by Beckford.
This was after Vaz Te and Cole had both gone close to piercing City’s defence.
City then delievered a blow to West Ham’s promotion hopes in the 34th minute when Marshall’s cross from the right saw a slackly marked Beckford rise to nod home.
Sadly City’s lead only lasted five minutes. Taylor’s low cross from the left found Reid who tucked it home unopposed from three yards out.
It almost got worse for City with Tomkins sending a header inches wide just before the break.
West Ham upped their game in the second half, after City brought St ledger on for King and pushed Bamba forward.
In the 56th minute Noble went close with a shot on the turn, and then West Ham took the lead two minutes later. St Ledger blocked O’Neill’s shot but Collison lashed home the rebound giving Scmeichel no chance.
West Ham, in desperate need of a win to stay on Southampton’s heels, were in no mood to surrender their precious lead and City rarely threatened in the remaining half hour, despite the introduction of Waghorn for a tired looking Nugent.
West Ham take their fight for an automatic spot to the final week of the season while City were left to reflect on their inability to consistently blend as a team. This was then put into perspective as news broke of a personal tragedy suffered by Paul Gallagher and his wife Hayley… our thoughts are with them.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, Bamba, Konchesky, Wellens (Dyer 22), Drinkwater, Marshall, King (St Ledger 46), Nugent (Waghorn 65), Beckford. Unused Subs: Howard, Vassell.
West Ham: Green, Demel (Faubert 76), Tomkins, Reid, Taylor, Collison (Lansbury 88), O’Neill, Noble, Nolan, Vaz Te, Cole (Collins 81). Unused Subs: Baldock, Bouba-Diop.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 23,172.