West Ham United 2:0 Leicester City
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side against an in-form West Ham and Sam Allardyce’s side applied some early pressure.
Sakho went close in the 6th minute, but then City had a decent spell of their own with Schlupp and Vardy causing the Hammers defence some problems. Carroll should have put the home side ahead in the 23rd minute but wasted a chance after being well teed up by Downing.
However, a minute later he was given a gift-wrapped Christmas present from Konchesky. The City left back set him up perfectly with a careless back-pass and he beat the advancing Hamer with a neat finish.
City kept at it and Mahrez forced a good save from Adrian, but the only other statistic up to the break was a booking for Vardy after a foul on Song.
Eleven minutes after the break it was all over as Downing produced a fantasic finish that gave Hamer no chance.
Pearson responded with a triple substitution, bringing on Ulloa, Knockaert and Nugent for Konchesky, Cambiasso and Vardy, but by now they were struggling to get a touch of the ball as the Hammers had their tails up.
Nugent provided one decent piece of play when a couple of feints took him past two defenders, but he fluffed his shot.
West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins (Collins 69), Cresswell, Kouyate, Nolan (Amalfitano 86), Song, Downing, Sakho (Valencia 79), Carroll. Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Zarate, O’Brien, Cole.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky (Knockaert 61), Cambiasso (Ulloa 61), Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp; Vardy (Nugent 61). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, James, Smith. Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 34,977.
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