Leicester City 2:1 West Ham United (a.e.t.)
Goals from Dodoo and King eventually sealed a League Cup win for City against a near-full strength West Ham side at the KPS on Tuesday night.
Although Claudio Ranieri made ten changes to the starting eleven that drew at Stoke it would be harsh to call them a weakened side. As at Bury, they passed the test and proved that City have great strength in depth, which should stand them in good stead this season.
City went ahead in the 6th minute, with Dodoo netting his fourth goal in two appearances. Obiangs’ clearance struck Kramarić and the ball fell nicely for Dodoo, whose measured shot gave Adrian no chance.
In what was already an end to end game Moses and Tomkins went close for the the visitors, before City should have gone further ahead. Kramarić left Collins for dead with a superb piece of skill, but then his attempted lob of keeper Adrian ended up dropping tamely into his hands.
Instead, it was the Hammers who found the net in the 26th minute when Zarate’s shot from the edge of the area took a big deflection off Wasilewski to beat Schwarzer.
Although Dodoo went close just before the break, the sides went in all-square.
As City went in search of a winner in the second half the chances mounted up. Albrighton had an effort blocked by Adrian’s legs; and then King saw his shot blocked. Adrain was having a fine game and was equal to both a well-placed Ulloa header and a Fuchs free-klick.
Although Schlupp, Mahrez and Kante were introduced into the action City couldn’t get the reward their play deserved and after 90 minutes the teams were still deadlocked.
The chances for City continued to mount up in the first half of extra-time. Benalouane had the first effort, before Schlupp was then denied by Adrian in a one-on-one.
Ulloa then performed an excellent turn and shot, but just cleared the bar.
It looked as though City must surely go ahead at the end of the first period of extra time as Mahrez robbed Tomkins and raced clear, but Adrian again managed a fantastic block.
West Ham then had a big appeal for a spot-kick turned down when Simpson brought Noble down in the area. To add insult to injury an enraged Noble was given a yellow card for diving.
In the second period of extra time Adrian got down superbly to save a well struck Schlupp effort and thoughts began to turn to a penalty shoot-out. Would this be the only way to get past Adrian?
But with four minutes remaining, City finally managed to beat the Spanish keeper.
Fuchs delivered a fine cross from the left and King’s precise header saw the ball sailing beyond Adrian’s reach and into the net to spark wild celebrations.
City were into the fourth round of the League Cup, the unbeaten run continued, and several members of this side had made a strong claim to a first team place.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Fuchs, Dodoo (Kanté 82), King, Inler, Albrighton (Schlupp 67), Ulloa, Kramarić (Mahrez 82). Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, De Laet, Chilwell, Blyth.
West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Obiang (Reid 113), Noble, Lanzini, Moses, Carroll (Payet 64), Zarate (Kouyate 76). Subs Not Used: Randolph, Oxford, Lee, Cullen.
Referee: Peter Bankes. Attendance: 21,268 (2,263).
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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