A late goal from Andy King gave Leicester City only its fourth win of the English Premier League season after defeating West Ham United 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. Leicester went into the match knowing nothing but a win would do if it wanted to retain its Premier League status. The hosts got off to the perfect start as a spectacular strike from Esteban Cambiasso from the edge of the box handed them a 12th minute lead.
The Foxes should have doubled their lead minutes later as they were awarded a penalty when Carl Jenkinson brought down Leonardo Ulloa in the box, but Adrian guessed correctly to save David Nugent’s penalty. The Hammers piled on the pressure and it paid off in the 32nd minute as a wonderful pass from Alex Song found Cheikhou Kouyate unmarked at the far post and the midfielder struck it past Kasper Schmeichel to level matters. Sam Allardyce’s men were in the ascendancy and dominated possession but couldn’t make it count as it remained 1-1 heading into the break in an end-to-end half.
The second half was as open as the first, with the visitors’ best chance coming in the 74th minute as Kouyate’s shot from close range hit the post. Nigel Pearson’s side threw everything forward in the dying minutes in search of the winner and were rewarded as a 86th minute goal from substitute King gave Pearson’s men the crucial three points. The win keeps the Foxes hopes of Premier League survival alive despite still being at the bottom of the table with eight matches left to play.