Dawson saves Hammers at the death

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Leicester City v West Ham United – Premier League – King Power Stadium – Report

Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United

Craig Dawson’s stoppage-time header salvaged a share of the Premier League spoils for West Ham United at the King Power Stadium, enhancing the East Londoners chances of a top-four finish to the campaign.

With Manchester United and Tottenham dropping points, David Moyes’ team needed to claim something against a Leicester City side that has somewhat slipped from grace of late.

Another twist in the Kurt Zouma controversy arrived ahead of kick-off. The French defender withdrew from the starting line-up after complaining of feeling ill during the warm-up. However, the Hammers appeared to be on course for three points when leading marksman, Jarrod Bowen fired them ahead, driving low beyond Kasper Schmeichel in the tenth minute.

West Ham appeared relatively comfortable, but their advantage was wiped out on the stroke of half-time when Aaron Cresswell handled, providing Youri Tielemans with the opportunity to drill home the resulting spot-kick.

Leicester went for broke after the restart, and took teh lead shortly before the hour when Ricardo Pereira nodded home after Harvey Barnes had centred.

But Dawson saved the day, meeting Bowen’s flag-kick with a looping header to snatch a point and preserve fourth place.

“I hope it is a really valuable point.,” boss, Moyes explained.

“The performance started okay. For 20 or 30 minutes we did okay but we did not keep it up and I felt we gave Leicester a bit of a lift with our poor decisions, passing and choices of passes which led to a couple of corner kicks and giving them a chance to put some pressure. I felt in the main we were dealing with it quite well at that time.”

Moyes added: “We are playing a team who have won the FA Cup and who have not long been league champions. 

“I think Leicester have been an unbelievable side and have some great players in their team so I do not think it is a bad result, we beat Leicester at home and taken a point at Leicester so for us to take a return like that from Leicester is a really good points return. 

“Would we like more? Of course, we would of we want to do everything to kick on and do everything that everybody wants us to keep up near the top four but already we are doing well and the players are doing a great job and staying with it and we are going to try and squeeze every last drop out of them and we need to improve upon our form.”

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday, February 19 when Newcastle United visit the London Stadium (12:30pm).

Leicester City: Schmeichel (Capt), Pereira, Söyüncü, Amartey, Justin (Thomas 31′), Tielemans (Vestergaard 89′), Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Maddison (Lookman 73′), Daka Subs not used: Ward (GK), Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Choudhury, Mendy

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal (Fredericks 67′), Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice (Capt), Souček, Fornals (Vlašić 79′), Lanzini (Benrahma 79′), Bowen, Antonio Subs not used: Areola (GK), Randolph (GK), Johnson, Noble, Král, Yarmolenko

Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR: Chris Kavanagh

Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

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