Did we see the first real blip in Leicester’s inevitable title push? Or was it the most vital point earned with Leonardo Ulloa’s late penalty strike?
With the 2-2 draw against West Ham, Leicester have now stretched their lead at the top to 8 points. Tottenham travel away to Stoke for their game tomorrow night and if Spurs win then the gap will be cut to 5 points.
Leicester started the game against West Ham in a typical manner by soaking up the pressure and scoring on the counter attack. Jamie Vardy finished off a move involving Schmeichel, Mahrez, Kante with Vardy applying the finishing touches.
Second half saw Vardy get sent off for simulation and game turned in West Ham’s favor. Andy Carrol and Aaron Cresswell scored within couple of minutes to put West Ham ahead. Then came the 94th minute penalty which Ulloa netted home to end the game 2-2 at full time.
On the wake of a pulsating game at King Power Stadium, we take a look at key talking points and things learned from Leicester’s 2-2 draw vs West Ham.
Jamie Vardy was unlucky to be sent off
Jamie Vardy’s left foot was caught between Angelo Ogbonna’s legs and there was no way he could have pulled out of that tackle. Ref thought that Vardy was trying to outfox him, and looked to assert his decision on the game.
In the end, it turned out to be the match-defining moment as from there on, Leicester were hanging on for their lives and were lucky to come away with a draw.
Can luck get any worse for West Ham?
Speaking of bad luck, West Ham have been undone by a wrong call from the referee for the fourth game in a row. Slaven Bilic was less than pleased with Schullp getting the penalty in 94th minute and once again Hammers had to surrender 2 points from a winning situation.
Jon Moss ruined a great spectacle
Tonight’s game had the potential to be a cracking one but it was unfortunately ruined by four poor decision from Jon Moss. Vardy’s sending off, Reid’s penalty, Huth not getting a penalty and then Schlupp winning the penalty were awful decisions which in the end ruined the game.
Will Vardy and Huth learn their lesson?
Jamie Vardy will be relieved to see Ulloa tucking in that penalty and saving his side from losing all 3 points tonight. From now on, Vardy will not even think of going down easily and as for Robert Huth, he will maintain his distance from the opposing players.
It was Huth’s initial grabbing and pulling of Reid in the penalty box which caught ref’s attention and he reacted by punishing Wes Morgan’s foul on Winston Reid. Huth would be mindful that he does not want a reputation going in to the final few weeks of the season which might bring further trouble for his team.
Did Bilic falter in his team selection?
When I looked at West Ham’s team selection, I was surprised to see Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll not starting the game tonight. Slaven Bilic may have been looked to start with those two and attack Leicester from the outset.
In the end, West Ham had to settle for a draw which now has all but ended their hopes of finishing in the top-4 this season.
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