Vardy steers Leicester to 1st away win of PL title defense
Ralph Mccoy | March 19, 2017, 0:41
Finally the Premier League champions will attempt to make it four wins out of four under Craig Shakesperare, as they take on West Ham. "I think we have to give West Ham credit because they pinned us back".
West Ham soon got themselves a lifeline through a fine Manuel Lanzini free-kick, though Leicester re-established a two-goal lead late in the first half through Jamie Vardy.
But they can not let things get to their heads with the Foxes still only three points above the drop zone in 15th position despite the recent run of results.
Less than two minutes later, it was 2-0 to the visitors as Robert Huth headed an excellent Marc Albrighton cross into the back of the net after a clever free kick from the Foxes had caught West Ham short.
The Hammers board called on Bilic and his squad to improve results in a bid for a top-half finish after their 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend.
Bilic has been dealt a blow ahead of the fixture as captain Mark Noble has been ruled out with a dead leg.
Unsurprisingly, West Ham have won just one of their five games with Kouyate deployed as a right-back, and not kept a single clean sheet.
Kasper Schmeichel was at his very best to make a vital late save, while an terrible Ayew miss let Leicester off the hook and saw the match slip away from West Ham.
Leicester are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions against West Ham, winning four and drawing one.
"There is no secret, just hard work, endeavour and resilience, and we showed that today", he said.
But Bilic reckons Leicester's fairytale run has papered over the fact that English clubs have flopped in Europe once again, with Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal all crashing out early.
Premier League leaders Chelsea will play Stoke, while Sunderland host mid-table Burnley.
The home side pushed men forward late in search of the equalizer and had some excellent chances as Schmeichel stopped Carroll from close range twice in the final 15 minutes to assure his side claimed all three points.
However, Leicester haven't scored the first goal in any of their 13 Premier League away games this season - the only side not to do this.
Since manager Claudio Ranieri's firing, the Premier League champions have reeled off three successive victories to move six points clear of the relegation zone and sealed a first-ever place in the Champions League quarterfinals.