West Ham 3 - 2 Leicester: Hammers Still Entertain Despite Big Sam

West Ham and Leicester served up a great game between one wannabe England manager and yet another team which had handed Sven a P45
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West Ham and Leicester served up a great game between one wannabe England manager and yet another team which had handed Sven a P45

Entertaining but chaotic, the traditions of West Ham continue despite the presence of Big Sam. West Ham came into the match looking to sure up their presence in the automatic playoff positions with Leicester looking for a response after the (certainly expensive) departure of Sven as manager.

West Ham opened well, dominating the first 20 minutes of the game. Their opener came from a Mark Noble move, who when not giving away stupid fouls has a good range of passing in the final third. He passed it to Carew who gracefully chipped it for the youngster Sam Baldock to head in. Baldock has been in good form since his move from MK Dons getting his 3rd and 4th of the season in 7 games.

Entertaining but chaotic, the traditions of West Ham continue despite the presence of Big Sam

Things got worst for the Leicester when Julian Faubert decided to remember something from his Real Madrid days and and hammer one in. Hitting it in from 20 yards out after having not scored in almost 2 years for the Hammers, no one at the Boleyn Ground, including Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel thought it had a chance of going in.

Leicester almost struck back towards the end of the half with Jermaine Beckford drawing a good save from Robert Green. Green really does seem to have found his level in the Championship and had a good game today.

Frederic Piquionne then almost added a third for the Hammers after an excellent run but waited too long and was dispossessed outside the box.

Leicester got one back after the restart with former West Ham player Paul Konchesky setting up Andy King to give Leicester a chance with 30 minutes to go. Green had little chance after the West Ham defence lapsed into old habits and failed to mark King.

Kasper Schmeichel then pulled off a great save to deny Baldock from six yards keeping Leicester in the game.

However it wasn't to be when Baldock grabbed his second for the Hammers, running through at goal to score his fourth for the season. Leicester almost came back straight back into it with King scoring again to set up a nervy finish for the Hammers.

West Ham then did what they failed to do all season, closing the game out whilst ahead. Allardyce made tactical changes, something Avram Grant was allergic to, bringing Baldock off to receive his justified applause from the crowd and throwing on Freddie Sears to help out in the midfield.

The result leaves West Ham still in second behind Southampton who remain top after a good result against Middlesbrough. Leicester's temporary managers didn't get an easy game to start and their team fell further off the automatic play-off places.

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