West Ham v Leicester ratings 3/18/17

West Ham 2 – 3 Leicester

West Ham Ratings

GK Rudolph 7 – Had no chance in the goals he conceded.  Made a brilliant save on Slimani when Leicester did a late counter.

RB Bryan 5 – Did not play well.  Mahrez pulled the stings all game long.

CB Fonte 6 – Quiet performance.

CB Reid N/A – left in the 18th minute on what appeared to be a non contact injury.

LB Cresswell 7 – Played fairly well before being subbed out.  Kept Albrighton in check for most of the contest.

MF Kouyate 6 – Quiet performance.  Was kept in check by the Leicester midfield.

MF Obiang 6 – Committed a turnover that led to Leicester first goal.  Was subbed out due to injury in the 66th minute.

MF Ayew – 8 – Played very well.  Scored West Ham second goal from a corner kick.  Gave problems to Leicester whenever West Ham went for a corner kick.

MF Lanzini – 8 – Scored West Ham first goal on a direct free kick that there was nothing that LCFC could do about.

FW Antonio – 7 – Drew the foul that set up the free kick goal by Lanzini.

FW Carroll – 8 – Got robbed by the Leicester goalkeeper on several occasions in the second half.  Would have scored on a different day.  Had a goal disallowed by an offsides call.  Had an assist on the second goal.

SUBS

CB Snodgrass (on 18) – 8 – Played fairly well winning the majority of challenges.  His corner kick and free kick deliveries were flawless and one of them led to a goal.

MF Fernandes (on 66) – 6 – Not enough time to make an impact.  Only had one chance late and that was saved.

LB Masuaku (on 73) – N/A – On for Cresswell but did not have enough time to make an impact.  Had 1 key pass late on but the ensuing shot was saved.

Leicester Ratings

GK Schmeichel – 9 – Had no chance in the two goals that were conceded.  Made several important saves down the stretch when it was clear that West Ham were the better team, including robbing Carroll at point blank range at least twice.

RB Simpson – 5 – Did not play well.  Inability to effectively pass and clear the ball, especially in the second half when it was clear that West Ham was the better team.  The West Ham wingers ran riot on Simpson.

CB Huth – 7 – Scored the second goal for Leicester.  Won the majority of the challenges even when West Ham was pouring on the pressure.

CB Benalouane – 7 – Gave West Ham some problems with the long range passing in the first half.  Was mostly quiet in the second half but won some key challenges late in the game.  Did not win the challenge that led to West Ham second goal but won the challenges that mattered the most.

LB Fuchs – 6 – Quiet performance – made no major errors in the match despite being dominated by the West Ham wingers.

RM Mahrez – 9 – Pulled the strings until getting subbed out in a late defensive minded change.  Had a goal, a key pass that led to the second goal, and an assist in the match.

MF Drinkwater – 6 – Conceded the free kick that led to West Ham first goal.  Took a needless booking in the second half.  Was kept in check by the West Ham midfield but made two late clearance passes to take the pressure off the LCFC defense.

MF Ndidi – 6- Quiet performance.  Was kept in check by the West Ham midfield but they did not do much against him, instead opting to attack on the wings.  His booking in the second half kept West Ham from quickly restarting the game.

LM Albrighton – 7 – Had an assist on the second goal.  Was kept in check by Cresswell for most of the match.  The corner kick late in the first half contributed to the third goal.

FW Okazaki – 7 – May have screened Rudolph that allowed the Mahrez cross to go in for the first goal.  Did not get on the scoresheet but gave the back four of West Ham a lot of problems.  Was subbed out in the 75th minute.

FW Vardy – 7 – Scored the third goal.  Gave the back four of West Ham problems but was gassed late in the game and subbed out in the 75th minute.

Subs

FW Musa (on 75) N/A – not enough time to make an impact.

FW Slimani (on 75) N/A – forced Randolph to make a save on a late counter attack but it was the only chance he had

LB Chilwell (on 85) N/A – late defensive minded sub.  Made a late clearance pass that started a counter attack chance.

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