Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Craig Dawson equalises in the 91st minute

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Leicester's Ricardo Pereira scores for Leicester City against West Ham in the Premier League
Ricardo Pereira got his first Premier League goal since scoring against West Ham on 22 January 2020

Craig Dawson’s injury-time header earned West Ham United a crucial point in the fight to finish in the top four just as Leicester City looked set to put their recent struggles behind them.

The first serious questions were being asked about manager Brendan Rodgers after the FA Cup fourth-round thrashing at Nottingham Forest was followed by defeat at Liverpool.

The Foxes made a slow start and were punished by Jarrod Bowen’s 10th-minute strike. But they were gifted a lifeline right at half-time when Aaron Cresswell needlessly handled James Maddison’s corner, Youri Tielemans drilling home the penalty.

Leicester were galvanised and further rewarded for their improvement when Ricardo Pereira headed home a Harvey Barnes cross after 57 minutes.

West Ham, without controversial defender Kurt Zouma after he felt unwell in the warm-up, had lost their way, but rescued the draw that keeps them a point ahead of Manchester United in fourth. Dawson rose highest to meet a Bowen corner and score with a looping header.

Leicester miss big chance

The fragile state of affairs at Leicester was illustrated by the sound of groans and jeers as they passed the ball around at the back after West Ham took an early lead.

Frustration was in the air and returned at the final whistle when the Foxes lost the advantage late on, for the third time recently after losing to Tottenham and drawing with Brighton.

It was a desperate body blow for Rodgers and his players who looked like stepping out of their malaise as they were moments away from coming from behind to win.

The pain was etched on faces all around the King Power Stadium as this was a movie they have seen before.

Leicester have a soft center without key defenders Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana.

It was exposed by Issa Diop’s pass for Bowen’s goal and then again in stoppage time, even after Rodgers was sent on the giant figure of Jannik Vestergaard late on, presumably to guard against such an eventuality as Dawson’s goal.

So near and yet so far for the Foxes. Again.

Hammers fall below high standards

West Ham manager David Moyes will have been relieved to earn a point so late on, but also feel his side wasted an opportunity to earn a vital victory.

The Hammers were in control without sparkling in the first half only to throw away a position of power via Cresswell’s handball moments before the break.

The goal, coming at a crucial time, threw West Ham off course and few could have had Leicester hung on at the end.

The Hammers were poor after the interval but deserve credit for at least sticking at it to stage another late show.

Moyes can point to the reshuffle that robbed him of Zouma just before the kick-off, but he will also know his side let Leicester off the hook when they had them down, in arrears, and with the crowd restless in the opening period.

It may prove an important point in the final reckoning, and West Ham stay in the top four – albeit having played a game more than Manchester United.

Moyes will know, however, that high standards have been set this season and this was a performance that fell below them.

Player of the match

BowenJarrod Bowen

Leicester City

  1. Squad number7player nameBarnes

  2. Squad number22player nameDewsbury-Hall

  3. Squad number8player nameTielemans

  4. Squad number21player nameRicardo Pereira

  5. Squad number1player nameSchmeichel

  6. Squad number33player nameThomas

  7. Squad number10player nameMaddison

  8. Squad number18player nameAmartey

  9. Squad number25player nameNdidi

  10. Squad number29player nameDaka

  11. Squad number4player nameSöyüncü

  12. Squad number2player nameJustin

  13. Squad number37player nameLookman

  14. Squad number23player nameVestergaard

West Ham United

  1. Squad number20player nameBowen

  2. Squad number41player nameRice

  3. Squad number15player nameDawson

  4. Squad number22player namebenrahma

  5. Squad number23player nameDiop

  6. Squad number1player namefabianski

  7. Squad number10player nameLanzini

  8. Squad number8player nameFornals

  9. Squad number28player nameSoucek

  10. Squad number9player nameAntonio

  11. Squad number11player nameVlasic

  12. Squad number5player nameCoufal

  13. Squad number24player nameFredericks

  14. Squad number3player nameCresswell

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo PereiraBooked at 18mins
  • 18Amartey
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 2JustinSubstituted forThomasat 31′minutes
  • 8TielemansSubstituted forVestergaardat 90′minutes
  • 25Ndidi
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forLookmanat 73′minutes
  • 29Daka
  • 7Barnes

substitutes

  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Perez
  • 20Choudhury
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 24Mendy
  • 33Thomas
  • 37Lookman

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1fabianski
  • 5CoufalSubstituted forFredericksat 67′minutes
  • 15Dawson
  • 23Diop
  • 3CresswellBooked at 60mins
  • 28Soucek
  • 41RiceBooked at 61mins
  • 20Bowen
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forbenrahmaat 79′minutes
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forVlasicat 79′minutes
  • 9Antonio

substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 11Vlasic
  • 13Areola
  • 16Noble
  • 22benrahma
  • 24Fredericks
  • 31Johnson
  • 33král
  • 35Randolph

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Attendance:
32,061

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