I was going to write this up last night, but I am glad I sort of didn’t.
Well, Jamie Vardy may not be having a party after all. And neither are Leicester City with a massive game at the King power Stadium. With the Foxes edging ever closer to the league title and the Hammers still chasing for that European spot, there was a lot riding on this game.
Leicester rode their luck in the first min with Schmeichel tipping on the post a Hammers free kick with it then ricocheting back off the other. That should have been one-mil, but in this game you need a bit of good fortune.
Most of the game was played with a mass of bodies from Leicester stifling all he Hammers forward play. It was then from a Schmeichel throw that Leicester broke and we just couldn’t catch up with him. And being Leicester this season he slotted past Adrian who could do nothing to keep the shot out. 1-0. Yet another three points for the Foxes were on the cards. TBH, the Hammers were a little wasteful in front of goal. Emineke – on loan – is not really the player he has been hyped to be and thankfully, he will not be joining us in the summer as he has not been than impressive apart from the FA Cup game against Blackburn. Maybe Payet should have done better with a free kick and hit the ball when had the chance – such is the expectation of every free kick he takes, but he seems to have gone off the boil a little over the last few games – perhaps fatigue is kicking in, but we really need his influence to star over the last few games.
Now to say that the Hammers have not had the rub of the green of late is a bit of an understatement, but for some reason the Gods were looking down on us.
Vardy gets sent off for a second bookable for a dive and then it is 10 v 11.
Wes Morgan bundles Reid over in the box led to a penalty – the first away one for 5 years and a real chance for the Hammers to get a draw. Carroll strokes it in, the King Power goes a bit quiet. I’ll take a draw at this point. Then, the Cresswell screamer! 86 mins and Aaron belts in a thunderbolt from the edge of the box with Schmeichel having no chance to parry away. Amazingly two goals in two mins and with 4 mins to go, a real chance to get a win against the Premier League leaders.
Then comes a moment of controversy which just frustrates and annoys bringing the role of the ref into even greater doubt with level of consistency. Schlupp falls over at the slightest of touches from Carroll who was tracking back and Referee Moss awards Leicester a penalty. And with the last kick of injury time, Ulloa scores getting Leicester a point and still gives them a cushion above the Spuds. Did Carroll deserve that penalty give away? Does it feel like a loss more than a point? We haven’t lost…..but we should have won. Clearly should have won.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll says referee Jonathan Moss tried to “even things up” by awarding Leicester City an injury-time penalty on Sunday.
Moss penalised Carroll when Leicester’s Jeffrey Schlupp went down in the area, allowing Leonardo Ulloa to convert from the spot to make it 2-2.
The Hammers were awarded a penalty earlier in the game when Wes Morgan pulled back Winston Reid.
Carroll accused Moss of giving “bad decisions” throughout the game.
“It’s not acceptable,” said the former Liverpool and Newcastle United frontman. “Week in, week out, we’ve had bad decisions.
“I mean, it is a bad decision. It’s not the first time and probably won’t be the last. I think he’s trying to even it up and a lot of people have said that.”
“We could be third and flying,” said Carroll. “Now we’re still fighting for fourth, fifth spot and we’re slipping down by losing these points.
“It is just disappointing and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
The funny thing is I so want Leicester to win the league this year but I also didn’t want them to win. And we were seconds away from a massive scalp and throwing the title race wide open with the Spuds playing Stoke on Monday. And whilst it is a point, it really does screw up our chances of European football. Man Utd seem to have found a goalscorer in Marcus Rashford and Liverpool have found a new spark under Jurgen Klopp – especially from their exploits via the Europa League, so yet again refereeing decisions are costing us points, places and prize money.
If decisions like this were correctly awarded, who knows where West Ham would be – perhaps a cheeky title shot? One thing is for sure is that we should not be in the position that we are at the moment – we deserve to be higher. Five games left, all to play for. But confident that it is also impossible for us to get relegated at all. I have said it many a time before, but this is such a good thing to say for once.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Schlupp 54 mins), Okazaki (Ulloa 59), Vardy
Subs not used: King, Amartey, Gray, Wasilewski, Schwarzer
Sent off: Vardy
Goal: Vardy 18, Ulloa 95
West Ham: Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Obiang (Carroll 45), Noble (Lanzini 63), Moses (Valencia 72), Emenike, Payet
Subs not sued: Randolph, Tomkins, Collins, Byram
Booked: Reid, Noble, Payet
Goals: Carroll 84, Cresswell 86
Referee: Jon Moss