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West Ham: The Complete Record by Steve Marsh and John Northcutt released 27 August 2015

Leicester City 2-1 West Ham

Premier League    1997-98
Filbert Street   20,201
  SubsGoals  
22Craig Forrest    
4Steve Potts    
12Keith Rowland   
6David Unsworth   
15Rio Ferdinand    
11Steve Lomas   
16John Moncur   
14Iain Dowie    
10John Hartson    
29Eyal Berkovic 1  
18Frank Jnr Lampard    
match review copied from

Leicester 2 West Ham 1 By John Curtis, PA Sport

Ian Marshall ended Leicester's West Ham hoodoo with a late goal in a thrilling Premiership encounter at Filbert Street tonight.

The striker-turned-central-defender came up trumps with eight minutes remaining by sidefooting home a Steve Guppy corner at the second attempt to lift Leicester into fourth place.

That halted a run of nine successive victories for the Hammers over Martin O'Neill's side - including the last four meetings at Filbert Street - and a sequence of four successive defeats spanning three different competitions.

But West Ham were left to rue their inept finishing in the second period, as they had the opportunities to have killed off the Foxes before Marshall struck with his fifth goal of the season.

Leicester were the more purposeful side in the first half, but Harry Redknapp's team gradually took command, with Eyal Berkovic always a handful for the home defence.

How they must have regretted squandering golden chances via Iain Dowie and Steve Lomas.

West Ham, retaining the side who beat Bolton 3-0, were the first to settle, but Leicester initially were the more threatening and acting skipper Matt Elliott struck a volley straight at Craig Forrest.

O'Neill's side eventually broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when the Hammers appealed in vain for offside after Guppy's chip freed Emile Heskey.

The England Under-21 striker raced forward unopposed into the penalty area and steadied himself before drilling a low shot under the body of Forrest.

West Ham lacked a cutting edge in the first half to finish off their neat approach work, but they wasted a good chance to draw level in the 32nd minute.

Dowie's back-heel found Frank Lampard unmarked 12 yards out, but he failed to get his full force behind his shot and Pegguy Arphexad was able to cling onto his effort.

Heskey was predictably receiving plenty of close attention, Lomas and David Unsworth both being booked in the opening 45 minutes for fouls on the Leicester striker.

West Ham opened the second half on the offensive and a dipping volley from Hartson flew inches over, before Lampard failed to connect properly when again in a good position, his shot trickling through to Arphexad.

It came as no surprise when the visitors drew level in the 58th minute. Hartson weaved his way past two defenders and his low centre was hammered home by Berkovic.

Leicester threatened briefly and Muzzy Izzet volleyed over from close range, but West Ham were now in control and Dowie mis-hit his shot when clean through, enabling Arphexad to deflect it for a corner.

A centre from Lampard should then have been converted at the far post by Lomas, but again the shot lacked the necessary power and Arphexad got a vital touch to turn it round the post.

Leicester:Arphexad, Kaamark, (Campbell 89), Guppy, Savage (Parker 68), Prior, Elliott, Izzet, Lennon, Claridge, Marshall, Heskey.

Subs Not Used: Andrews, Fenton, Cottee.

Goals: Heskey 16, Marshall 82.

West Ham: Forrest, Unsworth, Ferdinand, Rowland, Potts, Lomas, Lampard, Berkovic, Moncur, Dowie, Hartson.

Subs Not Used: Sealey, Bishop, Pearce, Hodges, Alexander.

Booked: Lomas, Unsworth, Rowland, Moncur.

Goals: Berkovic 58.

Att: 20,201

Ref: M D Reed (Birmingham).

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