Ndidi helps Leicester win first away game of the season

Posted March 20, 2017

The post-Claudio Ranieri feel-good factor at Leicester City showed no sign of letting up as they beat West Ham 3-2 in a thriller at London Stadium to continue Craig Shakespeare's 100 per cent start as the Premier League champions' manager.

Leicester were forced into a significant change to their preferred line-up, with captain Wes Morgan ruled out by a back injury sustained against Sevilla.

"The next few games now become vital for our season".

Leicester: Schmeichel 7, Simpson 6, Benalouane 6, Huth 7, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 8 (Chilwell, 87 6), Drinkwater 7, Ndidi 7, Albrighton 7, Okazaki 6 (Musa, 76 5), Vardy 7 (Slimani, 76 5).

"There have been games where we have conceded goals in the first ten or 15 minutes and we need to work on that and change it, because conceding early changes the whole game".

Two minutes later and things got worse for the home side.

Two minutes later, from a Leicester free-kick, Marc Albrighton clipped the ball into the box with the outside of his boot and the unmarked Huth nodded in the second.

West Ham's woes were compounded when Winston Reid fell awkwardly and was helped off, to be replaced by Robert Snodgrass in the 19th minute.

Leicester had to dig deep for a while as West Ham peppered their area with crosses, but then took advantage of some more dire defending by the hosts, this time from a corner.

Vardy could have added a fourth after the break when he raced on to Mahrez's through-ball and lobbed Darren Randolph, only to clear the crossbar as well.

"A lot of negatives from the first half, but a lot of positives from the second half".

A fantastic Manuel Lanzini free-kick halved the deficit for West Ham.

Andre Ayew's header bought it back to 3-2 and prompted a siege on the Leicester goal in the final half hour, but the Irons were unable to find a way through.

The Foxes were on the back foot after Andrew Ayew headed in West Ham's second and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel producing two stunning saves to deny Andy Carroll while Ayew blasted over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

"We scored the goals at the right time today".

20' - GOAL! Lanzini punishes Leicester as he smashes in the free-kick.