Michail Antonio grew to become table-topping West Ham’s all-time Premier League goalscorer as his double helped the Hammers thrash 10-man Leicester 4-1 on the London Stadium.
Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher known as the newly-crowned No 9 a “particular participant” after a stellar solo efficiency however he needed to anticipate his second within the Hammers’ sensational victory, with Pablo Fornals opening the scoring from a one-two with Mentioned Benrahma after Jamie Vardy’s poor move.
The Argentine was left on the ground minutes earlier than half-time by Ayoze Perez and after a VAR evaluation observed a stamp from the Foxes man on Fornals’ shin, Michael Oliver confirmed him a straight crimson card.
Leicester made their very own activity more durable when Caglar Soyuncu’s blind backpass was picked off by Antonio, who teed up Benrahma to fireplace in from 18 yards.
Antonio would then take centre stage for himself late on to turn into the membership’s document Premier League scorer, first holding off Soyuncu to energy dwelling his forty eighth league aim for the membership, breaking Paolo Di Canio’s document.
And he moved inside certainly one of his half century 4 minutes later, taking one contact from Vladimir Coufal’s cross to take the ball away from his man, and beating Kasper Schmeichel with a second to spark but extra wild celebrations amongst West Ham’s first full dwelling assist since February 2020.
“He’s a particular participant and if he price West Ham £50m or £60m, they might be raving about what that they had finished within the switch market,” Carragher informed Monday Night time Soccer after the match. “We speak about him as a character, all of us like him. However what shouldn’t be misplaced is his absolute high quality as a participant.”
West Ham now lead an embryonic Premier League desk on targets scored by advantage of their complete victory, whereas Leicester are left to lick their wounds on the again of a painful defeat within the capital.
West Ham: Fabianski (7), Coufal (7), Dawson (7), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (7), Rice (8), Soucek (7), Bowen (7), Benrahma (7), Fornals (8), Antonio (9).
Subs: Noble, Yarmolenko (n/a).
Leicester: Schmeichel (5), Ricardo (5), Amartey (5), Soyuncu (3), Thomas (4), Tielemans (6), Ndidi (4), Perez (3), Maddison (5), Barnes (5), Vardy (5).
Subs: Daka (5), Iheanacho, Soumare (n/a).
Man of the match: Michail Antonio
Hammers hit Leicester for 4 in sensational exhibiting
West Ham had been the one workforce to do the double over Leicester in 2020/21 and as soon as once more pissed off the Foxes’ spectacular ahead armoury from the off, whereas wanting harmful themselves on the break.
Their direct method practically bore fruit a number of occasions early on on the finish of affected person however impotent Leicester assaults, but it surely was a transfer of the sort their guests have turn into identified which might deliver them the primary aim.
A unfastened ball from Vardy was picked off by Declan Rice on the half-way line and three passes later, was behind the Leicester internet. Fornals began and completed the transfer, discovering Benrahma on the left earlier than stroking his low cross exquisitely into the far nook.
The Foxes had been dealt a worse blow earlier than the break when Perez’s stamp on Fornals, missed by referee Michael Oliver, was picked up by VAR and after a short look on the evaluation monitor, the official reached for his again pocket.
Leicester had been incensed. Kasper Schmeichel was nonetheless arguing the choice when the perimeters disappeared on the interval however had some equally selection phrases for certainly one of his personal team-mates quickly after they re-emerged, when Soyuncu’s terrible again move put him in no man’s land and left Antonio to roll the unfastened ball throughout and provides Benrahma a easy end.
It was time for the Hammers’ essential man so as to add the targets his efficiency deserved. 10 minutes from time he managed Rice’s move, outmuscled Soyuncu and lashed previous Schmeichel to interrupt Di Canio’s long-standing document, earlier than transferring additional past it when firing Coufal’s cross in to spherical off a shocking evening, and one the Hammers ended high of the Premier League for under the second time in historical past.
Opta information: Joyful Hammers continues Foxes document
- West Ham have recorded three consecutive Premier League wins over Leicester for the primary time since successful their first 4 within the competitors in opposition to them between November 1994 and April 1997.
- Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers suffered his fifth Premier League defeat in opposition to David Moyes, extra losses than he has suffered in opposition to some other supervisor within the competitors.
- Ayozé Perez’s crimson card ended a run of 39 Premier League video games and not using a sending-off for Leicester, the third-longest present such run within the competitors (Burnley 95, Liverpool 64).
- West Ham ended the day high of the Premier League for under the second time ever, after additionally doing so on August twenty second, 2006.
- Pablo Fornals has netted three targets in his final three Premier League appearances for West Ham, as many as he managed in his earlier 43 for the membership, racking up 5 aim involvements in these final three video games (3 targets, 2 assists).
West Ham are again on the London Stadium on Saturday to host Crystal Palace in a London derby; Kick-off at 3pm.
Leicester face an extended journey to Norfolk to face Norwich of their subsequent Premier League sport on Saturday; Kick-off at 3pm.