Champions League victory to boost Leicester City's survival bid
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 8:37
The 23-year-old overlapped superbly to set up Andre Ayew for West Ham's equaliser, only to get caught upfield when Bournemouth broke away to score a last-minute victor.
Leicester had not scored a league goal in 2017 but have since scored seven in three matches under Craig Shakespeare, who has been put in charge of the first team until the end of the season.
"I was asked about the criticism that has been levelled at me and the team this season, and I just want to make it clear that I wasn't digging out West Ham United fans in general, because I can assure you if I wasn't playing I'd be sitting with them. West Ham will be looking to take maximum points these back-to-back games with Leicester and Hull City to as good as assure their own safety".
"We have to try and look forward now".
But Shakespeare said: "Jamie's not a cheat and never has been, never will be".
He has five Premier League clean sheets this season, but that does not accurately represent his level of contribution for the Foxes this term. The priority is to win every game and, with West Ham being next, that's the priority.
West Ham (9-6-13) are seemingly set for a mid-table finish, but the Hammers' comfortable position has coincided with a poor run of form.
"Unfortunately, now, nobody can say it's the wrong decision because at least these three results are brilliant for them and they look different". Their result against Sevilla was a great result for English football.
All of Shakespeare's victories have come at home, however, and ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting between the sides at London Stadium, Hammers boss Bilic hit out at Leicester's treatment of title-winner Ranieri.
"I don't want to go into arguing into players but all you have to see if you're talking about tactics and the way we played is the statistics from last year and this year", said Bilic. No coach in the club's history has won their first three games in charge.