Shakespeare: Atleti draw won't distract Foxes from drop fight

Slaven Bilic says there are "no excuses" for the way West Ham started against Leicester as they lost 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

City striker Jamie Vardy had scored just a hat-trick against Manchester City in his previous 26 games before today.

If Leicester struggled in that win a year ago, this Saturday they were a more ruthless side as they raced into a two-goal lead under ten minutes via Riyad Mahrez and Robert Huth.

Riyad Mahrez put City ahead in the fifth minute when he curled in a cross from the right and it confused everybody including West Ham keeper Darren Randolph to bounce over the line.

Shakespeare has been handed the manager's role until the end of the season after taking over from Claudio Ranieri and has also guided them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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.

Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew replied for the home side, but the Foxes, thanks to a superb display from goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, held firm for their first away success of the campaign.

Subs (not used): Nordtveit, Feghouli, Adrián, Collins.

Leicester: Schmeichel 8, Simpson 7, Huth 7, Benalouane 6, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 7, Ndidi 6, Drinkwater 7, Albrighton 7, Okazaki 7, Vardy 7.

Subs (not used): King, Amartey, Zieler, Gray. With most the crowd hoping to see West Ham come out of the blocks quickly, what they saw was the reverse. "We're professionals and the players know it's my job to make sure the focus is there", Shakespeare added.

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. My heart was in my mouth at times. "We needed something from today [Saturday], heading in to the global break - we can recharge the batteries now".

Due to West Ham's miserable defensive display in the first half, the second period was going to need a huge improvement if the Hammers were going to get anything from the game. "We can recharge the batteries now".

  • Julie Sanders