Two goals from Sam Baldock helped promotion-chasing West Ham to victory over managerless Leicester.

Baldock headed home to give the Hammers the lead before Julien Faubert's drive made it 2-0 barely a minute later.

Leicester, who had Jon Rudkin and Mike Stowell in charge following Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure this week, pulled one back through an Andy King header.

But Baldock ran clear to slot in a third for the home side before King smashed in a consolation.

A trip to the favourites for promotion was always going to be a tough test for City, with academy boss Rudkin and coach Stowell having little time to prepare the side following Eriksson's departure on Tuesday.

And there was no respite for the Foxes as West Ham secured their eighth win of the season to remain second in the Championship, while a second successive defeat left Leicester well short of the automatic promotion places with 19 points from 14 games.

The Hammers' own form had been patchy with only two wins in their previous five games but they dominated the opening stages and made the breakthrough after 20 minutes when Mark Noble surged forward unchallenged to the edge of the area before playing in John Carew, who chipped back across goal from the byeline for Baldock to head in at the far post.

Leicester had barely kicked the ball before they had conceded again, this time Faubert collected the ball 20 yards out and rifled home his first goal since February 2010.

It could have been worse for the visitors had the crossbar not denied Baldock with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

Leicester did finally wake up and home keeper Robert Green was forced into a point-blank save from Jermaine Beckford.

After the break, the Foxes grabbed a lifeline when when former Hammer Paul Konchesky crossed from the left and King nodded the ball back past Green.

Leicester thought they had a penalty when King tumbled in the box but their appeals were waved away by referee James Linington.

With 15 minutes to go Baldock appeared to have won the game for the home side when he finished coolly after running clear of the Leicester defence.

However, King fired into the top corner from 20 yards to set up a tense finish, during which they came agonisingly close to snatching a point when James Tomkins deflected Steve Howard's header on to the crossbar.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

West Ham

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Reid
  • 03 McCartney
  • 15 Faye Booked (Tomkins - 64' )
  • 17 O'Brien Booked
  • 18 Faubert
  • 04 Nolan
  • 10 Collison
  • 16 Noble
  • 07 Baldock (Sears - 86' )
  • 11 Carew Booked (Piquionne - 31' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Boffin
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 21 Diop
  • 19 Sears
  • 30 Piquionne

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 Peltier
  • 03 Konchesky Booked
  • 06 Bamba
  • 12 St. Ledger
  • 10 King
  • 19 Wellens
  • 22 Abe
  • 13 Vassell (Dyer - 45' )
  • 20 Beckford (Howard - 55' )
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 21 Weale
  • 04 Pantsil
  • 11 Dyer (Johnson - 73' )
  • 17 Johnson
  • 09 Howard
Ref: Linington
Att: 30,410

Match Stats

Shots

15 16

On target

10 7

Corners

4 6

Fouls

17 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:39

Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

90:00 +1:16

The offside flag is raised against Frederic Piquionne. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy King on James Tomkins. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.

89:02

Short corner worked by Mark Noble.

87:38

Frederic Piquionne challenges Souleymane Bamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

87:22

Steve Howard takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

85:21 Substitution

Substitution Freddie Sears on for Sam Baldock.

84:40

Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Noble. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.

83:38

David Nugent has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

83:05

Richie Wellens fouled by Julien Faubert, the ref awards a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

82:10

Julien Faubert sends in a cross, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

79:56

Lee Peltier has a headed effort at goal, Robert Green makes a save.

79:01

The ball is crossed by David Nugent, Steve Howard heads at goal, inswinging corner taken by Paul Konchesky from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.

77:31

Corner taken left-footed by Paul Konchesky, Joey O'Brien fouled by Steve Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.

76:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jack Collison. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

73:21

Assist on the goal came from David Nugent.

73:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy King - West Ham 3 - 2 Leicester Andy King gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. West Ham 3-2 Leicester.

72:07 Substitution

Substitution Michael Johnson comes on in place of Lloyd Dyer.

71:03

Julien Faubert takes a shot from 18 yards. Andy King gets a block in.

70:05

Assist on the goal came from Frederic Piquionne.

70:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Baldock - West Ham 3 - 1 Leicester Sam Baldock scores a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 3-1 Leicester.

65:30

Yuki Abe challenges George McCartney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.

63:40 Substitution

Substitution Abdoulaye Faye goes off and James Tomkins comes on.

63:40

Effort on goal by Paul Konchesky from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

62:41

Effort from 12 yards by Lloyd Dyer. Save by Robert Green.

60:21 Booking

Booking The referee shows Abdoulaye Faye a yellow card.

60:14

Sam Baldock has a drilled shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

57:48

Assist by Paul Konchesky. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Konchesky from the right by-line, Sean St. Ledger has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

57:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy King - West Ham 2 - 1 Leicester Andy King finds the net with a headed goal from close in. West Ham 2-1 Leicester.

56:21

Lee Peltier concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nolan. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

56:01

Julien Faubert handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

55:21

Lee Peltier produces a cross, Robert Green makes a save.

54:05 Substitution

Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Steve Howard coming on for Jermaine Beckford.

54:05

The offside flag is raised against Julien Faubert. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

52:12

The ball is swung over by Julien Faubert, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.

50:16

Sam Baldock produces a drilled right-footed shot from 6 yards. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

47:38

Yuki Abe produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

47:19

Kevin Nolan challenges David Nugent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

45:31

Shot by Frederic Piquionne. Souleymane Bamba gets a block in. Shot by Julien Faubert. Paul Konchesky gets a block in.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:43 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Dyer on for Darius Vassell.

45:00 +0:18

Shot by Frederic Piquionne. Jack Collison gets a block in.

43:56

Jermaine Beckford fouled by Abdoulaye Faye, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

43:09

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Richie Wellens, Souleymane Bamba has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

42:57

The ball is crossed by Darius Vassell, clearance made by Winston Reid.

42:45

Darius Vassell delivers the ball, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.

42:30

The referee penalises Kevin Nolan for handball. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.

41:05

Frederic Piquionne challenges Yuki Abe unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Richie Wellens, Jermaine Beckford has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

40:21

Paul Konchesky crosses the ball.

39:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey O'Brien on Darius Vassell. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.

39:14 Booking

Booking Joey O'Brien is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

38:33

Drilled right-footed shot by Julien Faubert. Blocked by Paul Konchesky.

37:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Richie Wellens, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.

36:25

Abdoulaye Faye fouled by Yuki Abe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.

35:32

Frederic Piquionne challenges Sean St. Ledger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Peltier.

34:04

Shot by Frederic Piquionne. Blocked by Paul Konchesky. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Julien Faubert has a drilled shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.

33:19

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Richie Wellens from the right by-line, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

32:53

Unfair challenge on David Nugent by George McCartney results in a free kick. Sean St. Ledger restarts play with the free kick.

32:10

Unfair challenge on Joey O'Brien by Darius Vassell results in a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.

31:02

Effort from outside the penalty area by Souleymane Bamba goes wide left of the goal.

29:58

Richie Wellens takes the free kick.

29:58 Substitution

Substitution Frederic Piquionne is brought on as a substitute for John Carew.

29:58

Mark Noble challenges Yuki Abe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

28:04

Unfair challenge on Julien Faubert by Paul Konchesky results in a free kick. Julien Faubert sends in a cross, Winston Reid has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

28:04 Booking

Booking Paul Konchesky is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

27:55

The ball is sent over by Julien Faubert, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.

26:39

The ball is swung over by David Nugent.

25:37

John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Souleymane Bamba. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.

25:14

Mark Noble crosses the ball, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

24:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Collison on Lee Peltier. Paul Konchesky crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Robert Green.

21:40

Joey O'Brien provided the assist for the goal.

21:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Julien Faubert - West Ham 2 - 0 Leicester Goal scored by Julien Faubert from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-0 Leicester.

20:01

Assist by Julien Faubert.

20:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Baldock - West Ham 1 - 0 Leicester Sam Baldock scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 1-0 Leicester.

19:03

Souleymane Bamba heads at goal, The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert,

18:17 Booking

Booking Booking for John Carew for unsporting behaviour.

18:02

John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean St. Ledger. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

16:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger by John Carew. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

16:22

John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Konchesky. Sean St. Ledger takes the indirect free kick.

16:03

John Carew is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

14:37

Corner taken by Mark Noble. Short corner taken by Jack Collison from the right by-line.

13:36

Shot from long distance by Julien Faubert misses to the right of the target.

10:27

Joey O'Brien delivers the ball, Lee Peltier gets a block in.

9:08

John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens. Lee Peltier restarts play with the free kick.

7:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Richie Wellens. Lee Peltier takes the direct free kick.

4:40

Sam Baldock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

2:12

Darius Vassell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Mark Noble has an effort direct from the free kick.

0:18

David Nugent has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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