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Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the King Power Stadium
Leonardo Ulloa
Leonardo Ulloa scored a 95th minute equaliser for Leicester

Leonardo Ulloa's injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester in a controversial encounter with West Ham as the Foxes went eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy's crisp finish from a lightning break gave Leicester the lead on 18 minutes - but he was then sent off after getting a second yellow card for diving when he tangled with Angelo Ogbonna early in the second half.

Referee Jonathan Moss made himself even more unpopular when he awarded West Ham a penalty with six minutes left. There had been pushing and pulling in both penalty areas but he decided to punish Wes Morgan for pulling back Winston Reid at a corner.

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Substitute Andy Carroll slotted home to end Leicester's run of 574 minutes without conceding a league goal and Aaron Cresswell looked to have opened the door to the Foxes' title rivals Spurs with a stunning left-footed finish two minutes later.

As the game went into injury time, Moss produced another controversial decision when he pointed to the spot once more after Carroll made the merest contact with Jeff Schlupp.

West Ham clearly felt Moss had evened things up after earlier decisions in their favour, but Ulloa was not concerned as he took the chance to secure what might yet be a vital point - although Leicester will be without Vardy for next weekend's home game with Swansea.

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How precious is Leicester's point?

Jamie Vardy goal
It was quick thinking by Kasper Schmeichel (1) and N'Golo Kante (14) for Vardy's (9) goal

Leicester's fans celebrated at the end before turning their anger on referee Moss - although it was his very questionable decision that allowed them to earn that point at the end.

Psychologically, this point could be vital because a loss might just have produced a few doubts and given Spurs just a little more wiggle room going into their game at Stoke on Monday.

It means Leicester's last Premier League defeat is still that last-minute loss at Arsenal on Valentine's Day and their spirits will be lifted by the manner in which they earned a point when it seemed certain they would end up empty-handed.

Referee Moss highlights inconsistencies

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy (left) was shown a second yellow card by Jon Moss shortly after half-time

Referee Moss was surrounded by players of both sides and escorted from the field by stewards to jeering from the home fans at the final whistle.

Moss's eventful second half began after 56 minutes when he penalised Vardy for simulation as he tumbled theatrically under a challenge from Ogbonna. Having already given Vardy a yellow card, he felt obliged to give a second.

Vardy made the most of the contact and ran the risk of punishment. And he has been accused of doing this before this season. Opinion was split but plenty felt Moss was right.

For West Ham's penalty, there was undoubtedly pulling and pushing between Morgan and Winston Reid - so again Moss had justification.

The difficulty, the inconsistency, is that similar behaviour had been going on in both penalty areas all afternoon without punishment - so why did Moss decide this was the time to penalise it?

Too often, these decisions seem arbitrary, as was demonstrated when Ogbonna dragged Huth to the floor even more unceremoniously a few minutes later and no foul was given.

Finally, in injury time and with an atmosphere of chaos engulfing the game, Moss pointed to the spot for the slightest touch from Carroll on Schlupp. It was incredibly harsh and the Hammers clearly felt Moss had punished them to make up for earlier decisions given against Leicester.

It is a tough job - as the abuse directed the referee's way at the end proved.

Chance for Spurs?

Not as much as there might have been had Ulloa not scored at the end, but they can apply pressure and move to within five points of Leicester if they win at Stoke.

Leicester at least have the point in the bag but Mauricio Pochettino and his players will just feel the door is ajar, even if they know time and games are running out.

Manager reaction

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: "It was a very tough match. We were lucky at the beginning when they touched both posts. After that we scored a great goal and we had an opportunity to finish the match at the beginning of the second half.

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"After then sending off it changed our match.

"I never spoke about the decision of the referee. Two yellow cards, that's it.

"Our performance 11 v 11 and 10 v 11 was fantastic."

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "It was a good game of football. We showed determination, character and quality. We turned the game around. We were dangerous, and after sending off we totally dominated the game.

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"After our second goal I thought we had done enough to win the game, maybe we could have coped with added time better in terms of keeping the ball but they took the risk.

"It was extremely hard for referee, but I mean that was no penalty at all."

Man of the match - N'Golo Kante (Leicester City)

N'Golo Kante
Kept Leicester City going in good moments and bad. Helped create Vardy's goal and worked tirelessly all over the pitch.

The facts you need to know

  • Leicester have won (11) and scored (9) more penalties than any other Premier League team this season.
  • Leicester scored with both of their shots on target.
  • West Ham were awarded their first Premier League penalty on the road since October 2010.
  • Vardy is only the second Leicester player to score and be sent off in the same league game (David Lowe v Wimbledon in 1994 is the other).
  • Vardy has scored the opening goal in 11 Premier League games this season - more than any other player.
  • Vardy has had a hand in more Premier League goals this season than any other player (22 goals, 6 assists).

What's next?

Leicester - minus the suspended Vardy - are at home to Swansea next Sunday. The Hammers host Watford on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5MorganBooked at 77mins
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forAmarteyat 78'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 14Kanté
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forSchluppat 54'minutes
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forUlloaat 59'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 10King
  • 13Amartey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 32Schwarzer

West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Adrián
  • 30Antonio
  • 2ReidBooked at 30mins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 14ObiangSubstituted forCarrollat 45'minutes
  • 16NobleBooked at 40minsSubstituted forLanziniat 63'minutes
  • 20MosesSubstituted forE Valenciaat 72'minutes
  • 29Emenike
  • 27PayetBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 5Tomkins
  • 9Carroll
  • 11E Valencia
  • 19Collins
  • 22Byram
  • 28Lanzini
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
32,104

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 2, West Ham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, West Ham United 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 2, West Ham United 2. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Andy Carroll (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Leicester City).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emmanuel Emenike (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Fuchs.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

  12. Post update

    Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

  14. Post update

    Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 1, West Ham United 2. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 1, West Ham United 1. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Penalty West Ham United. Winston Reid draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Wes Morgan (Leicester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester342110359332673
2Tottenham331811460253565
3Man City33186961332860
4Arsenal33179756342260
5Man Utd33168940301056
6West Ham331314654421253
7Southampton341491145351051
8Liverpool3214995243951
9Stoke33138123743-647
10Chelsea331111114945444
11Everton33914105344941
12Watford33118143237-541
13Bournemouth34118154157-1641
14West Brom331010133140-940
15Swansea341010143445-1140
16Crystal Palace34109153643-739
17Norwich3487193560-2531
18Sunderland3379173957-1830
19Newcastle3377193561-2628
20Aston Villa3437242365-4216
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