Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Foxes' Player Ratings

In a game that was largely dominated by the referee, we look at how the Leicester players performed.

Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Foxes' Player Ratings
Leonardo Ulloa celebrates an important late equaliser.Getty Images

In a match that was largely dominated by the referee, John Moss' controversial decisions, Leicester City could only manage a 2-2 draw with West Ham. However, the Foxes finished the game with 10-men and were a goal down with less than a minute left of added time before substitute, Leonardo Ulloa, buried a penalty after Jeff Schlupp was brought down in the box.

Jamie Vardy was the player to leave the match after being booked twice, the second for simulation after looking for a penalty. This happened after the England international broke the deadlock with a powerful left-footed strike past Adrian after a devastating Leicester counter-attack in the 18th minute.

After holding on for nearly half an hour with one less man, the Foxes conceded a penalty when Wes Morgan pulled down Winston Reid. Andy Carroll stepped up and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner after sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way. Only two minutes later, West Ham went in front through Aaron Cresswell's fantastic half-volley from 20 yards out. The Foxes seemed dead and buried but pushed for the equaliser before earning a dubious penalty, which Leonardo Ulloa dispatched.

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Kasper Schmeichel - 6/10: A relatively quiet afternoon for the Danish stopper until late on. Unable to influence what happened for the penalty, but possibly could've done better for Aaron Cresswell's goal where he seemed a couple of yards too far off his line, but a fantastic strike nonetheless. He wasn't tested too much and looked fairly solid when called upon but a possible lapse of concentration proved costly. His fast throw after collecting a West Ham free-kick set-up the counter-attack for Leicester's first goal.

Danny Simpson - 7/10: Another no-nonsense performance from the ex-Newcastle defender, did everything right when called upon and brought great stability to the back line. Rarely beaten by West Ham's dangerous wide men and seemed very composed when in possession, something not always seen as part as his game. 

Robert Huth - 8/10: Man of the Match: The German centre-back showed the solidity that he's shown all season against West Ham, very unlucky to see his side lose. Dealt very well with every ball that came near Leicester's box and won many battles against a physical strikeforce but got himself involved in too many altercations too easily. Also unfortunate to not receive, what looked like, a fairly clear penalty in the last few minutes after having an arm wrapped around his neck. 

Wes Morgan - 7/10: A stable defensive performance from the skipper but did give away the penalty for the first goal after wrestling opposing captain Winston Reid to the ground. Other than that, his game was similar to that of Robert Huth: dealt with everything well and looked confident against a tough side. The penalty decision was controversial and there have definitely been worse challenges left not given so he could be seen as unlucky to be on the receiving end of the referee's call.

Christian Fuchs - 7/10: The Austrian rounds off a very competent showing from the back four, something Foxes fans are getting very used to. However, he was easily beaten by Michail Antonio in the build-up to the winning goal. Again, the former Schalke left-back was rarely beaten by Dmitri Payet and Victor Moses, two quick wingers who have had very good seasons respectively. His late throw-ins gave another outlet and looked very threatening in Leicester's search for an equaliser late on.


Marc Albrighton - 5/10: The ex-Aston Villa winger didn't get involved in the game before being replaced by Jeff Schlupp in the 54th minute. Unspectacular is the best way to describe his display, rarely touched the ball and looked way off the pace whenever the ball was anywhere near him, looks likely to be replaced for next season's Champions League season.

Danny Drinkwater - 7/10: Showed his quality once again against West Ham, a workmanlike performance typical of his season so far. Certainly staked his claim for a place in Roy Hodgson's Euros squad with a showing consisting of breaking up the play and fast distribution, albeit sometimes slightly wayward. However, a decent performance from someone with an international place to play for as well as Premier League winners' medal.

N'Golo Kante - 8/10: It's very rare for the Frenchman to not to be close to the Man of the Match award, showing why he's so sought after by some of Europe's big guns. Contributing to the Foxes' first goal with a perfectly-timed assist for Vardy after a run from his own box to West Ham's. That wasn't the only thing that was perfectly-timed, his tackling and interceptions were second-to-none as always and his passing accuracy is also rapidly increasing.

Riyad Mahrez - 6/10: Another quiet performance for the Player of the Year nominee who was being heavily compared to Dmitri Payet pre-match, a comparison that he definitely didn't live up to. Looked quite good when in possession but didn't get involved in the match enough to have a real impact. His quick thinking was met by Schmeichel's quick throw before slotting the ball through to Kante for his assist for the first goal. Rightly replaced by Daniel Amartey with just over ten minutes left.


Jamie Vardy - 7/10: Hero to Zero. After netting a very good opening goal with his weaker left-foot, Vardy was given his marching orders by John Moss after receiving a second booking for a quite obvious dive. The former non-leaguer was very unfortunate to get the first of the two yellow cards after his well-timed tackle was deemed a bookable offence by the referee. He looked lively before being sent off and will be seen as one of the main reasons for Leicester's second half collapse, he made the task of substitution, Leonardo Ulloa, much harder.

Shinji Okazaki - 6/10: The Japanese international worked very hard, as he always does, but his hard work didn't get him anywhere. Without a sniff of goal, it was always going to be hard for him to add to his four league goals. He was also on the receiving end of some very tough tackles, one of which Winston Reid was in fact booked when he went straight through the back of the ex-Mainz forward. Replaced by goalscorer, Leonardo Ulloa, in the 59th minute.


Jeff Schlupp - 5/10: Brought into the game with over half an hour of the game to go and looked shattered almost instantly. His contribution was very non-existent until he was nudged over in the box by Andy Carroll, earning his side a penalty and, what could be, a vital point. The decision was, however, very controversial, much like West Ham's penalty.

Leonardo Ulloa - 6/10: Had more of a defensive influence than an attacking one when introduced for Okazaki until his late penalty salvaged an important point. His composure to step up and score the penalty was outstanding and could turn out to be a massive goal in Leicester's bid for their first Premier League title.

Daniel Amartey - N/A: Didn't really touch the ball after coming on with little more than ten minutes left. It was tough to come into a game of that calibre without long left.