Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Player ratings as the Hammers are denied a win

West Ham failed to bounce back from their midweek FA Cup defeat due to a soft late penalty decision, converted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Player ratings as the Hammers are denied a win
Carroll now has four goals in two league games. Image: REUTERS.

It truly has been the story of the underdog throughout this current Premier League campaign. No two teams epitomsie this more than West Ham United and Leicester City, with both sides beginning the season with targets to simply beat the drop. Remarkably, with a month left to run in the league, both teams find themselves sat in European places. 

Leicester went into this encounter knowing just nine more points will clinch them their first Premier League title, whilst West Ham are still in with an outside chance of a Champions League place. The game ended in controversal fashion, with penalties rewarded to both sides after Jamie Vardy had scored a first half goal and been shown a red card for a second booking. Andy Carroll slotted home from twleve yards for the Cockney boys before Aaron Cresswell found the net with a beautiful stike late on. A contentious late penalty from Leonardo Ulloa meant both sides would leave the pitch some-what disheartened. 

'Keeper and defence

Adrian - Realistically was unable to prevent either of the goals put past him today. Vardy was clinical with the Foxes first whilst Ulloa gave him no chance in burying his late penalty. 6

Michail Antonio - Again asked to do a job at right back. Kept Marc Albrighton quiet and was subbed early in the second half as he was unable to make an impact. Provided a fine piece of individual skill for Cresswell's strike, beating Christian Fuchs down the right and floating a good ball into the danger zone. Definitely more effective going forward, but gives his all in whatever position is asked of him. 7

Winston Reid - Missed out on the FA Cup defeat midweek. The centre half is an automatic selection for Slaven Bilic's side but had a mixed afternoon. Failed to keep up with N'Golo Kante for Leicester's counter attacking goal, but did manage to win a penalty in the second half, converted by Andy Carroll. Unlucky to hit the post in the second half with a cheeky attempt. 6

Angelo Ogbonna - The summer singing from Juventus has had a fantastic season and is over with the fans massively. However today he delivered a performance that was remarkably below par. Twice in the game he could have given away penalties, particularly in the second half when he held on to Robert Huth in the box. 6

Aaron Cresswell - By some distance West Ham's most reliable performer over the past two seasons. Another solid performance today up against the Premier League's standout player this season Riyad Mahrez. Scored a wonderful goal late on which looked to have given the Hammers all three points. Roy Hodgson must still be living under a rock.   7

Midfield and attack

Mark Noble - The captain looked tired today and was quite wasteful in possession. Booked for a late challenge on Danny Drinkwater before being hooked off early in the second half for Manuel Lanzini. 5

Cheikou Kouyate - Desperately unlucky with his second minute effort. The Senegal international saw his header come off of both posts and collected by Kasper Schmeichel. Struggled to gain control of the midfield against the fantastic N'Golo Kante. 6

Pedro Obiang - Drafted into the XI to provide more cover in the midfield and allow the more creative players to advance. Hauled off at half time as he was unable to produce some of the better performances he has offered earlier in the season. 5

Victor Moses - Starts have come few and far between for the Nigerian in the later stages of this campaign. Ran at the Leicester back four and was good in retaining possession, but not as effective as Antonio has been in the same position at other points of the season. 6

Emmanuel Eminike - The loanee had very little impact on the team. Showed why the owners recently inisited he will not be signed once his contract is up. 5

Dimitri Payet - Another below par performance for the Hammers today, although he nearly had another assist to his name in the opening minutes. Had a free-kick late on but was unable to find the target which would have disappointed him and the travelling fans. 6


Andy Carroll - Replaced Pedro Obiang at half time, slotted the Hammers penalty away calmly and looked to be doing his defensive duties well as the game neared a close. However a silly foul on Jeffery Schlupp gave the league leaders a way back into the game, thus leaving the Londoners to travel home with just a point. Finally seems to have gained full fitness and this is showing, four goals in his last three now. 7

Manuel Lanzini - Unable to impact the game the way Bilic would have hoped. 5

Enner Valencia - Another player unable to change the game in West Ham's favour, always willing to run but his end product needs to improve massively. 5