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Live Blog: West Ham United vs Leicester City Premier League Matchday 13 Live From The London Stadium

Unfortunately, that’s it from us here at The London Stadium after tonight’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, stay tuned across our Channels in the coming days for more reaction and a comprehensive Match Report, thank you again for joining us and we hope that you can tune in early next week as David Moyes speaks Pre-Everton, thank you very much again and goodnight.

On Defensive Errors:

” It’s always difficult to defend against an Andy Carroll, but we must correct the mistakes”.

” We had a look at this on the training pitch, we need to concentrate”.

On The Second-Half Display:

” After a good first-half, we had an opportunity to make progress”.

On The Albrighton Penalty Claim:

” I didn’t see the video ago and I think we did have an opportunit to score”.

On His Side’s Performance:

” West Ham came back onto the pitch confident, it was important to keep this result”.

” It was a good first-half, we conceded just before half-time, we need to find a better clinical edge”.

Claude Puel has swiftly joined us no time to rest, quotes to follow…..

On Marko Arnautovic And His Injury:

” He seemed OK at half-time, but hopefully it’s not too severe”.

” I thought he was good tonight, you wouldn’t want to play against him”.

On Tonight’s Showing:

” It was a positive tonight, a win was needed, I’m looking forward to getting back to Everton”.

” The supporters got behind us because they saw that we were working hard”.

” The players worked hard tonight and deserved any applause at the end”.

On The Players’ Hard Work:

” We are trying to do the basics, I still think our passing and play could have been better”.

On The Atmosphere And First-Half Performance:

” It was a bit like Upton Park, we needed that and we got that”.

” Thankfully we got a goal just before half-time, the second-half was much more like us”

David Moyes has arrived to speak to The Press, quotes to follow…

10:20 PM: Just to update you while we are waiting, The U23s were defeated 3-0 by Arsenal in Hertfordshire tonight, their third loss on the bounce.

10:05 PM: We are in position and waiting to hear from both Managers here at The London Stadium.

9:53 PM: It ends honours even here at The London Stadium after a tiresome second period, stick with us, we will have reaction from both Managers in their Press Conferences shortly…….

Full-time: West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City.

90: Reid lifts one in but Lanzini is offside, was that the last chance?

90: The keeper punches away and we have a throw,

90: Another free-kick is won, a chance to deliver.

90: Ayew stabs a shot which is blocked as Masuaku comes off for Sakho, we are really going for this.

90: Hart launches a free-kick but it eventually runs throw to the Dane at the other end.

90: It runs out for another set, somehow Ayew strikes over with an overhead-kick, as Islam Slimani comes on for Gray, six minutes added on!

90: Zabaleta wins a corner, last chance Saloon.

89: A draw is looking ever-likely here in Stratford.

88: What a chance! Masuaku gets in but takes too long and the ball runs out, so disappointing.

87: The away side have a corner, it runs through and Ogbonna clears before Ndidi rifles over.

85: A deep cross from Cresswell just flies out, very close to finding a Hammers head.

85: The clock is running down, both teams looking shy to commit presently.

83: suicide from Masuaku in giving it away in the area but Reid clears and Carroll does the same from the corner and Hart has done well to get to a deflected cross, all action yet again!

82: A Lanzini free-kick is nodded away and Leicester break, brilliant defending from Carroll stops them.

81: It culminates in Chilwell’s cross going out for a goal-kick, under ten minutes left.

80: correction, it was Gray that was booked dissent, The Foxes building up pressure here.

79: Ayew goes down in the book for a lunge on Gray, The Claret & Blue Army disagree.

77: We have a throw in the far side, Zabaleta takes it correctly this time as Ayew is pulled down by Maguire in the area, no penalty, probably the right call.

76: The mobile stretcher is on as Kouyate now gets back to his feet, this second-half has been full of stoppages.

74: Nervy moments for The Hammers as Fuchs whipped in a free-kick Hart punched away, but several players are still down after a coming together.

72: Boos ring out as Obiang and play is pulled back for an elbow on Gray, no foul though as The Englishman is just returning to his feet.

70: Meanwhile, a Zabaleta foul throw on the right side gives the ball away.

69: The Ghanian has developed a knack for scoring off the bench, one would be really handy here as Mahrewz is ousted in favour of Ben Chilwell, he is not happy with Puel’s first change.

68: Ayew is about to come on for the first time under Moyes, he replaces Arnautovic, who has put in a real shift tonight, a superb display.

67: A chance for some rest-bite here in East London, with 24 minutes to go, this game is anyone’s.

66: Reid has stayed down after a 50/50 with Ndudi, another injury concern.

65: Masuaku cross again, Morgan clears and the visitors bring it away.

64: The ball eventually comes in but Carroll can only head over.

63: Arnie has come back in and looks OK as we win a dangerous throw and then another one, a chance here!

61: Andre Ayew is warming up, he looks set for an entrance.

60: the Foxes attack and Hart is easily able to catch Albrighton’s delivery, but Arnautovic is down off the ball here, this looks very concerning.

59: Masuaku is played in again, but once more, he can’t find the right ball.

58: It’s still end-to-end action here, no team has edged this second period.

57: They are almost rewarded but Masuaku’s low cross is dealt with by the keeper.

56: The atmosphere really is admirable, fantastic from the home fans.

55: Fans rage as Kouyate is fouled on the break, but Atkinson waves away appeals, a midfield battle thus far.

53: A slow start in general to this second period, will either side find a winner as it progresses.

52: Many fans just returning to their seats as Iborra fires wide for the visitors.

50: it comes to Masuaku but he can’t hold onto it and The Foxes can now break.

49: no real early action to speak of here in East London, just as I say that, we win a corner, the first of the half.

47: A Mahrez free-kick is nodded away, good defending there.

9:01 PM: Carroll gets the second-half underway, will it belong to us?

8:46 PM: Cheikhou Kouyate’s header on top of the break has cancelled out Albrighton’s opener, making Moyes the happier of the two Managers at the break, an exciting second-half lays ahead here at The London Stadium.

Half-time: West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City.

45: Just a minute added on at the end of the first-half.

44: Right on the stroke of half-time Kouyate nods in from a corner, what a time to score!

44: GOAL!! 1-1!!!!!!!!!!!

43: The tempo of the game has died slightly just minutes from half-time, but we have another free-kick in the visitors’ half here.

42: Leicester come forward on the break and Vardy is able to curl just wide in the winter chill.

40: The Austrian beats Maguire and his cross wins a corner, however, it is poorly delivered and cleared easily, the story of the evening s far.

39: Arnautovic’s header fins no one, but he has been the best player in Claret & Blue by far tonight.

37: This has been a scrappy game for both sides, but another glimmer with Kouyate heading wide from Cresswell’s cross, big chance there!

36: Masuaku gets a ball in from the left, it is cleared by Morgan, however, that was better from The Hammers.

34: The hosts break quickly, but Lanzini is unable to get his shot off, poor from the Argentine.

33: At the other end, Vardy causes problems with a low cross but not enough to score, long throw from Fuchs coming up.

32: The delivery is poor and cleared, so is Masuaku’s cross in the aftermath, ping-pong in the box.

31: Another Hammers free-kick as Morgan fouls Kouyate, no booking from Atkinson.

30: Mahrez is booed as he hobbles off, the game will now continue with 15 minutes until the break.

29: I almost spoke to soon as Mahrez broke but Hart caught his effort easily, in the move, the Algerian was injured and play has now been halted.

28: Plenty of encouragement from the home fans here, an equaliser could be building here.

28: Lanzini whips it in and the big Dane punches clear.

26: It has been a frantic five minutes here and the action keeps coming, Cresswell wins a closer free-kick, Simpson with the foul.

26: Lanzini fires in and the keeper parries at the far post, so close!

25: Masuaku comes forward and wins a threatening free-kick, big chance to level.

22: The away side appeal for a penalty, as Masuaku fouls Albrighton, the replays on my monitor suggest the Frenchman was lucky there, just moments later, great Arnautovic tracking back stops Vardy, with Fuchs shooting over from the resulting corner, all action here.

21: Another poor pass gives The Foxes the ball, the home fans are not happy at all, 0-1.

20: Carroll plays in Kouyate and when the ball eventually reaches Lanzini, his ballooned cross is easy pickings for Schmeichel.

18: Arnsitovic chips one to the far post and it is headed out for a throw that creates little yet again for the hosts.

18: A lot better! Cresswell wins a threatening throw, a good move.

17: A comeback win could see us climb out of the bottom three, it looks unlikely though as another away attack comes to nothing.

16: Carroll deals with the danger but the flag was up anyway from the short-corner.

15: A dangerous cross is blocked out for a corner by Cresswell, the first of tonight.

14: Mahrez breaks but can find no one with his pass, all Leicester.

13: Cresswell sees a Foxes attack out for a goal-kick, good defending.

12: Claude Puel’s men look comfortable here keeping the ball in the centre of the field.

11: Better! Zabaleta is slipped in on the right but the ball rolls out.

10: This could prove to be a very Black Friday indeed for David Moyes if he can’t turn things around quickly here, no response to going behind as of yet.

8: It was Jamie Vardy’s cross that was missed by Ogbonna for the winger to finish well.

8: Goal for the visitors, Marc Albrighton makes it 0-1!

7: The Hammers look dangerous coming forward again, however, Masuaku can’t keep it in on the byline.

5: Masuaku starts off a move with some skill, but ends it with poor control, Foxes throw.

4: The visitors are able to calm things down a bit in midfield.

3: Masuaku looked to have won the first corner but Martin Atkinson said it was a goal-kick instead.

3: The Austrian winger does the same, another chance.

2: End-to-end, Arnautovic wins an attacking throw but nothing comes of it.

1: Early pressure from the visitors, but Mahrez gives away a free-kick.

8:00 PM: One last fierce roar and Riyad Mahrez gets the game underway for The Foxes.

7:57 PM: Bubbles rings out as the two teams take to the field, kick-off is almost upon us!!

7:50 PM: Plenty of noise already from the travelling supporters, it’s going to be electric under the lights here in Stratford.

7:45 PM: So, with the atmosphere building nicely here inside The London Stadium, it’s time to head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute score predictions.

7:30 PM: The two sets of players are out readying themselves here, but which will emerge victorious tonight? Stay right here to find out!

7:20 PM: Just a quick score update from Borehamwood where The U23s are facing Arsenal in The PL2, Vlad Dragomir has put the home side ahead and it remains, Arsenal U23s 1-0 West Ham United U23s.

7:15 PM: Here is what this evening’s full Teamsheet looks like, under an hour until kick-off now.

Leicester City Starting Xl: Schmeichel (GK), Simpson, Morgan (C), Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez, Gray, Vardy.

7:02 PM: That’s one change from Moyes as Skipper Mark Noble departs in favour of Arthur Masuaku.

West Ham United Starting Xl: Hart (GK), Zabaleta, Reid (C), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Kouyate, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku, Carroll.

Substitutes: Adrian (GK), Rice, Noble, Quina, Fernandes, Ayew, Sakho.

6:55 PM: The London Stadium is starting to fill up nicely as the FNF excitement builds, we will have Team News as soon as we get it.

6:45 PM: A stunning setting, tonight’s London Stadium scene, news of the starting Xls expected very soon.

6:25 PM: Food aside, we have just over 35 minutes until Team News here in East London, how will David Moyes set out his first home Xl as Hammers Boss? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter: @lukegcoyi or @MooreThanAClub.

6:20 PM: Dessert: Vanilla Mousse to cool down the Spicy Beef, now that was something special, we do get treated well here at London Stadium.

6:15 PM: Tonight’s delicious Main Course of Spicy Mexican Beef with Rice and Nachos, one of the best I have had.

5:45 PM: The Press Lounge is buzzing and there is a real sense of excitement in the air tonight, we will have Team News for you in around an hour.

5:30 PM: Good evening from London Stadium, where we will be bringing you live build-up, Text Commentary and reaction from tonight’s Premier League clash with Leicester City, it’s a second Friday night in a row for me here in Stratford as I was here last week to watch The U23s be defeated to the tune of 1-5 by Derby County, let’s hope for better this time around.