Leicester City stay in hunt for survival after win over West Ham

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson hailed the “outstanding” Esteban Cambiasso after a vital win that gave the Foxes fresh survival hope.

Leicester City stay in hunt for survival after win over West Ham

Cambiasso netted with a sweet strike in the 12th minute, hitting the ball first time from just outside the box after it had sat up for him from a ricochet.

West Ham almost found themselves 2-0 down but goalkeeper Adrian coming to their rescue by saving David Nugent’s 15th-minute penalty.

Leicester’s win was sealed by substitute Andy King’s late tap-in, following Cheikhou Kouyate’s equaliser around the half-hour. It was Leicester’s first win in nine league matches, leaving them just four points from safety with eight games left to play.

Pearson said of 34-year-old former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Argentina player Cambiasso: “Even if he hadn’t scored, I would still have said he was man of the match.

“Success for him at Leicester this year will be to be instrumental in us avoiding relegation. Hopefully he will be a success at that as well.”

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, de Laet (King 79), Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, James, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Albrighton 45), Nugent, Vardy, Ulloa (Kramaric 72)

WEST HAM: Adrián, Jenkinson, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Noble 30 Song (de Carvalho 88), Kouyaté, Downing, Nolan (Amalfitano 65), Sakho (Cole 80)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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