Noble red card haunts West Ham as Ndidi nets late Leicester equaliser

first_imgWilfred Ndidi scored a late equaliser to rescue a point for Leicester against a West Ham side who battled valiantly with ten men after captain Mark Noble was sent off on Saturday.Fabian Balbuena’s first Hammers goal looked like it might be enough for victory when he scored after half an hour. Eight minutes later Noble was sent off for a challenge on Ndidi. 4 West Ham took the league on the half-hour mark The complexion of the match changed with Noble’s dismissal. The West Ham captain slid in on Ndidi, catching the Leicester midfielder on the shin. Referee Michael Oliver quickly pulled out his red card.Leicester almost took immediate advantage of their numerical advantage by equalising just before half-time but Vicente Iborra’s diving header was brilliantly saved by Lukasz Fabianski.With Leicester chasing the game, Puel introduced Vardy for the start of the second half, with Rachid Ghezzal making way, and the striker flicked a header wide.West Ham were up against it with 10 men and Leicester, who had a couple of penalty appeals turned down, were starting to create openings regularly. Leicester laid siege to the West Ham goal thereafter and finally made the breakthrough after 89 minutes with Ndidi’s deflected strike making it 1-1.The Nigerian’s effort rescued Leicester from a third straight Premier League loss, a defeat which would have been scrutinised further following Claude Puel’s decision to drop Jamie Vardy.The match began brightly for Leicester as, with only two minutes on the clock, Kelechi Iheanacho swept in a cross from Marc Albrighton. But the offside flag was up.However West Ham then started to improve and took control. A lovely piece of skill by Felipe Anderson saw the Brazilian bring the ball down, glide past a couple of defenders and work Kasper Schmeichel with a fierce shot from the corner of the box.Robert Snodgrass flashed a couple of efforts wide and it was no surprise when West Ham went ahead.Anderson chipped the ball to the back post from a Snodgrass free-kick and Declan Rice headed it back across the penalty area where Balbuena saw his diving header hit the inside of a post before getting up to fire the rebound into an empty net from close range. 4 Ndidi earned a point for Leicester at the death There was no defence for Mark Noble 4 Fabianski made a fine double save to deny Albrighton just after the hour mark before Vardy glanced another header over the crossbar. Harry Maguire then saw a header clip the top of the bar after 67 minutes.West Ham should have made sure of all three points eight minutes from time but substitute Angelo Ogbonna was unable to turn a free header on target.Ndidi made them pay when his long-range shot took a huge deflection off Balbuena and spun the ball into the top corner of the net.The match ended on a sour note with Leicester’s Daniel Amartey being carried from the field on a stretcher needing oxygen after appearing to get his studs caught in the turf.MATCH STATS 4last_img read more